Forum OpenACS Q&A: Google Summer of Code 2009

Posted by Matthew Burke on
Note: I'm posting this also in the .LRN forum....

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.

Posted by Rocael Hernández Rizzardini on
It can be done as it was last year, although there has to be some kind of changes / improvements to make sure this time gets elected.
Posted by Tomasz Kosiak on
Is there someone interested to be a mentor from OpenACS community within Tcl GSoC 2009 effort? Do you have any well defined project ideas which could be written down at

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.

Posted by Tomasz Kosiak on
As Tcl Community Association is accepted as mentoring organization in Google Summer of Code 2009 edition, please join our efforts with your ideas and mentors at

I can see that .LRN competitor Sakai is participating as standalone organization