[SciPy-user] ANN: SciKits Portal

Ondrej Certik ondrej@certik...
Mon Dec 15 09:16:26 CST 2008

On Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 4:02 PM, Stéfan van der Walt <stefan@sun.ac.za> wrote:
> Dear SciPy Community
> In recent discussions it came to light that SciKits, our equivalent of
> toolboxes or packages, fullfil an important role in the SciPy
> life-cycle.  First, it is a staging ground for code to be included in
> SciPy, where code can mature in view of community feedback.  Second,
> it provides a home for packages with licenses or scope different to
> that of the main SciPy distribution.
> David Cournapeau and myself thought that a SciKits portal, similar in
> spirit to the GNU/R Package Repository [1] or the mloss.org site [2],
> would be a good way to market SciKits and to promote them for general
> use by the community.  The Division of Applied Mathematics at
> Stellenbosch University donated some funds, allowing us to hire Janto
> Dreijer to bring this idea to fruition.  The resulting
> work-in-progress can be found here:
> http://scikits.appspot.com
> Features include:
> - Aggregation of information on SciKits, based on PyPi entries
> - Short, permanent URLs to refer to packages, e.g.
> http://scikits.appspot.com/example or http://scikits.appspot.com/ann
> (the domain should become scikits.scipy.org).
> - Automatically generated (and templated) installation instructions
> - ReStructuredText rendering of package descriptions as provided by
> authors (currently disabled)
> - Searchable package listing (weighted algorithm to be implemented)
> Please note that the current text snippets are just place-holders, and
> that they can be changed by any person with the appropriate
> permissions.
> We would like to invite the community to give feedback, so that we can
> improve the framework further and make a useful contribution.
> Thank you for reading, and happy hacking!

Excellent job! Is there somewhere the source code of the portal so
that people can send patches to it?

How can one add a new scikits to it?


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