Re: New Debian Science metapackages (Was: debian-science_0.16_amd64.changes ACCEPTED into unstable)
> > interested to join? I think I will start composing it time
> > permitting...
> I would like to partecipate to this initiative.
> How can I help?
Difficult to answer since I am not sure what you would be interested in
working on, so let me outline possible lines of work we could pursue
at spare moments I have just started dumping random thoughts
and trying to layout possible flow (via section headings) of the
so you should be just
git clone git://anonscm.debian.org/debian-science/papers.git
sudo apt-get install latex-make
away from being able to compile it.
* Paper structuring/message
clearly nothing is settled yet with the structure, what should be
the message(s) we thread through the paper, and how to make
this paper an interesting and informative read.
Clearly we should exercise topics of
- technical excellence
- addressing research specific problems
+ sustainability (of software and a system as a whole)
as the ones others are seeking for (see those references for NSF etc
in the draft) and which Debian has been delivering already
The trailer/conclusion part I think should be where we guide/invite
the reader into "Debian ecosystem" as a user/contributor/... by
announcing upcoming wheezy release, describing that even trying the
system and reporting the problems is a valuable contribution so that
Debian becomes THEIR system not only as of the choice but also really
of being part of something bigger and better ;)
So ideas on how to deliver above, or what should be the structure, or
what is wrong with proposed one -- everything is welcome.
I am yet not sure what should be the best format/venue for such
discussions (here on the list, or straight in the manuscript)...
* Think about visualization(s)
Good visualizations are indispensable. We will need one (or
two) and we should decide on what aspects they should demonstrate
- Debian release suites/flow and their fit for particular user groups,
e.g. some lightweight version of Claudio's Debian infographics
NB unfortunately it is under somewhat restrictive license as is and I
did no even see the sources
- growth plots of scientific apps coverage in different fields
might be tricky to collect the information, but should be
feasible based on debian-science task pages and historical popcon
data, or ... ?
but imho we need some plot with a historical perspective to show the
growth (which I do not doubt there) and in particular connection to
- illustration of "Debian ecosystem" and where particular software
projects/developers and users fit. In our NeuroDebian life-time we
came up with few attempts to depict such e.g.
* really basic "from scientists to scientists" message
in top portion of
* workflow and support channels between upstream/debian/users
(sorry -- could not find where if we had it publicly, but
here it comes from Michael Hanke:
- more ideas?
* write a script to gather bib references from
into a .bib file
we will need those, so that is a little project for someone ;)
* somewhat related: as far as I see, Debian Science "project" has no
logo and having one might be at least cool, and otherwise useful for
promotion of the scientific nature of debian
so I would encourage someone with design/artistic skills ;)
uff -- enough for a start but if you see more -- please chime in.
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