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[[Helen Faulkner's talk
http://dc5video.debian.net/2005-07-17/Using_Debian_for_science_research-Helen_Faulkner.mpeg]]
at [wiki:Self:DebConf5Talks ["Debconf5"]].
[Helen Faulkner's talk
http://dc5video.debian.net/2005-07-17/Using_Debian_for_science_research-Helen_Faulkner.mpeg]
at [wiki:Self:DebConf5Talks Debconf5].

== Some ideas emerging from Helen's talk ==
(please complete)

 * The dedicated mailing list [http://lists.debian.org/debian-science/ debian-science] has been created [http://lists.debian.org/debian-science/2005/07/msg00000.html thanks to Pascal Hakim] ([http://murphy.debian.org/lists/debian-science/details.html mailing list statistics]). And if you wonder why the mailing-list reply-to is set to the author instead of the list itself, [http://www.unicom.com/pw/reply-to-harmful.html here] are some explanations.
 * DebianScience could also be a [wiki:Self:CustomDebian CDD project].
 * It could also be turned into a ["LiveCD"]. [http://dirk.eddelbuettel.com/quantian/ Quantian] already does much of this.
 * Development frameworks (should be painless):
   * kdevelop for KDE
   * Anjuta for Gnome
 * [wiki:Self:DebianScienceOctave Is Octave really usable]? The main differences or missing features with respect to Matlab should be documented.
 * Easy and simple tools to plot data (possibly separate by scriptable and/or gui, plotting for papers vs for 'exploring' data)
   * [http://www.gnuplot.info/ gnuplot] is nice for quick and for paper quality plots once you get used to it. CLI only.
   * python is good at that
   * labplot is a nice gui plotter that handles 3D data
   * openoffice.org calc can be used to plot 2D data
   * [http://plasma-gate.weizmann.ac.il/Grace/ xmgrace] (from xmgr/ace) seems popular here for 2D publication-quality plotting
   * [wiki:Self:DebianScienceR GNU R] is a free implementation of the S programming language for statistical analysis. It is very useful for data visualization and other computational science tasks.
   * [["OpenDX"] http://www.opendx.org/] is very powerful (for 3D data) but cannot be started intuitivly (aside from import quirks, it is once you understand the idea, though)
   * [http://mayavi.sourceforge.net/ MayaVi] is a data visualizer written in Python based on [http://public.kitware.com/VTK/ vtk]; its available as debian package "mayavi"
   * [http://www.paraview.org/ ParaView] is a parallel visualization application based on [http://public.kitware.com/VTK/ vtk]
   * [http://soft.proindependent.com/qtiplot.html QtiPlot] (GPL, no debian package yet) young promising [http://www.originlab.com/ Origin] clone
 * Necessity of a [wiki:Self:DebianScienceFortran good Fortran integration]
   * Requires also libs (e.g. for FFT) which are often present in add-ons for commercial compilers (FFTW connection in Fortran working now?)
 * Useful tools for writing papers - word processing and !LaTeX
   * kile (KDE late editor)
   * openoffice.org (office suite - good but not 100% !["MSOffice"] filters)
 * Useful mathematical libraries
   * [wiki:Self:DebianScienceFftw FFTW and ["FFTW3"]] (Fast Fourier Transforms)
   * [wiki:Self:DebianScienceBlas ATLAS and LAPACK] (Linear Algebra)
   * [wiki:Self:["DebianScienceGSL"] GSL] (special functions, pseudorandom numbers, optimizers, solvers, etc. etc.)
   * ["GLPK"] (linear, integer and mixed programming library)

== Links already inside Debian project ==
 * DebianScienceDebianLinks

== Outside links related to science or scientific projects ==
 * DebianScienceOtherLinks

== Efforts that could be undertaken ==
 * ["DebianScienceCDD"]
 * ["DebianScienceLiveCD"]
 * DebianScienceClassification

== Thematic links ==
 * DebianScienceBiology
 * DebianScienceChemistry
 * DebianScienceConferenceTools
 * DebianScienceDataPlotting
 * DebianScienceElectronics
 * DebianScienceMathematics
 * DebianSciencePhysics
 * DebianScienceProgramming
 * DebianSciencePublishing
 * DebianScienceTips

(many still missing)

== Unfilled needs ==
 * [http://lists.debian.org/debian-science/2005/08/msg00002.html good free software to work with tomographic datasets]

== Other contributions ==
(some thoughts added by smoe):

Independent from Helen's presentations that I cannot access at the moment there is

 * A technical side of things
   * Open Hardware for data aquisition
   * Linux Lab Project
 * Huge amount of software
   * End user applications
     * Kstars / general astronomy
     * K12 / Education
       * Debian-Junior
   * Things working in the background
     * Parallel computing
       * Cluster software (Sun Gridware, Torque, Condor, LSF)
       * Grid software (Globus, [http://www.nordugrid.org wiki:Self:NorduGrid])
       * ["Boinc"] (see also {alioth:pkg-boinc})
       * MPI / PVM
     * Statistics
       * [http://www.r-project.org R]
       * Maple/Octave
 * A community side of things
   * This wiki page
   * Debian at large
   * Others
   * This

The goal for this page is to collect material around the ideas discussed at [Helen Faulkner's talk http://dc5video.debian.net/2005-07-17/Using_Debian_for_science_research-Helen_Faulkner.mpeg] at [wiki:?DebConf5Talks Debconf5].

Some ideas emerging from Helen's talk

(please complete)

  • ?DebianScienceDebianLinks

  • ?DebianScienceOtherLinks

Efforts that could be undertaken

  • ["DebianScienceCDD"]
  • ["DebianScienceLiveCD"]
  • ?DebianScienceClassification

  • ?DebianScienceBiology

  • ?DebianScienceChemistry

  • ?DebianScienceConferenceTools

  • ?DebianScienceDataPlotting

  • ?DebianScienceElectronics

  • ?DebianScienceMathematics

  • ?DebianSciencePhysics

  • ?DebianScienceProgramming

  • ?DebianSciencePublishing

  • DebianScienceTips

(many still missing)

Unfilled needs

Other contributions

(some thoughts added by smoe):

Independent from Helen's presentations that I cannot access at the moment there is

  • A technical side of things
    • Open Hardware for data aquisition
    • Linux Lab Project
  • Huge amount of software
    • End user applications
      • Kstars / general astronomy
      • K12 / Education
        • Debian-Junior
    • Things working in the background
  • A community side of things
    • This wiki page
    • Debian at large
    • Others
    • This