[mapserver-dev] GSoC projects for MapServer?

Lime, Steve D (MNIT) Steve.Lime at state.mn.us
Tue Apr 30 15:06:36 PDT 2013

The UTFGrid support is probably compact enough that it could be a very good project. Thomas is probably a better candidate given the connections with AGG but I'll help however I can.

In terms of other ideas there was this post from about a week ago regarding harfbuzz integration that sounds very interesting...

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About 5 years ago, an issue was raised on github about the lacking indic rendering support  in mapserver. Reading the thread I could see that the issue hasn't been cleared yet. Integrating harfbuzz can be a fix for this issue. Integration of harfbuzz in mapserver has also been discussed in some other issues like: https://github.com/mapserver/mapserver/issues/4255#issuecomment-5830966 and https://github.com/mapserver/mapserver/pull/4044#issuecomment-4944478. I would like to know the feasibility of  this harfbuzz integration in mapserver  idea and would like a lead on this idea with which I can start contributing. Any help would be highly appreciated.

P.S. : I am planning to do this as my GSoC project this year for the organisation SMC (http://smc.org.in).
Nandaja Varma
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-----Original Message-----
From: mapserver-dev-bounces at lists.osgeo.org [mailto:mapserver-dev-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Daniel Morissette
Sent: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 2:52 PM
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Subject: [mapserver-dev] GSoC projects for MapServer?

Hi Thomas, SteveL, (CC: mapserver-dev)

I got a few resumes from local Computer Science university students that I am reviewing, and we would like to mentor one of them for a GSoC project. We'd like to find local talent who can do low-level coding in C/C++ to eventually join Mapgears to become a MapServer and GDAL/OGR contributor (no secrets, my strategy is clear :-) ).

One project that came to mind was UTFGrid support (RFC 93). Do you think this would be a good candidate for a GSoC project? Would one of you (Thomas or Steve) be willing to help by co-mentoring a student on that project as this would affect code owned by you in large part?

Another project that I have been thinking about is basic WFS 2.0 support (whatever level of support is possible to achieve in a summer). Less exciting and challenging, but still something much needed. Maybe Stephan would be interested in co-mentoring this?

If anyone has other cool MapServer GSoC project ideas please share them. 
We got a few great candidate students and have to make a decision sometimes tomorrow on which projects to propose to them in order to meet the Friday noon deadline for student proposals.

Daniel Morissette
Provider of Professional MapServer Support since 2000

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