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Communication on Debian Science Was: (Re: New Debian Science metapackages (Was: debian-science_0.16_amd64.changes ACCEPTED into unstable))

Le mardi 17 avril 2012 à 22:03 -0400, Yaroslav Halchenko a écrit :
> Under this umbrella of the subject from an automated response let me
> bring a related topic:
> With the blooming number of scientific applications we
> carry/support in Debian I think that we should start thinking about
> positioning Wheezy 7.0 as "scientific as in the guts not as in the name"
> (slogan can vary ;-) ).  IMHO Debian as a rich platform for scientific
> computing is heavily undervalued, and partially that is due to us just
> doing work and not much PR, and that we are working within bigger
> project (i.e. Debian) and not on a half-baked derivative with its own
> name.
> So, here are few activities I think worth pursuing
> - catchy release notes statement highlighting well-covered fields of
>   science, computing platforms (distributed, MPI, ...),... 
> - some short high-level tech-review paper to be submitted to some
>   relatively well known journal (not sure if we could aim at Science ;-)
>   but who knows...) which provides a tasty introduction into such an
>   ideal platform for a scientist, and then brief glance overview how it
>   addresses those topics everyone in scientific communities
>   drooling about: reproducibility (e.g.  snapshoting with cpack, VMs),
>   sharing (obvious for anyone in FOSS, but might be worth making it
>   explicit), methodologies rapid dissemination and adoption,
>   community-driven (once again -- obvious, but making explicit lack of
>   commercial company baby sitting etc, would imho be beneficial), etc.
>   interested to join?  I think I will start composing it time
>   permitting... 
You are right. We suck at PR.
This sounds as great ideas. Count me in!


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