[Xapian-discuss] GSoC 2015

bin peng pengbinking at gmail.com
Sun Feb 15 18:32:13 GMT 2015

Dear all,
I am a senior student major in computer science and I am interested in the
Xapian cluster project.
Could you tell me how I can participate in it?



2015-02-15 0:49 GMT-05:00 Olly Betts <olly at survex.com>:

> Google's Summer of Code is happening again this year.  If you're not
> familiar with GSoC, see:
> http://code.google.com/soc/
> We decided to apply some time ago, but applications for orgs are now
> open and need to be in by this coming Friday (20th) so we need to get
> things a bit more organised.
> Accepted orgs are due to be announced on March 2nd, and students can
> apply between March 16th and 27th, but the keen ones have already
> started to talk to orgs (as you've probably noticed).
> The full timeline is here:
> http://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/events/google/gsoc2015
> The main priorities right now are:
>  * Refreshing the list of project ideas.  I've already done a fair bit
>    of cleaning up, and I'm in the process of adding some ideas we
>    brainstormed at the mentor summit, but the better the breadth and
>    depth of ideas we have, the more likely we are to be selected:
>    http://trac.xapian.org/wiki/GSoCProjectIdeas
>    Ideas do *NOT* have to be for work on Xapian itself - projects
>    related to Xapian in other software are within scope (e.g.
>    integrating Xapian into a framework, or adding Xapian search to an
>    application).  You'll need to provide mentoring related to the
>    other software, but we can help out with Xapian-specific questions.
>    Ideas don't need to be fully planned out - we expect the students to
>    do some research, planning and to discuss the project as part of
>    getting from the project idea to their proposal.  But we do need to
>    clearly say what the aims are, give some pointers to useful
>    resources, and a list of required or beneficial skills.  And the
>    scope needs to be suitable for taking a student developer about 12
>    weeks of full time work to complete (ideally including getting it
>    merged).
>    If you have a suitable idea, feel free to add it to the page, or
>    raise it for discussion here or on IRC.
>    This list is one of the key things google look at when reviewing org
>    applications, so we want it to be in great shape by 20th.  You can
>    still add or improve ideas after then, but it's less likely to make a
>    difference to us being selected.
>  * Identifying potential mentors.  Every idea on the list should have at
>    least one suitable potential mentor attached.
>    If you're interested in acting as a mentor for one of the ideas
>    there, please update the page.
>    One of the questions I need to answer in the org applications is
>    how many mentors we have, so if you are interested in mentoring, then
>    speaking up before Friday would be helpful.  It's OK for us to end up
>    with more mentors than we say at this point, but being able to
>    realistically respond will likely help our application.
>  * Talking to the students who've started to appear.
> If you are a student eligible for GSoC and interested in working on
> Xapian, please feel free to get in touch.  You don't have to choose from
> the ideas on the list - you're welcome to propose your own project
> ideas.
> If you want to discuss being a mentor or a student, or a project idea,
> you can do so on the mailing list or on #xapian on freenode (if you
> aren't already an IRC user, see http://trac.xapian.org/wiki/GSoC_IRC for
> links to a web IRC client).
> There's also a general GSoC IRC channel - #gsoc on freenode.
> Cheers,
>     Olly
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