Forum OpenACS Q&A: Google Summer of Code 2009
It's that time of year again---time to start thinking about whether/if/how the OpenACS community should participate in Google Summer of Code.
Google has recently announced that they will run the program again this summer. Specific dates have not yet been picked, but using previous years as a gauge, our application to be a mentoring organization will be due around the end of February.
Google has mentioned that they will be scaling the program back some this year. That being the case, my feeling is that we'd be better off coordinating with the Tcl group like last summer, rather than trying to go our own way. But we should discuss it and reach a consensus.
Search these forums for details about previous years' efforts.
As Matthew mentioned last year Tcl acted as umbrella organization for Tcl/Tk/AOLserver/OpenACS/XOTcl and we were given 9 slots which IMHO shows that this is the right direction.
Unfortunately last year OpenACS project "Development of an integrated, standard-complaint authoring tool for .LRN" by Nima Mazloumi wasn't funded due to too small support from the mentors - I've checked that only Matthew Burke and Gustaf Neuman voted for it to be slotted.
But we did one AOLserver and one XOTcl project which were somehow OpenACS related - but I cannot judge how successful they were.
I can see that .LRN competitor Sakai is participating as standalone organization http://bugs.sakaiproject.org/confluence/display/MGT/Google+Summer+of+Code+2009+ideas+list