[Bioperl-l] who, if anyone, "owns" Bio::
rvosa at sfu.ca
Fri Jul 22 19:54:09 EDT 2005
for a while now, I've been working on a set of perl modules for
phylogenetic analysis. Obviously, I would like other people to use these
too (and perhaps contribute to development as well), and so I wish to
upload them to the CPAN. The working title for the root name space has
been "Phylo::" but I'd like to change this because - rightly - the perl
community is hesitant towards a proliferation of top level name spaces.
Also, I might wish to incorporate my work into the bioperl release (that
is, if the core developers agree) because, well, fragmentation helps
no-one. I am however on the fence on this second issue.
To help me understand these issues I direct the following questions to
the folks in the know:
* is the Bio:: namespace reserved for BioPerl proper or can other people
- if appropriate - use it as their top level name space, in the same way
as, say, WWW:: or CGI::?
* Do modules that use the Bio:: namespace have to be part of the bioperl
release? I for one think bioperl is wonderful, but it is mostly aimed at
molecular biologists, and so a phylogeneticist or evolutionary biologist
might not want to install the whole thing just to use peripheral
functionality. After all, BioPerl is (with all due respect) starting to
grow into a fairly monolithic install.
Basically, I'm curious whether it would be okay on your part if I
submitted my work under the Bio:: namespace, but as separate installs,
to the comprehensive perl archive network. Like I said, I am at this
point not entirely of one mind w.r.t merging/contributing to bioperl
proper - to be honest, I fear that might be a hairy proposition what
with other modules possibly making assumptions about underlying data
structures in the packages rather than following the advertised API and
what not, but I'm certainly interested in discussing that also.
Looking forward to your replies!
Rutger Vos, PhD. candidate
Department of Biological Sciences
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC, V5A1S6
Personal site: http://www.sfu.ca/~rvosa
FAB* lab: http://www.sfu.ca/~fabstar
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