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Old 02-12-2009, 12:09 PM
Steffen Moeller
Default Bug#514984: ITP: getdata -- retrieval, updating and indexing of public data collections

Package: wnpp
Severity: wishlist
Owner: Steffen Moeller <steffen_moeller@gmx.de>

* Package name : getdata
Upstream Author : Steffen Moeller <moeller@debian.org>, Charles Plessy <plessy@debian.org>
* URL : http://wiki.debian.org/getData
* License : AGPL
Programming Lang: Perl
Description : retrieval, updating and indexing of public data collections

getData (so its somewhat unfortunate runnign title) specifies a series
of public datasets in astronomy and bioinformatics to allow the data's
* download
* updates
* indexing
* specification of dependencies on other Debian packages and other databases

The script depends on wget for the download. Other Debian packages have
been created that depend on getData. A config directory in /etc will
incrementally accept more and more specifications of external databases
and a post-install script will then call getDat perform the installation.

The script is straight forward in its implementation and seems well-documented.
It is therefore easily extended by the community. The challenge now is to find
a better name than a mere "getData" - or are you all happy about it?


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