Summer of Code March 13, 2007Posted by Andre Vellino in Digital library, Open Source.
It has been quite an interesting experience to apply to be a mentor to Google’s Summer of Code. This program offers student developers stipends (payed for by Google) to write code for various open source projects (Gnome / Apache / Joomla, you name it.) Each project has a mentor who volunteers to supervise the student over a three month period. The benefit to Google? Well they say it’s not a recruitment program, but they also say that a beneficial side effect is that they use the results from this program to do some recruiting at the end. So it’s good for them and good for the open-source community and good for the students.
The challenge for us at CISTI was that we don’t currently host an open source code base. Yet we also want to mentor some students on projects that are of benefit to the digital library community and are feasible for a summer student project. Coming up with such projects was a challenge in but we submitted a small but reasonable collection of ideas thanks to input from many sources (Daniel, Richard and Glen especially.) We’ll find out in a couple of days…..