A post with good advice for GSOC students

cwebber, March 25th, 2011

As Nathan already mentioned, we will be once again participating in Google Summer of Code this year. GSOC can be a lot of fun, but can also be very intimidating or frustrating for both students and mentors.

Luckily for everyone, some kind folks have written up a nice post called The DOs and DON’Ts of Google Summer of Code: Student Edition (and I hear there may be more such posts on the way?). We thought it was a good read, and maybe if you’re considering in participating in Google Summer of Code, reading (and following) that advice will help make Google Summer of Code both smoother and even more fun than it already is!

Addendum: Also, I think a lot of difficulty in projects GSOC, and in a lot of free software development, is caused by natural human shyness. Which makes sense. But in general, if you’re afraid or embarrassed to ask questions or participate, remember that your mentor is here to help you. So keep that in mind! (… and also the aforementioned do’s and don’ts post’s advice.)

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CC + GSoC: Integration is the Word

nathan, March 21st, 2011

Creative Commons is once again participating in the Google Summer of Code, an opportunity for students to spend the summer writing open source software. Students have the benefit of being mentored by established open source developers (we think ours are pretty good), and organizations develop their network of contributors. We’ve participated since 2006, with mixed success. Some projects go nowhere, while others, like last summer’s work on the plugin, have far exceeded our expectations.

We have a lot of ideas, and this year we’re looking for students interested in working on integrating Creative Commons into the larger ecosystem. Creative Commons licenses have revolutionized sharing on the web by reducing the friction between creators and users of work. We want to further reduce that friction by integrating CC license selection, display, and content discovery into other applications and tools. In the past we’ve had students develop extensions and add-ons for, Drupal, WordPress, and Banshee. There’s some good code there, and we love the work that’s been done. We want this year’s prospective students to think about what applications they use that could integrate CC license selection or — at least as importantly — content discovery. Use our existing code as a starting point for ideas, and craft your proposal to tell us how your project will integrate CC licensed content into users’ daily life.

Not a student? We’ve started a hit list of applications on the wiki, and if we’re missing your favorite, add it along with some thoughts about how you’d like to use CC.

I’m looking forward to a great GSoC this year, and can’t wait to see the great ideas that come from students and the community!

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