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- Subject: Re: Google Summer of Code
- From: "Ariel Manzur" <puntob@...>
- Date: Fri, 7 Mar 2008 01:56:01 -0200
I added some tasks for lua_qt on the wiki.. I don't think I have an
opinion about the organization issue. I'm up for anything really, I
could have applied to complete these tasks myself, but I figure they'd
have a bigger chance of getting approved if they come from an
organization, and I do think that having solid and accessible qt
bindings for lua would be a great asset to the community.
Are we looking to for some kind of committee, or just a number of mentors?
On Thu, Mar 6, 2008 at 10:24 AM, Jim Whitehead II <email@example.com> wrote:
> I wanted to take some time out to review the way Google Summer of Code
> works, and stress the opportunity we have as a community to
> participate in this project. The process begins with the mentoring
> organization application that we've been developing . Google has
> the following definition for a mentoring organization:
> "A group running an active free/open source software project, e.g. the
> Python Software Foundation. The project does not need to be a legally
> incorporated entity. If you're looking for a broader picture, you can
> find a list of all mentoring organizations who have participated in
> the past on the GSoC 2005, 2006 and 2007 pages. Mentoring
> organizations must produce and release software under an Open Source
> Initiative approved license in order to participate in the program."
> There are some who are skeptical that any view of the Lua community
> won't be accepted based on this criteria, but I happen to disagree.
> Either way, I think it is important to let Google decide whether or
> not whatever "organization" we use is a valid community. Consider the
> following 2007 GSOC mentor LispNYC (http://www.lispnyc.org/home.clp).
> This is a LISP user group in the metropolitan New York described by
> the following:
> "Lisp NYC is a group devoted to the advocacy and advancement of
> professional software developers in their adoption of Lisp technology.
> We accomplish this through targeted programs of education and
> outreach as well as regular monthly meetings, email lists, development
> projects and spirited conversation with NY metro area Lisp
> It is unfortunate at this time that we don't have a formal
> organization that works to produce Lua projects, but we do have a
> community that qualifies by far. Certainly we could have each of
> these projects or organizations submit their own applications but that
> seems to be silly considering the way we're currently structured.
> Once the mentoring organizations have been chosen by Google, the
> students are allowed to submit their proposals. They can do this
> using an application form, or whatever method we prefer. These
> proposals can be based off our project ideas , or be entirely new
> We as an organization rank these proposals in the order we'd like to
> see them accepted.
> When this is complete, Google will determine how many projects our
> organization is allocated, and we offer the top X proposals to the
> students. Students may be submitting more than one application to
> different organizations so this administrative work takes a little bit
> to shake out.
> When all is said and done, we have a group of students that are
> working on focused projects over the course of the summer, paid a
> stipend by Google. This is an enormous opportunity to get people
> involved in the Lua community, since money and time often stand in the
> way of participation.
> We have less than a week to complete our application  and submit it
> to Google. I am willing to be the administrative organizer for the
> summer, but I need some help narrowing down exactly what the
> "Organization" we are using is, and how we would define it. In fact,
> the following questions are the most important:
> - Describe your organization.
> - Why is your organization applying to participate in GSoC 2008? What
> do you hope to gain by participating?
> - What steps will you take to encourage students to interact with your
> project's community before, during and after the program?
> The rest of the questions are more administrative and can be answered
> without the need for a committee.
> Please take a moment to help think about this, so we don't let the
> opportunity pass us by.
> - Jim