One question that's come up is: do we want to continue using download.py? The burden on uploaders is moderately higher, in that the files all have to be tarred up in a particular way, and they have to be added to download.py, but it does provide a measure of robustness. If we do this, can we move download.py into the main distribution, under scripts/ ? Stephen, John, others who have used the script, what do you think about this?
I will not be insulted if we do away with the download script. If a web page of download links is easier for everyone around, that's fine by me. The best argument I can think of for keeping it, or something similar, it is forces some kind of uniformity so that the datasets are in an expected layout. Also, downloading tens of data dumps one at at time from a webpage is kind of tedious. That could be solved by having both the separate data dumps and a big 'ol tarball of the whole thing so people could get exactly what they want, but that doubles disk space on someone's computer.
But this isn't HIPPA medical data, so we can be loosie goosie if that makes things easier for everyone!