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Debian Science Extremadura work session?


On Thu, Dec 08, 2005 at 09:26:39AM -0600, Dirk Eddelbuettel wrote:

> Now, to make this a tad more actionable: Would someone want to make revival
> of this an item for the suggested Estremedura workshops and get some people
> in the same room for two or three days to push this further?  Anybody care to
> run with that idea and organise it?

After this suggestion and Steffen Moeller answer¹ I have created in
December the wiki page http://wiki.debian.org/DebianScienceMeetings
(without advertising it unfortunately).  Since then several meetings
are getting themselves organised.  See
http://wiki.debian.org/WorkSessionsExtremadura .  There seems to be
only two possible dates left (March 22-26 and December 13-17) but the
most important questions are:

1/ Who would be interested in?  I see possibly at least Dirk
Eddelbuettel, Steffen Moeller and I.

2/ What for?
Technical work.  Meeting of the people on this list who would take
advantage of such a gathering in order to strengthen the support of
scientific applications in Debian.  I am thinking of people around R,
Octave but maybe also people around ROOT, Maxima or Axiom and the like

I think it could be a good opportunity to get people from the Ubuntu
and Debian science team to settle efficient ways to cooperate and have
their works easily integrated into both distributions (hence the
crossposting to ubuntu-science).  So packaging and QA could be
practised a lot in such a meeting.

And nonetheless meet one each other.  Real life discussions are always
much more efficient than email exchanges (hence the success of
regional meetings and events like Debconf).

So, who would be interested in such a meeting?  At which (remaining)
dates?  I have put my own name as an example in the table in
http://wiki.debian.org/DebianScienceMeetings .  Who else?  Please add
your names and availability.

Moreover, this page is not dedicated to Extremadura only.  It can be
used to plan any possible meetings of people interested in science
applications during other upcoming free software events like:

 * who will be at Fosdem 2006?

 * who will be at Debconf 6?

 * and so on...

Obviously with such a message I am volunteering to help organise such
a meeting in Extremadura would it be considered interesting by the
Extremadura sponsors.

Best regards,
Frederic Lehobey

1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-science/2005/12/msg00032.html

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