pyOpenSci Meeting Notes - 4 April 2019#


  • Leah Wasser - CU Boulder

  • Jenny Palomino - CU Boulder

  • Kylen Solvik - CU Boulder

  • Luiz Irber - UC Davis

  • Neil Chue Hong - Software Sustainability Institute / University of Edinburgh

  • Max Joseph - CU Boulder

  • Joe Hamman - NCAR

  • Leonardo Uieda - UH Manoa

  • Chris Holdgraf - UC Berkeley


  1. Check out our website!!

    • Our organization:

    • Dev guide:

    • Aims and scope + package categories:

  2. Scipy BOF

  3. Our Review process - Discussion Points

    • Mentorship option on the pre-submission - Kylen will add some language

    • Mentorship option for reviewing packages – pair experienced reviewers with new reviewers …

    • Review:: let’s consider a bot to get an automatic thank you (maybe include some additional resources to review, etc while they wait)

      • Example pre-review issue in JOSS:

      • github welcome bot –

      • Whedon the JOSS bot – does anyone have experience setting up a bot?? – maybe we can find someone from – Arfon might be the one to ask about this…

        • Command line:

        • API (deployed to Heroku):

        • we might need to fork the repo to fit our review process. can we implement a “soft fork” to ensure we can keep tabs on the latest technical updates …

    • Who would like to be (have time for) editors

      • Leah is happy to help with this now.

      • Luiz

    • Who would like to be (have time for) reviewers?

      • Rather than have everyone watch the repo, ping a few specific people or define a process to identify reviewers

      • Neil will review a package

      • Chris will review

      • Leo

      • Kylen

    • Can we get feedback from our reviewers on the process?? What is that mechanism?

      • feedback issue perhaps in a repo???

      • or a link to the issue

      • does rOpenSci do surveys??? followup on that – followup with Steph B about this ??

  4. Go over the review steps

JOSS potential issues

  • what packages they don’t accept – ie they don’t accept API wrappers

  1. Package reviewers wanted!! (We need 4 total + 2 editors to move the process along)

    • Package one:

    • Will anyone volunteer to review - erddapy

    • Jenny & Chris will work together

    • Neil

  2. We will submit earthpy for review

    • need reviewers here too


  3. Goals before BOF

    • GOAL 1: have 1-2 packages reviewed by Mid june??

    • GOAL 2: revisit the 2-pager

  4. Spreading the word to more people?

    • Keep doing it!

To Dos#

  • look into the whedon bot

  • Someway to capture feedback on our process – survey??

  • Kylen / Chris will help with the bot setup– whedon the bot