Short Term tasks
Given that SEUL/sci is a relatively new project, there are a lot
of possible tasks that we could take on. These below are merely some of
the possibilities. We need many volunteers: project leaders, organizers,
writers, webmasters, documenters, and developers. Please read through this
list, and mail firstname.lastname@example.org if anything here
catches your eye, or if you want to help start any other projects.
- Someone should go though the current Linux
in science reports and update the current software list to reflect all of the packages
that have been mentioned. Also, the current version relase of the software should be listed
as well. Initially, this would take a few hours to go through the existing reports, so some
web hacking skills would be useful. Subsequently, entries can be added with subsequent
- I've contacted the webmaster of the SAL
(Scientific Applications on Linux)
web site and he's happy to let us point directly to apps in SAL's software list
rather than developping our own list of existing software (this would be different than
creating the description list I mention in the next section).
this with Freshmeat and it seems to work well.
- We need to communicate with other scientific / engineering development projects,
as well as keep a list of these projects so that we can share our common resources
- There are a lot of GPL-based scientific / engineering projects out there that could
benefit from the hosting and other expertise that SEUL and its sponsored projects could
provide. Many existing projects can be found on SAL and Freshmeat, and we should
approach the smaller projects (the ones that could use help the most) so that they
can remain free software and continue to develop.
Long Term tasks
In the longer term, there are a few things that should be done:
- A document advocating the use of Linux in science ('Why Linux for Science')
should be drafted and posted. There are a lot of reasons why Linux
makes sense in research, ranging from price to the plethora of applications,
security, robustness, and the ability to integrate into existing lab /
research infrastructures without requiring the expense of a forklift
- We need a list of existing Linux software and resources for science, along with a
one or two paragraph explanation of the strengths and weaknesses of
the packages / resource. Some candidates for such as list would include the
GRASS GIS, the
R Statistical Package,
molecular drawing software, etc.
- At a later time, we will have to think about communications at major scientific and
engineering conferences. To this end, a slide presentation (using Magic Point or something
similar) should be at least partially built so that those having the opportunity to present
SEUL/sci at these conferences do not have to create their show from scratch.
Please contact Pete if you want to work on
any of these projects.