[Python-ideas] Add a __cite__ method for scientific packages

David Mertz mertz at gnosis.cx
Fri Jun 29 20:57:32 EDT 2018

On Fri, Jun 29, 2018, 8:14 PM Andrei Kucharavy <andrei.kucharavy at gmail.com>
> Not all packages are within the numpy/scipy universe - Pandas and Seaborn
are notable examples.

Huh?! Pandas is a thin wrapper around NumPy. To be fair, it is a wrapper
that adds a huge number of wrapping methods and classes. Seaborn in turn
has at least a soft dependency on Pandas (some of the charts really need a
DataFrame to work from).

I like the idea of standardizing curation information. But it has little to
do with Python itself. Getting the authors of scientific packages to agree
on conventions is what needed, and doing that requires accurately
determining their needs, not some mandate from Python itself. Nothing in
the language needs to change to agree on some certain collection of names
(perhaps dunders, perhaps not), and some certain formats for the data that
might live inside them.

Down the road, if there gets to be widespread acceptance of these
conventions, Python standard library might include a function or two to
work with them. But the horse should go before the cart.
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