[Bioc-devel] Download numbers

Patrick Aboyoun paboyoun at fhcrc.org
Mon Nov 10 18:18:34 CET 2008

The Seattle group with Herve Pages at the lead has been gathering 
download information and polishing off a prototype for displaying the 
results. Herve's gone through a few iterations to ensure we have the 
right data and are presenting them in a reasonable manner. Once we are 
confident we have something useful to the community, we will release it 
into the wild. I would anticipate this happening sooner rather than later.


Steffen Neumann wrote:
> Hi BioC-infrastructure-maintainers,
> recently someone asked me whether BioC has 
> a download counter for the packages, which comes in 
> very handy if you want to know your user base
> (and for writing grant applications).
> So I propose to add download counters
> for the binary and source tarballs 
> on the package pages http://bioconductor.org/packages/2.3/bioc/html/package.html
> One'd have to discuss (or simply define :-)
> whether these are grant totals, or by-version, 
> by-month, and/or by-architecture etc. 
> Currently there are only few bioc mirrors, 
> so I'd expect the numbers from bioc.org log files 
> to be a) a lower bound and b) not too far off 
> the actual download rates.
> Yours,
> Steffen

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