[Numpy-discussion] A Foundation for the support of NumPy and SciPy
Tue Oct 4 15:58:43 CDT 2011
At the recent US SciPy conference and at other times in the past I have been approached about the possibility of creating a foundation to support the development of SciPy and NumPy.
I know there are varying opinions about that, but I am generally very supportive of the idea and would like to encourage it as much as I can. It would be interesting to have a public discussion of the issues, but these discussions should not clog the main list of either NumPy or SciPy.
As a result, there has been set up a public mailing list for discussion of the creation of a Foundation for the Advancement of Scientific, Technical, and Engineering Computing Using High Level Abstractions (FASTECUHLA). The list is email@example.com
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The items to discuss include:
* where to organize
* what the purposes should be
* who should be members
* where should money come from
* what other organizations exist that we could either piggy-back on or emulate
* what are the pitfalls on starting a foundation to support NumPy and SciPy versus other approaches
* who has time to participate in its organization and maintenance
One important feature is that I see this foundation as a service opportunity and obligation and not as a "feather-in-the-cap" or something to join lightly. I'm hopeful that it can be a place where people and organizations can donate money and know that it will be going directly to further the core packages for Scientific Computing with Python.
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