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Google Summer of Code 2009.

Hi all,

I would like to start a discussion about the possiblity to propose project(s)
for the Google Summer of Code 2009. Last year the project I proposed, about
data management, was accepted but canceled last minute because the student got
accepted somewhere else.


My short experience of the summer of code is the following: when a project is
proposed with a precise draft, it will attract many candidatures, most of them
of poor quality, where students paraphrase and obviously did not really
understand. On the other hand, some candidates are good and the fact that the
project attracted many candidatures is somehow positive for securing the
funding by Google.

On the other hand, if we just state our main interests, students can be
creative and propose things we did not think about. Also, there are less
candidatures, with a higher level, which makes the think more intellectually

I volunteer for mentoring a project this year provided of course that Debian
will be accepted, that we get enough projects funded by Google, and that one
related to our activities is accepted. For the moment, I hesitate between the
top-down and the bottom-up approach for the defintion of the project. Any idea ?

Of course, if you have a strong interst in the Summer of Code, do not hesitate
to candidate as a mentor as well.

Have a nice day,

Charles Plessy
Debian Med packaging team,
Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Japan

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