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  * Epidemiology: [[http://debian-med.alioth.debian.org/tasks/epi#netepi-analysis|NetEpi]]   * Epidemiology: [[https://blends.debian.org/med/tasks/epi#netepi-analysis|NetEpi]]

How to contribute to Debian Med?

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



  • Package one of the most wanted packages from each section
  • Watch the list of bugs and fix bugs or try to provide a patch.

  • For ITPs please follow Debian Med policy

  • Make sure that your package is listed in our task list.

  • Have a look at the QA page of Debian Med packaging team

  • If you are not yet a developer but want to become a developer yourself you might like to start reading here.

Possible tasks for Debian Med sprints

Add new lintian checks

  • Verify that team name matches location in Vcs-* fields
  • Verify valid characters in Vcs-* fields ('<', '>' should be invalid)

  • Verify correct sequence files?

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 http://www.iana.org/assignments/media-types/media-types.xhtml and http://www.iana.org/assignments/media-types/application/vnd.oxli.countgraph 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

  1. https://anonscm.debian.org/cgit/pkg-java/maven-scala-plugin.git

  2. https://anonscm.debian.org/cgit/pkg-java/libnetlib-java.git

  3. https://anonscm.debian.org/cgit/pkg-java/libmtj-java.git

  4. Get rid of *.jar files in https://anonscm.debian.org/cgit/debian-med/igv.git 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.