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Re: Google Summer of Code

From: Alan R Williams <alan.r.williams@manchester.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:40:30 +0000
To: Carole Goble <carole.goble@manchester.ac.uk>, public-bioschemas@w3.org, Stian Soiland-Reyes <soiland-reyes@manchester.ac.uk>
Message-ID: <a01a1b89-0e24-a147-d2b1-a8ec24c42ceb@manchester.ac.uk>
Hello everyone

Firstly, are you associated with a group that has a history of GSOC 
funding? Although it is possible to do it on your own, it is much easier 
to be part of a wider group. For example, Taverna had most of its GSOC 
students as part of the huge Apache community.

You need to write some ideas. I hope you can see 
https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/TAVERNADEV/2016-03+GSOC+2016+Project+Ideas+and+Instructions

Those are Taverna's from 2016.

Then, potential students are able to submit their own proposals, which 
may (or may not) match one of your ideas. There should be interaction 
with the potential students, answering their questions, setting up 
communication channels etc. There is a fine line between making sure 
their proposals are good and practically writing their proposals :-) You 
need to be helpful but ruthless.

A student may submit one or more proposals, including to different 
organizations. We had problems because a potentially very good student 
decided to do something else instead - boo.

You then grade the proposals. There is a marking scheme, but there tends 
to be "grade inflation".

Google then says "yes" or "no" to the student's proposal; the student 
then (normally) agrees to do the proposal with you.

The overall project is split into two halves. You have the chance to 
reject the student after the first half. You need to be very ruthless as 
it is a waste of your time (and Google's money) if the student cannot do 
the work.

Supervising a student should be time-consuming. Although there is one 
designated contact, you should probably have at least three people 
available to answer questions and advise them. It should be a rewarding 
experience, but is definitely not free effort.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.

Alan

P.S. You also get a free T-shirt :-)

On 12/01/2018 16:21, Carole Goble wrote:
> 
> Hi - I have copied in Stian and Alan from my group.
> 
> They are very experienced GSoC mentors. Perhaps they can offer some advice
> 
> 
> carole
> 
> 
> 
> On 12/01/2018 16:15, BATISTA Dominique wrote:
>> I'm new to GSoC too. However, between the experience of individuals 
>> involved in Bioschemas and the google mentor's guide, I'm sure we will 
>> figure something out.
>> A friend of mine from university got foundings from GSoC a few years 
>> back, so if we don't have anyone who knows about these things, I can 
>> start by contacting him.
>>
>> Regards
>>
>> Dominique Batista
>> Ingénieur Web IFB Core
>> CNRS - UMS3601
>> Tel: 01.69.82.46.92
>> Site: http://www.france-bioinformatique.fr
>> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>> *From:* MICHEL Franck
>> *Sent:* Friday, January 12, 2018 5:01 PM
>> *To:* public-bioschemas@w3.org
>> *Subject:* Re: Google Summer of Code
>>
>> Thank you both for your replies. The BuzzBang PoC and the opportunity 
>> of having students work on it and propose ideas to go ahead from this 
>> point on seem pretty exciting to me. Please keep sharing this with us.
>>
>> Have a nice week-end,
>>    Franck.
>>
>> Le 12/01/2018 à 16:36, Gray, Alasdair J G a écrit :
>>> Dear Franck
>>>
>>> BuzzBang is a prototype implementation of a search system that aims 
>>> to exploit the bioschemas markup. At the moment it is very limited in 
>>> the data it contains and how it can exploit that but it is a start in 
>>> that direction.
>>>
>>> I also have not been involved with the summer of code so others will 
>>> be better placed to answer specific questions. However project 
>>> descriptions do not need to be detailed and it is expected that the 
>>> participant would shape the project.
>>>
>>> Alasdair
>>>
>>> Alasdair J G Gray
>>> Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
>>> Assistant Professor in Computer Science
>>> Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
>>>
>>> www.macs.hw.ac.uk/~ajg33 <UrlBlockedError.aspx>
>>>
>>> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>>> *From:* Franck Michel <franck.michel@cnrs.fr>
>>> *Sent:* Friday, January 12, 2018 2:45:11 PM
>>> *To:* public-bioschemas@w3.org
>>> *Subject:* Re: Google Summer of Code
>>> Dear Alasdair, all,
>>>
>>> I've tried to check the buzzbang.science but the site does not work 
>>> at the moment (internal server error). I did not know about it 
>>> actually, can you tell us a bit more about it?
>>>
>>> Also, I must admit I've never been involved in GSoC before (hope I'm 
>>> not the only ashamed one on this list ;)). I'm wondering what kind of 
>>> project you may submit: does this have to be a rather detailed 
>>> description of what you expect to get in the end, within an existing 
>>> bigger project etc.? Or can this be just a few lines describing what 
>>> you envision and ultimately relying on participants to shape it more 
>>> precisely while bringing new ideas?
>>>
>>> If you guys have already been involved, either as student or as 
>>> mentor, I'd love to read your feed-back about it.
>>>
>>> Regards,
>>>   Franck.
>>>
>>>
>>> Le 11/01/2018 à 16:54, Gray, Alasdair J G a écrit :
>>>> Hi All,
>>>>
>>>> We would like to propose Bioschemas as a Google Summer of Code 
>>>> organisation (deadline 23 January 2018).
>>>> https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/
>>>>
>>>> I have started drafting ideas for projects in a google document, 
>>>> please feel free to add more project ideas or details to my initial 
>>>> brain dump.
>>>> https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_i2vqUfCy1laVbslVR6kjaRLIUN8Y2nqQIEPT8G68gg/edit
>>>>
>>>> Best regards
>>>>
>>>> Alasdair, Carole, and Rafa
>>>>
>>>> Alasdair J G Gray
>>>>
>>>> Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
>>>> Assistant Professor in Computer Science,
>>>> School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
>>>> (Athena SWAN Bronze Award)
>>>> Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh UK.
>>>>
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>>>> Twitter: @gray_alasdair
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