Pinky: Gee, Brain, what are we gonna do this year? Brain: The same thing we do every year, Pinky. Taking over GSoC.
Exactly what DBpedia plans to do this summer. We have been accepted as one of 206 open source organizations to participate in Google Summer of Code (GSoC) again. Yes, ONE OF 206, let that sink in. The upcoming GSoC marks the 15th consecutive year of the program and is the 8th year in a row for DBpedia.
What is GSoC?
Google Summer of Code is a global program focused on bringing student developers into open source software development. Funds will be given to students (BSc, MSc, Ph.D.) to work for three months on a specific task. For GSoC- Newbies, this short video and the information provided on their website will explain all there is to know about GSoC.
Time for a New Narrative
In the past years, we mentored many successful projects by female students but mostly male applicants. Now, it is time to change this narrative and work towards more diversity in science. This year, we at DBpedia are more determined than ever to encourage female students to apply for our projects. That being said, we already engaged excellent female mentors to also raise the female percentage in our mentor team. We are proud of all female DBpedians that help to shape the future DBpedia.
In the following four weeks, we invite all students, female and male, who are interested in Semantic Web and Open Source development to apply for our projects. You can also contribute your own ideas to work on during the summer. We are regularly growing our community through GSoC and can deliver more and more opportunities to you.
And this is how it works: 3 steps to GSoC stardom
- Open source organizations such as DBpedia announce their projects ideas.
- Students contact the mentor organizations they want to work with and write up a project proposal.
- After a selection phase, students are matched with a specific project and a set of mentors to work on the project during the summer.
To all the smart brains out there, if you are a student who wants to work with us during summer 2019, check our list of project ideas, warm-up tasks or come up with your own idea and get in touch with us.
Further information on the application procedure is available via our DBpedia -Guidelines. There you will find information on how to contact us and how to appropriately apply for GSoC. Please also note the official GSoC 2019 timeline for your proposal submission and make sure to submit on time. Unfortunately, extensions cannot be granted. Final submission deadline is April 9th, 2019, 8pm CET.
And in case you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are thrilled to meet you and your ideas.
Your DBpedia-GSoC -Team