In a nutshell, we would like to officially support the ability to package and distribute any VTK based modules on PyPI (Python Package Index).
This means we would maintain a template to allow anyone in the community to do so.
There is of course a lot of technical details we will have to consider but before putting together a technical proposal, we would like to gather input from the community to make sure we consider all aspects.
In recent years, Python has become the most widely used programming language (and in particular, in important areas, such as machine learning ). Since numerous Python packages are available on PyPI for all imaginable computational tasks, libraries that are not available on PyPI get simply ignored. Algorithm developers who were happy for many years with just making C++ source code available now need a way to distribute their work on PyPI. The ability to easily build VTK modules against VTK itself and allow anyone in the community to distribute VTK based modules will be key. We think it is currently an unmet need.
Thanks for your input,
J-Christophe, Will, Utkarsh, and Stephen