Google Summer of Code Application 2024

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Application Status

Accepted as Mentor Org (Updated Feb 25, 2024)

On-going (OSGeo's application submitted on February 7, 2024)


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  • Name: OSGeo
  • Website URL:
  • Tagline: The Open Source Geospatial Foundation
  • Logo: compass+text, minimum height of 256px - use
  • Primary Open Source License: GNU General Public License version 2.0 (GPL-2.0)
  • Organization Category: Other
  • Technology Tags (5 max): C/C++, python, sql, database, java
  • Topic Tags: Mapping, geolocation, GIS, citizen science, open science
  • Ideas List:
  • Short Description: OSGeo is a non-profit organization serving as an umbrella organization for the Open Source Geospatial community.
  • Long Description:

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The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to foster global adoption of open geospatial technology by being an inclusive software foundation devoted to an open philosophy and participatory community driven development.

OSGeo serves as an umbrella organization for the Open Source Geospatial community in general and several code projects in particular:
* Web Mapping: deegree, geomajas, GeoMOOSE, GeoServer, Mapbender, MapFish, MapGuide Open Source, MapServer, OpenLayers
* Desktop Applications: GRASS GIS, gvSIG, Marble, QGIS
* Geospatial Libraries: FDO, GDAL/OGR, GEOS, GeoTools, OSSIM, PostGIS
* Metadata Catalogues: GeoNetwork, pycsw
* Content Management Systems: GeoNode
* Community Projects: pgRouting, istSOS, MetaCRS, Opticks, Orfeo ToolBox (OTB), PyWPS, Team Engine, ZOO-Project
* Other (non-code) Projects: GeoForAll (Education and Curriculum), OSGeoLive DVD, Public Geospatial Data

We host regional and international FOSS4G conferences with typical attendance of 500-1100+ geospatial developers, industry and government leaders, and researchers. Our mailing lists collectively go out to ~ 30,000 unique subscribers.
  • Application Instructions:

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We have developed a recommendation for students to follow for being successful GSoC candidates. It is available on OSGeo's wiki and can be accessed by following It contains all the useful information including the template for preparing the Proposal and the community’s expectations from the Students. The Student proposal template is also available at the OSGeo's GSoC Github repository and can be accessed by following the link:
  • Proposal Tags:

Grass GIS, MapMint, PostGIS, pgRouting, QGIS New Feature, Optimization, Web Mapping, Geospatial Desktop, Geospatial Libraries, Geospatial Metadata Catalogue


  • Why does your org want to participate in Google Summer of Code?: The OSGeo is now a veteran GSoC organization (2023 would be our 17th year participating), and it has been a tremendous journey. The previous editions of GSoC for OSGeo have motivated new great developers, as well as GSoC mentors (we have graduated 215 developers in total through the GSoC program) to contribute towards the development of open-source geospatial projects. One of the previous GSoC Student with OSGeo is currently serving the OSGeo Board of Directors.

Last year, all the accepted projects successfully completed their objectives, and continuing this spirit, the OSGeo community is excited to take this forward in 2023 by supporting new developers in their summer projects. OSGeo, acting as an umbrella organization has also tightened the connection with guest software projects (Open Source projects involved with making maps and geospatial data processing but are not yet officially part of OSGeo). We are highly enthusiastic about our participation in GSoC 2023 and definitely look forward to another geospatial GSoC!

  • What would your org consider to be a successful GSoC program?: The OSGeo foundation believes in encouraging contributors to enhance their acumen for working in a team environment, managing different time schedules, understanding community interactions, presenting their work in conferences (In 2022, all the selected GSoC developers presented their work in a special session of the global FOSS4G 2022 conference), and primarily contributing to leading geospatial tools.

So, a successful GSoC program with OSGeo would comprise of new feature development along with guiding the developers to be future leaders of the open-source geospatial community and open source world, in general.

  • How many potential mentors have agreed to mentor this year? 10 - 15
  • How will you keep mentors engaged with their students?: The Mentors for OSGeo GSoC projects have significant prior experience of GSoC, either as a past contributor, as a mentor, or an experienced member of the project community. In order to maintain consistency and availability, 3 mentors (2 primary & a backup) are required for every project. Usually, the mentors are regular (code) contributors and/or experts in their field, and are enthusiastic to inspire the students in becoming open source geospatial developers. The weekly report submitted by the students is evaluated by the mentors and the Org Admins regularly. An efficient communication channel exists between students, mentors, and the admins, and all the details are frequently summarised in the openly accessible wiki page ( throughout the GSoC timeline.
  • How will you keep your GSoC contributors on schedule to complete their projects?: We have created a student application template for the interested students in participating at the GSoC with OSGeo and it is available at The student application template puts a strong emphasis on the timeline of the project and the expected weekly commitment (in hours) of the contributor. In order to stick to this timeline, it is important for the students to have a clear picture of the project and divide it into smaller and achievable tasks. After mentors evaluation of the projects based on the timeline mentioned, the Org Admins keep track of the project's progress by evaluating the weekly reports. Based on this, the contributors can adjust the timeline and their weekly commitment with the help of their mentors. We have published a Google Summer of Code Recommendations wiki for Students and is available online at
  • How will you get your GSoC Contributors involved in your community during GSoC?: Over the years, the OSGeo foundation has developed into a great community and the contributors joining the community for GSoC become an inherent part of it. Every participating contributor is encouraged to share the proposal with the relevant software developer communities for getting feedback and comments about the same. The contributors are required to send weekly reports to the project developer mailing lists along with the GSoC mailing list for necessary feedback. Prior to the commencement of the Coding period, the Community Bonding period plays a significant role in comforting the contributor with the development environment and helping them with the work culture of the project community. We aim to foster closer communication by engaging all our contributors, developers, and community mentors through an accessible osgeo-gsoc channel. Through this we hope to expose students to collaborative problem solving, sharing experiences, and encouraging different perspectives within the open-source geospatial community.
  • (Deprecated from 2023 Application)How will you keep students involved with your community after GSoC?: The student application template includes a "Future development" section in their proposal which inhibits the thought process of students to continue developing for the OSGeo after completion of GSoC. It also provides the developer community with new ideas and scope for developments. Some of the OSGeo projects have been encouraging the students even after GSoC by providing them with reasonable financial support to present their work in the geospatial conferences, especially global FOSS4G conferences and local meetups.
  • Has your org been accepted as a mentoring org in Google Summer of Code before? yes
  • Which years did your org participate in GSoC?: from 2007 onwards
  • What is your success/fail rate per year?

Year: pass/total

 2022: 7/7
 2022: 6/7
 2021: 12/12
 2020: 10/10
 2019: 7/7
 2018: 10/13
 2017: 13/15
 2016: 20/22
 2015: 13/13
 2014: 22/23
 2013: 21/22 
 2012: 20/22 
 2011: 19/21 
 2010: 7/10 
 2009: 17/20 
 2008: 15/19 
 2007: 13/19  
  • What year was your project started? 2006
  • Anything else we should know? The OSGeo foundation is very appreciative of the GSoC, to help give students an introduction to the sharing, fun, and passion throughout Open Source communities. We proudly talk about the GSoC program at our various FOSS4G events and international conferences.

In 2022, all the selected GSoC developers presented their work in a special session of the global FOSS4G 2022 conference. Also, the OSGeo Org Admins Team highlighted the journey of GSoC with OSGeo. As a part of appreciation to the efforts of Google Open Source and Google GSoC Team, we are sharing the links to the sessions.

Link 1 to Contributors FOSS4G 2022 presentations Link 2 Org Admins FOSS4G 2022 presentation

We participated in the inaugural GSoD 2019 and also in the Google Code-in which successfully helped in inspiring the young students to craft them as the future leaders of the geospatial industry. And most of all: it's super fun!

[Back to Google Summer of Code 2022 @ OSGeo]