Some scientific funding agencies put considerable pressure on research grant applicants to explain how to possibly bring their developments to practical applications, i.e. to distribute the software. Debian and its derivative distributions are a very suitable medium for this purpose.

Debian Med hopes to help the communication between developers for the sharing of data management, i.e. the input for their tools that should be consistent for all tools contributing to a scientific workflow. While some ideas like e.g. getData [Charles Plessy, Steffen Möller, 2010], have been developed, this still needs to be amended to suit the community better.

Another aspect is education. Debian or Ubuntu are used in many student computer labs around the globe with many having packages from Debian Med installed. We should hope for the development of courses that involve Debian packages and those course materials to be shared similarly to the tools themselves.

Andreas Tille 2010-12-10