I have written a paper to detail and highlight this problem and propose some solutions. The abstract is below, and the paper can be downloaded for your review here:
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Demitri MunaCenter For Cosmology and AstroParticle PhysicsDepartment of AstronomyOhio State University
PLEASE NOTE! This is not an official paper of nor officially endorsed by the Astropy Project, rather it is a reflection of the opinions of the authors. Core members of the Astropy Project were consulted during the writing of this paper and their feedback incorporated. They are being explicitly not invited as co-authors to avoid any conflict of interest, but have no objection to anyone co-signing this paper.
Aside from suggestions and corrections from colleagues, the paper was written entirely by Demitri Muna, who takes full responsibility for any errors. The opinions of the paper are independent of Ohio State University.
2016.09.20 Edits: * Changed line related to LSST to recognize efforts to contribute back to Astropy to read: “LSST identified a number of areas where the use of Astropy could benefit LSST’s software and where LSST could contribute code to Astropy, and made several requests and proposals for modifications to Astropy software to integrate more easily with LSSTs software (Jenness et al. 2016).” * Updated citations for most software packages. * Restored a line (about non-US institutions) that was accidentally deleted.