Google Summer of Code 2017 Administrative
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This is the central page for OSGeo administrative information in Google Summer of Code 2017.
GSoC general information
- Would-be mentors and students: you are invited to sign up to the OSGeo SoC mailing list right away. The list is the central communication channel for mentors, students and administrators. It is used for general GSoC announcements, specific OSGeo announcements, and for clarification about the program. As soon as you subscribe it, you are encouraged to introduce yourself and your role. We look forward to hear from you!
- To contact OSGeo's GSoC admin team directly:
- Margherita Di Leo acts as chair of the Admin team, which includes Anne Ghisla, Jeff McKenna, Werner Macho, Helmut Kudrnovsky, Guillermo Pizarro, and Florin-Daniel Cioloboc. Feel free to email us with any questions, we're here to help mentor the mentors as much as anything else!
If you're interested in mentoring / supervising a student for one of the software participating this year under OSGeo's umbrella, please add your name, email, OSGeo/guest software and the projects you're interested in mentoring here:
|Number||Name||Surname||Nickname (IRC)||Software community||Idea(s) you are available to mentor|
A Mentor's Responsibilities
Being a mentor can take anywhere from 2-10 hours a week of your time depending on the student (it really is in your best interest to take on the strongest students you can find). You must have the time to be responsive and an advocate for the student. No matter how cool the project is and how much your team needs the job done, if you can't commit to supporting it, experience shows that the best thing to do is not start it, i.e. even with the best of intentions don't set a student up to fail. Long story short, student projects simply can't go ahead without proper mentoring support.
Every student project will also have a backup mentor, this person should come from your dev community and should at minimum keep up to date with the student's weekly developments. Both mentors need to appoint themselves officially. The best way is if the student is well integrated into your development team from the start, it lessens the workload on you and betters the buy-in from the rest of the community once you're ready for the final code merge.
You must be available at some time during the midterm and final evaluation period. If you will be away during these time periods please arrange with the OSGeo org admins and your backup mentor so that one of us can fill in your answers for you. These are hard cutoffs -- evaluations must be filed within these dates.
Guides for mentors
- The GSoC Mentoring Guide - A must. Do get all useful info and tips from many years of experience from GSoC mentors.
- GNOME GSoC Mentoring HOWTO
- An excellent summary of mentoring, from A. Jesse Jiryu Davis
Tips for mentors
This section is for collecting suggestions on best practices, from mentors to other mentors. If you have good / bad experiences in mentoring, please share here! Remember that this is a public page, respect the privacy of the people.
- Test students before selection. Challenge them with small programming tasks or bug fixes. This will help them getting familiar with the dev environment well before GSoC starts, and helps mentors understand if they are capable. Think to a task much earlier to the timeline, and connect the task to the idea in the ideas page.
- Time management tip: Try not to mentor more than one project per year. In any case, you can be primary mentor only for one project. Consider carefully the time that you can allocate on GSoC.