Open Source Flow Cytometry Data Analysis Software

David Chambers davidc at ccmi.salk.edu
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
rolling.

All the best

	- David


David Chambers
<davidc at ccmi.salk.edu>
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 anu.edu.au> 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
> http://www.opensource.org/
> "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 http://www.redhat.com
> 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 anu.edu.au
> http://jcsmr.anu.edu.au/facslab/facshome.html
>
> (61 2) 6125 3694.





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