GSoC Mentor App - 2008
This is a draft of the text to send to Google to apply for mentoring status:
Describe your organization.
- We are developers of the Audacity sound editor which runs on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. Audacity is widely used with around 14 million downloads each year from Sourceforge. Audacity is a flagship application of the wxWidgets cross-platform toolkit and has an active developer community. Care has been taken to make Audacity work with screen readers for visually impaired users. TODO: Say some more about the most interesting recent developments in 2007 (see discussion page)
Why is your organization applying to participate in GSoC 2008? What do you hope to gain by participating?
- GSoC looks to be a very effective way to get a developer giving full time attention to Audacity, coding on a focused task. It looks to be win-win, good for the student and good for us. As well as the direct improvements to Audacity from the student, which would be hugely welcome, we also hope to interest more people in contributing, through the publicity around GSoC.
Did your organization participate in GSoC 2005, 2006 or 2007? If so, please summarize your involvement and the successes and failures of your student projects.
If your organization has not previously participated in GSoC, have you applied in the past? If so, for what year(s)?
- Yes. We applied in 2007, but we didn't make the cut. This time round we're getting much more of the developer community involved in the application process so as to make a better and hopefully successful pitch.
Who will your organization administrator be? Please include Google Account information.
What license does your project use?
- All of it is GNU GPL V2 compatible. We deliberately release some framework code under the wxWidgets license so that it can migrate to wxWidgets in due course and so be of benefit to other projects.
What is the URL for your ideas page?
What is the main development mailing list for your organization?
What is the main IRC channel for your organization?
- TODO: We should change this... Would using IRC more actually help?
- There is an IRC channel on freenet... Perhaps we should have a Friday virtual meeting, inviting developers and active users....
Does your organization have an application template you would like to see students use? If so, please provide it now.
- Yes. See GSoC Student Not yet for public use
Who will be your backup organization administrator? Please include Google Account information.
Who will your mentors be? Please include Google Account Information.
- TBD Note from last year: Must get valid gmail addresses for ALL volunteer mentors, well in advance.
What criteria did you use to select these individuals as mentors? Please be as specific as possible.
What is your plan for dealing with disappearing students?
- To be discussed on audacity-devel.
What is your plan for dealing with disappearing mentors?
- To be discussed on audacity-devel.
What steps will you take to encourage students to interact with your project's community before, during and after the program?
- (Before) We already have a few students talking with us about possible projects. This happened through having several pages on our Wiki relating to GSoC and an invitation to start discussion on the devel list.
- TBD Let's plan a hackathon (social) for early in the GSoC process, so that we meet some of the potential students face to face. Any other ideas?
What will you do to ensure that your accepted students stick with the project after GSoC concludes?
- TBD (we can certainly improve on the text from last year)
- At student selection stage, we look for evidence that the student has a real interest in our project, 'Do they actually use it?' rather than just choosing some project that is part of GSoC.