Hi Benjamin, thanks for contacting the Debian Med team.
On Tue, Mar 06, 2018 at 04:12:23PM -0500, Benjamin Redelings wrote: > I see that many bioinformatics programs such as muscle, mafft, and fsa > (alignment) and mrbayes, beast-mcmc, and phyml (phylogenetics), etc. are > maintained by the "Debian Med Packaging Team". That's correct. > I uploaded a package for > bali-phy (which does simultaneous alignment) to mentors.debian.net. > (Disclaimer: I am the author). I was originally planning to try to maintain > this on my own, but (supposing people are interesting in this package) would > the Debian Med team be a better structure? Definitely. The Debian Med team has evolved to a strong group of people interested in bioinformatics. Upstream authors are more than welcome to maintain their packages inside the team. > Many of the programs that I use (such as figtree) are available in > Debian now, but a few (e.g. tracer: > http://tree.bio.ed.ac.uk/software/tracer/, So we should probably package tracer. > canu: > https://github.com/marbl/canu) are not. Canu is packaged but not yet available in any release yet. We might consider a backport to stretch if this is helpful for you. You can get a full overview about all available packages in the so called "task biology" (we have other tasks like biology-dev for development, medical imaging and others). Here is the deep link to canu > I would probably be interested in > packaging tracer. Like figtree, it is a java program, and it is by the same > authors, so I presume I could use the figtree package as a template. > > Thoughts? The best idea would be you register on the new development platform https://salsa.debian.org and ask for beeing added to the Debian Med team. Once your application is accepted please create a Git repository for bali-phy there and somebody of our team will take over the sponsoring. Kind regards Andreas.  https://blends.debian.org/med/tasks/bio#canu -- http://fam-tille.de