[OSGeo-Discuss] Google Summer of Code

Tim Welch tim.j.welch at gmail.com
Tue Feb 20 12:59:57 PST 2007

Portland State University has been an "umbrella" sponsoring organization 
every year.  In 2005 8 projects were sponsored, in 2006 only 3 (out of 
20 student submissions, most of them being quite strong).  This was 
largely in part to the increase in mentoring organizations, apparently 
there were ~2.5 times as many in 2006 as 2005.  My two cents are to make 
sure that projects submitted can be realistically completed in the time 
given and that all necessary resources are available to complete the 


Paul Ramsey wrote:
> Frank Warmerdam wrote:
>> Howard Butler is already doing some legwork to identify projects, and
>> students around GDAL but it hadn't occured to me to utilize OSGeo as the
>> mentoring organization.  If the different projects come up with a number
>> of projects a students is it likely to be disadvantagous to have them all
>> come from one organizations (OSGeo) as opposed to spread out as several
>> different organizations submitting requests?
> You will need a sponsoring organization regardless, and if your 
> organization is not accepted, the whole procedure becomes moot. Most 
> "unknown" sponsors got the minimum three students last time. OSGeo, as 
> an umbrella, nonprofit, multi-project, organization would probably get 
> quite a few more. My feeling is that on balance the community would be 
> better served using OSGeo as an umbrella rather than trying to go 
> individually.  What is important is that a large number of top quality 
> students do work in the community.

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