[BioC] How you can help Bioconductor improve

Seth Falcon sfalcon at fhcrc.org
Wed Aug 24 17:28:49 CEST 2005

Hi All,

We are getting ready for the next release of Bioconductor and I watned
to let you know about two ways that you can help the project improve.

1. Give feedback to package maintainers

   This is the time to stress-test the packages you like to use and
   communicate any bugs, feature requests, or ideas for improvement to
   the package's maintainer.  The maintainer's email address can be
   displayed by loading the package in R and calling

   The most useful feedback for package maintainers will be from users
   exercising the current devel version of the package.  If you want
   to test the latest stuff, install R-devel and then use the biocLite
   script which will automatically detect R-devel and install devel
   versions of Bioconductor packages.

2. Donate Documentation

   Bioconductor packages (are supposed to) come with vignettes, short
   documents written in Sweave that demonstrate the use of the
   package.  We would like to solicit contributions from the
   Bioconductor community of Sweave documents that demonstrate the use
   of one or more Bioconductor packages to accomplish specific
   analysis tasks.  So if you have figured out how to use some of the
   Bioconductor packages to accomplish your analysis goals, consider
   writing up an example that others can use.

Thanks for the help,

+ seth

PS: The upcoming Bioconductor release will follow the release of R
by a few days and is tentatively scheduled for early October.

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