Hi fellow colleagues! Happy coming weekends =)
1) What is the best way from your experience to distribute bioinformatics software and what is the best way for you to get software? Do you prefer to download compiled versions from https://sourceforge.net/, or seeing lively github repository and ability to compile yourself is crucial?
2) When you distribute your tools what do you measure about its usage? How do you encourage people to really cite your tools as papers (not just weblinks). Are there any tools to calculate how many times your software was cited as a weblink in papers? Do you try to get information about users of your software like email addresses, names, countries, phone numbers?
3) How do you solve licensing and liability issue especially for something you had done on your own spare time as a side project. How do you protect yourself or maybe even find a way to make some money off your tools?
Maybe you know a good tutorial on this? If not, let's answer to this questions in the discussion below and make it as a tutorial for everybody interested.
UPDATE: two more questions (thanks to genomax2):
4) What do you think about having access for your tool as a library or a package for python, ruby, perl, R, other languages? Is this important and needed?
5) Are there any collaborations we can join to provide our tools to be part of bigger packages and still have the ability to publish about them, have control and support, maybe a way to sell it as well?
UPDATE: two more questions (thanks to Arnaud):
6) as a tool developer and as a user what do you think of software tools as plugins and how one can develop a plugin say for samtools?
7) is Galaxy (or similar solutions) a good way to distribute software for tool developers and for users?
Thank you, Petr