Initially started at the Met Office, SciTools has grown into a diverse community of partners and collaborators from around the world. SciTools is responsible for the maintenance of a number of key packages such as Iris and Cartopy, and continues to develop new and innovative tools for the Earth scientist's toolkit.
The Met Office remains a driving force behind SciTools; however, all the packages are fundamentally developed in the open. The direction of SciTools is decided by the community of developers, who are always eager for more people from different areas to contribute towards Iris, Cartopy and the wider SciTools ecosystem.
One of the primary objectives behind making SciTools open source is to aid collaboration and collaborative development.
An active community contributes to the day-to-day development and upkeep of the project. We expect the community to contribute to decisions through open debate. The steering council will lead the project and act as final arbitrator on decisions via majority.
As an open source project SciTools is hosted on GitHub. This is where we discuss and implement future developments in the project. If you're interested in being involved please go to a relevant project and create an Issue or Pull Request, depending on what's more appropriate. Alternatively you can comment on existing Issues and Pull Requests. Any feedback is valuable.
Alternatively if you want to get involved in the discussion as a user you could join our SciTools User's Google Group.
We also have a Google Group specifically for those involved in developing Iris. Feel free to join this group if suitable.