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I would love to see the CVS to SVN migration happen by the end of the year for all of the OBF projects.

What would need from the project leaders is some sort of schedule. So you'd need to set a schedule for your project and coordinate how you want to make the migration happen and we (well George with some of the root-l people's help) can do the CVS to SVN changeover.

I don't think you HAVE to make a release before the changeover, but you just need to get your project coordinated so everyone knows about the ways to get code out.

How will people access the machines?

  • We will still have people use SSH to get onto the dev.open-bio.org machine to make commits so we will still have to give shell accounts on the dev machine.
    • for security reasons we have chosen not run any apache or webdav on dev so we can't do SVN over https. I would be willing to consider it, but I don't know what the potential security flaws are here and our code repositories are an important asset so we have tried to keep the machine as locked down as possible.
  • We will rsync the repository from dev to code.open-bio.org (or possibly using svnsync i.e. svnsync info.
  • anonymous SVN checkout and Browsing can be done via http://code.open-bio.org

ChrisD - what do you think? Can we go ahead and get and start the wheels turning on testing all of these things so that once a project is ready to transition we can just implement the changeover in a few hours? I know you have svnweb installed - is there any more testing that needs to be done? Can you look either rsync or svnsyncing the test bioperl repository in /home/svn-repositories?

Web 2.0 @ OBF

News Server

Most projects aren't really using the news servers (bioperl.org/news). It is worth keeping these installed? Should we consolidate things to a single newsfeed (news.open-bio.org) with projects as categories instead? I was hoping that projects would be able to designate some people to post summaries of list traffic and project progress through the news system, but I know this takes a lot of time.


I have started working to try and consolidate the installations so upgrades aren't such a big deal. I am sure the big meta-wiki sites have their way of doing this as well to make it easier, but I am not sure how I'd like to see it setup much differently.

There are quite a few orphan wiki sites right now - obda.open-bio.org, biosql.org- is there interest in still maintaining them? Otherwise we can redirect them to open-bio.org wiki and just flesh out some simple 1 page project descriptions there.

A potential crazy idea is to consolidate the content into a single wiki and just have project namespaces i.e. BioJava:Main_Page instead of the domain names (domain names would preferentially redirect to main page of a project i.e. biojava.org would link to wiki.open-bio.org/BioJava:Main_Page for example. Is this a good idea? Bad Idea? Harder to identify project branding with this I know, but some of the definition pages like multiple sequence alignment tools is harder.


If you have any feedback about how we move forward with web and web2.0 content for OBF let me know. We don't currently do much for networking developers and users, but we could try and emphasize things like facebook, linked in, scilink.com, or nature network as possible ways to try and connect everyone up a little more effectively beyond the mailing lists.

Mailing lists

We have had a steady set of volunteers dealing with mailing lists to moderate spam and other things. The Volunteers list had coordinated some of this. I'd like to check and see if this is still working well. Can we improve how moderation is done in any way - are there new software tools out there to make it easier to go to one place and see all the mail that needs to be moderated?

Recruiting drive

Part of some future stuff we'd like to do in OBF is recruit some more people to be part of the leadership. This is everything from being on the OBF Board to helping administer the machines, generate content for the websites and newsfeeds, and generally recognize the hard work that many people are doing behind the scenes. So if you are interested or want to help recruit people, please speak up.

I would also like to see us keep more of the history pages describing who and what have worked on the projects on the wikis. This is important to both give people credit for the work they did and for us to keep track of our history on the different projects.

We are making strides to get the OBF as a 503(c) organization and so it will be important to show the progress we make if we solicit donations from corporations.


Initial edits by jason 14:19, 27 October 2007 (EDT)