[Neuroimaging] Site Discussion

Eleftherios Garyfallidis garyfallidis at gmail.com
Wed Aug 26 20:52:26 CEST 2015

Hi Vanessa,

I think we need to setup a hangout to discuss about this. Before we move
forward with more coding.
Figuring out the content will make designing the website much easier.

By the way thank you for all the hard work. It's really inspiring.

One important issue is what the portal will be about. And that is not
currently clear.

If the purpose is only to provide links to the other websites then we can
just use the technology that
we already have using sphinx and/or bootstrap/css or pelican.

If the purpose is to make something that is really dynamic and people can
add comments on the fly
I think we really need something like django.

But anyway. Can all the interested parties meet and discuss these following
important issues:

a) What the portal is about? We need to reach consensus. This is currently

b) Which projects are currently under the neuroimaging in python umbrella?
Projects that do not share the
same vision should not be promoted. I think. But maybe others think
differently. I would like to hear the
opinions on that.

c) How the website and e-mail lists/forums will benefit and promote the
work and the vision of this organization.

d) Make some decisions on the technologies that we can use to support a, b,

Maybe points b and c are not clear. So here are some clarifications.

(b) is critical because for example I saw that you added in the website
projects which are not currently under our
github organization https://github.com/nipy. I think we need consensus to
take such a decisions.

(c) is also much related to Matthew's e-mail for supporting or not
Neurostars for answering questions about the NIPY
projects. This information and whatever we decide must be highlighted
clearly in the portal.

My feeling is that we really need such a meeting and that the discussion in
the e-mail list was not that helpful.

I know you specifically were happy to hangout as I suggested in a previous

I hope you can suggest a time and then resolve this and move on to a better

Best regards,

On Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 1:54 PM, vanessa sochat <vsochat at stanford.edu>

> exactly :)
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uwzg7SYZKF0
> On Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 10:46 AM, Ariel Rokem <arokem at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Sorry - didn't see that one for some reason.
>> On Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 9:23 AM, Vanessa Villamia Sochat <
>> vsochat at stanford.edu> wrote:
>>> Hi everyone!
>>> I thought more about this on my walk - here is a reasonable game plan! I
>>> will do the work to put together a solution that integrates Ariel's
>>> original vision with ghpages, the parts of Jekyll that do work, and a more
>>> non developer friendly integrated blog. I think this could meet all of our
>>> goals and be a solution that better integrates social aspects of our
>>> community - github just doesn't specialize in blogging but many services
>>> do. If that does not work, then we can go to Sphinx. Boum!
>> +1
>> Bada-boum!
>>> I will send out an update likely during weekend time when I've tested
>>> some things.
>>> Best,
>>> Vanessa
>>> > On Aug 26, 2015, at 8:32 AM, Matthew Brett <matthew.brett at gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>> >
>>> > Hi,
>>> >
>>> >> On Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 4:10 PM, vanessa sochat <vsochat at stanford.edu>
>>> wrote:
>>> >> Hi Group,
>>> >>
>>> >> Ben and I are having some discussion on the higher level goals of the
>>> site,
>>> >> and want to bring everyone in. In summary, we want something that is
>>> easy to
>>> >> contribute content to, and has continuous integration for previewing
>>> >> updates. I am wondering, what was wrong with the initial look of the
>>> site?
>>> >> Was it that sphinx is hard to update?
>>> >
>>> > Actually, I think that sphinx is a very good option, and most other
>>> > scientific Python sites use sphinx for their main pages.
>>> >
>>> > The particular template that we were using was a little dated and
>>> > ugly, but I bet that could be improved.
>>> >
>>> > Most if not all developers are perfectly capable of building the
>>> > sphinx documentation locally to preview it, but we can also do what
>>> > other projects are doing, and build / publish the docs in some
>>> > temporary place for each commit, using an entry in the travis-ci
>>> > matrix of jobs.
>>> >
>>> > I think Ariel was particularly attracted to Jekyll / github pages,
>>> > because it is very easy to get a rendered version to look at with a
>>> > git push, and although that is generally desirable, I think building /
>>> > reviewing locally is at least as important.
>>> >
>>> > So - if it were entirely up to me - I would prefer we go back to
>>> > sphinx, on the basis that it is a very familiar workflow to most
>>> > Python developers.
>>> >
>>> > Thanks very much for doing all this work by the way - it's very
>>> > helpful, and I'm sorry that we are going round and round.
>>> >
>>> > See you,
>>> >
>>> > Matthew
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