2010-09-21: Agenda notes

Review of eScience All-Hands Meeting

  • Interesting things learned
  • People to keep in touch with, etc
  • Actions to take (e.g. documenting outcomes on website) -- shall we post the slides?


  • Missing areas of research - e.g. software synthesis?
  • Ask how much software development experience the respondent has?
  • Ask what (if any) version control software they use?
  • Ask whether they use any hosting services, e.g. SourceForge, Google Code, GitHub, Bitbucket etc?
  • Ask for general comments?
  • Send survey to autumn-school nominees as well?

Open questions in strategic planning

  • Is hosting code, data etc our best approach, or are there more cost-effective, simple, effective, sustainable etc alternatives?
  • What route to sustainability if we do provide hosting?
  • Review selection of applications, hosting platform etc (note: please review Chris's initial technical notes and thoughts on a repository service presentations)
  • Project management (e.g. this document) -- use same platform, or something else?
  • Identify institutions that might be keen on closer involvement at an early stage (from the preliminary survey results?) -- test out some ideas with them

Audio & Music Software Autumn School

  • Should we have a hands-on approach (eg. during the course developing and sharing of libraries and small programs within two different groups)?
  • Surveys:
    • send the participants the survey before the workshop
    • make a special feedback survey after the workshop and maybe one after 3/6 months, asking if they still use the methodologies learned in the workshop
  • What facilities will we need to provide? For example, will Greg be expecting us to make available a version control system, and if so will he be expecting a particular one? Should we be using this to launch the current code.soundsoftware site or is that too much of an imposition on their institutions?

Website and web presence

  • The creation of a community is vital for the success of this project. The website has currently a quite "formal" look and feel. Maybe it would be a good idea to make it more dynamic and social network oriented. The big question here: why would people want to visit our site?
  • Social networking: Twitter, Facebook, etc… -- where should we be? With what?


  • Server acquisition