How to contribute to Debian Med?

This page is for people who wonder how they could help the Debian Med project.



Possible tasks for Debian Med sprints

Add new lintian checks

Create IANA Media ("MIME") types for sequence files

Unregistered MIME types (now called Media Types) should be registered with IANA, to make sure the name is reserved and known to everyone. See and for an example of a successful registration related to Debian Med.

With IANA Media Types it is possible to announce file format support using .desktop files allowing desktop environment can handle such files automatically. It is probably also possible to announce it without a desktop file, as can be seen in the khmer.metadata.xml file in the khmer package.

The IANA Media Type should preferably be commonly known and originate from the community using the file format, to avoid several conflicting registration requests for the same format.

Related efforts: Bioinformatics Format Standards working group hosted by the Open Bioinformatics Foundation

Fix bugs

You have several options to find your bug squashing target:

Update aging packages

You can use this script to find aging packages by accessing a public UDD mirror.

Wanted Java packages




  4. Get rid of *.jar files in package

Non-Debian projects at Medical Free/Libre and Open Source Software

The MedFLOSS project is maintaining a nice list of free medical software which is not yet available in Debian. The most interesting feature of this list is the ranking which is created by user interaction which gives some measure how attractive a project might be for users. So just visit this page and find a target for Debian packaging.