Open Source Flow Cytometry Data Analysis Software

David Chambers davidc at
Sun Nov 4 13:54:59 EST 2001

I would like to second the idea of setting up such a project.  I think
this is a really wonderful idea and one which is long overdue.

Although like Geoff, I'm not sure I'm the person with the necessary
organizational skills for this project I am willing to put in a good
deal of effort, and can offer things like a web home, mailing list
and a cvs server.  Alternatively there's places like Sourceforge.
Also I am willing to have a bash at organizing it if necessary.
Heck, I can probably even do a bit of programming as well! :-)

I'd like to put in my $0.02 now, that the project should be open
sourced and put under a license such as the GPL so that the entire
community can benefit in perpertuity.

So let's hear from all interested parties and we can get the ball

All the best

	- David

David Chambers
<davidc at>
Salk CCMI/Flow Cytometry
10010 N Torrey Pines Rd
La Jolla, CA 92037, USA

On Fri, 02 Nov 2001 10:43:44 +1000, Geoffrey Osborne <geoff.osborne at> wrote:
> Dear All,
>	I'd like to start a discussion, and gauge peoples interest in creating an
> Open Source Flow Cytometry Data Analysis Software package.
>	For those of you who are unfamiliar with the concept of open source
> software please have a look here
> "The basic idea behind open source is very simple: When programmers can
> read, redistribute, and modify the source code for a piece of software, the
> software evolves. People improve it, people adapt it, people fix bugs. And
> this can happen at a speed that, if one is used to the slow pace of
> conventional software development, seems astonishing."
>	The reasons behind my interest in such a project are many fold:
> * Firstly, from a standpoint "flow community spirit" it just plain makes
> sense, as a group we have the ability to achieve so much.
> * Secondly, there is the matter of economics, we can all benefit from such
> a product, (including commercial vendors for example
> or commercial end users like Amazon shifting to Linux)and in particular in
> developing countries where the cost of some commercial packages could be
> prohibitive.
> * Thirdly, development time of the "ultimate" no cost flow analysis package
> could be incredibly short
>	That said, we are willing to put our "money where our mouth is" and
> provide source code towards such a package. I'm not necessarily the person
> with the skills to set up or manage such a project, but would contribute
> where I could.
>	Your thoughts?
> Yours in anticipation,
> Geoffrey Osborne
> Specialist, Flow Cytometry,
> John Curtin School of Medical Research,
> The Australian National University,
> Canberra, 0200, ACT. AUSTRALIA
> email: geoff.osborne at
> (61 2) 6125 3694.

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