About the upcoming votes on L3 package proposals
19 May '11 15:58
Dear SBML community,
Many SBML Level 3 packages have been proposed. Until recently, the procedure for package acceptance was not fully elaborated, but the SBML Editors have made progress on this front:
The process involves voting on proposals for Level 3 package, something that has long been discussed but never actually implemented. We believe this step is important to achieve community consensus; however, it also presents a problem, in that many long-proposed packages did not receive the same kind of community vote that new packages will receive from now on. Therefore, in order that *all* package proposals be treated equally and fairly, we are now implementing a round of voting on all Level 3 package proposals. The goal of each vote is to reach consensus on whether the SBML community believes (a) the need addressed by each proposed package is something that should be addressed by SBML, and (b) whether the general approach proposed by each package proposal is appropriate and desirable. This is step 3 in the SBML Level 3 package proposal development process described at the URL above.
Over the next couple of weeks, we will issue calls for electronic votes on a dozen or so package proposals. In addition, in order to expedite the entire process, we have pre-formed the Package Working Group mailing lists for each existing package proposal. The forthcoming voting forms will allow you to sign up for the relevant list right away, if you are interested in pursuing more detailed discussions with the package developers and other interested parties.
We hope everyone will participate in this important process.
The SBML Editors
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