Public Lab Wiki documentation



Summer of Code programs

1,401 views | Last edited by warren 25 days ago | #7963

« Back to Developers

Public Lab has received support for students to work on Public Lab software projects via Google's Summer of Code program -- 2019 is our sixth great year of open source coding with GSoC! In 2017 and 2018 we also joined the Rails Girls Summer of Code program, and in 2018 we participated in Outreachy.

This is a key way that we are able to develop our collaborative platform (this website) as well as other Public Lab coding projects.

We especially welcome contributions from people from groups underrepresented in free and open source software!

How to apply

Want to get involved? As a first step, we ask everyone to complete a “first-timers-only” issue, which you can find on our Welcome page at https://code.publiclab.org.

While it’s helpful to have some experience with the Git version tracking system, we have guides to help you go through this process, and will be there to help you get your code posted. Almost all of our code is in Ruby on Rails and JavaScript, so basic familiarity with these systems is a plus. We have a chatroom at https://publiclab.org/chat where you can get help pretty much any time.

Brainstorming project ideas

We kick off each season with a big brainstorm of ideas. You can find this year's discussion here:

https://publiclab.org/notes/warren/01-02-2019/brainstorming-for-summer-of-code-2019

Our Summer of Code Ideas Page will list the final brainstormed ideas that come out of this process.

Call for proposals

Our 2019 call for proposals is open! Read here:

https://publiclab.org/notes/warren/02-28-2019/call-for-summer-of-code-2019-proposals

You can see past years' call for proposals lists here: https://publiclab.org/tag/call-for-proposals

The call for proposals asks people to post their proposals using this template: https://publiclab.org/gsoc-application-template

We encourage people to leave comments, encouragement, tips, and questions on each others' proposals in a community fashion, and to be friendly and welcoming to one another!

How we work

Over recent years, we’ve steadily refined a workflow that helps new contributors get plugged into our community and code with a warm welcome, and aims to support building skills incrementally and cooperatively. We’re always looking for ways to improve, and welcome feedback!

Once you are comfortable with our workflow by completing a first-timers-only issue (see above) we’d like to ask that you compile your project steps into a planning issue, which you can learn about here. You can see examples here: https://github.com/publiclab/plots2/labels/planning

At this point, we recommend you begin going through the task list, creating a pull request like a mini-project for each task. Each one will ideally have tests, and we can help you develop these.

As you progress, we encourage contributors to grow as leaders by reviewing others’ pull requests, helping troubleshoot, and also taking small parts of your project to post as “first-timers-issues” for someone else. You can read more about these steps at https://publiclab.org/software-outreach and https://github.com/publiclab/plots2/labels/support.

Your code will be reviewed, supported and troubleshooted (troubleshot?) and potentially published to our live site as often as once a week, and you’ll be able to see it running and get feedback from people about it to inform your work.

Towards the end of your project, we’ll encourage you to take remaining pieces you’d like to see followed-up on in the future, and describe them with enough information for others to take up and complete. This could be in the form of “first-timers-only” issues, or “break-me-up” issues that list out steps that can be adapted into small stand-alone tasks.

Evaluations

We've posted various guidance on how we do evaluations in our Summer of Code programs. Here is a short collection of suggestions and info!


Questions

Ask a question  or help answer future questions on this topic

Activities

Add an activity  or request an activity guide you don't see listed

Activities should include a materials list, costs and a step-by-step guide to construction with photos. Learn what makes a good activity here.


Mentoring

What does it mean to be a mentor?

Mentors check in with a student at least once per week roughly from May-August, and offer some project management guidance and encouragement... while relying on the plots-dev list and the @publiclab/reviewers group on GitHub to provide code-specific input, so that we share the burden of specific technical support.

This means that to be a mentor you don't necessarily need to know how to code -- we need mentors who know Public Lab's community and practices well, and who can encourage students to speak up when they get stuck, and to ask the community for input and testing of their work. Students often get stuck when they don't know how something should look, or how a feature might be used by the community -- contextual info!

If you're interested in being a mentor, email the developers list or jeff@publiclab.org -- and read over our software outreach resources to get an idea of how we work!

Some more resources on mentoring:


Communication

We do occasional chat or video sessions, and mentors rely on each other quite a bit, in the chatroom and on the plots-gsoc list.

Benefits

Our code contributor community is built on a commitment to mutual benefit -- we can’t create good software without welcoming in newcomers, and we are deeply invested in supporting contributors to learn new skills and grow as coders, designers, project leaders, and “cooperators”. Unlike many open source communities, much of our capacity is aimed at helping people become proficient coders, and to learn and apply principles such as code modularity, test-driven development, and more, as outlined at https://publiclab.org/software-outreach.

But we also seek to change coding culture by recognizing how important communication, mutual support, and affirmative and welcoming tone are. As part of this, we seek to improve ourselves and help contributors learn how to support one another, welcome in a diverse and inclusive community, and build a more positive and equitable society by doing things a little differently.


Past years


Updates

Title Author Updated Likes
Congratulations to our 2019 Outreachy and Google Summer of Code team! @warren 12 days ago
Outreachy Final Blog : An awesome Journey @lekhidugtal 14 days ago
Google Summer of Code 2019 - Final Work Product - Isha Gupta @IshaGupta18 15 days ago
Google Summer of Code 2019 Final Report @sidntrivedi012 22 days ago
Google Summer of Code 2019: Work Product @namangupta 22 days ago
GSoC19: Mapknitter Rails Upgrade @kaustubh_nair 22 days ago
Google Summer of Code 2019 Public Lab Final Work Product: Pranshu Srivastava @rexagod 22 days ago
Google Summer of Code 2019 Work Product 2019 @namangupta 23 days ago
GSoC proposal: Mapknitter Image Management and Synchronous Editing @divyabaid16 24 days ago
Wrapping up Outreachy and GSoC 2019 @warren 28 days ago
Public Lab Outreach Event - Jaipur @divyabaid16 29 days ago
Second Evaluation (GSoC 2019): Mapknitter Rails 6.0 upgrade @alaxallves about 2 months ago
Google Summer of Code: Phase II @lit2017001 about 2 months ago
GSoC Phase ll evaluation @gautami_gg about 2 months ago
Google Summer of Code: Phase II @IshaGupta18 about 2 months ago
Updated: Evaluation 2 GSoC @divyabaid16 about 2 months ago
GSoC '19: Mapknitter Rails upgrade, Phase II @kaustubh_nair about 2 months ago
Google Summer of Code: Second Evaluations @rexagod about 2 months ago
My journey to getting selected and first few weeks of the internship @anan12 2 months ago
My efforts to be a part of GSoC’19 @divyabaid16 3 months ago
MapKnitter: Multiple image export @divyabaid16 3 months ago
Second Blog: My work for outreachy @lekhidugtal 3 months ago
Getting help in a coding project @warren 3 months ago
Google Summer of Code @ Public Lab : First Phase Work @namangupta 3 months ago
<code> Into GSoC’19 with Public Lab </code> @IshaGupta18 3 months ago
My Journey in Open Source (GSoC’19) @IshaGupta18 3 months ago
Google Summer of Code @ Public Lab: 3rd and 4th Week @rexagod 3 months ago
Google Summer of Code @ Public Lab: 1st and 2nd Week @rexagod 3 months ago
Draft of Public Lab Image Sequencer User Manual – Comments Welcome! @MaggPi 3 months ago
Draft of a Public Lab Software Roadmap: Comments welcome! @warren 4 months ago
My first blog post for outreachy @lekhidugtal 4 months ago
Introducing the MapKnitter: Community Atlas project @warren 4 months ago
A big WELCOME to our Outreachy/GSoC team for 2019! @warren 4 months ago
GSoD : System diagram and Roadmap for Plots2 @bansal_sidharth2996 5 months ago
GSoc Proposal: OAuth & Upgrade to Bootstrap 4 @bansal_sidharth2996 5 months ago
SoC proposal: GSoC: Websocket Implementation for Real-time Usage and Sensor data and Display Library @namangupta 5 months ago
SoC proposal: Improving UI and Structure of Leaflet Environmental Layers @rkpattnaik780 5 months ago
SoC Proposal : Spectral Workbench Capture @sidntrivedi012 5 months ago
SOC 2019: A small proposal for global environmental monitoring @MaggPi 5 months ago
SoC proposal: MapKnitter Image Management & User Experience @govindjeevan7 5 months ago
SOC proposal: Extend Leaflet Environmental Layers with new layer menu and layer addition workflow @anan12 5 months ago
Outreachy proposal: Public Lab UI Improvements @tonchuks 5 months ago
SoC proposal: Image Sequencer: Broadening Avenues @vibhordelgupta 5 months ago
GSoC proposal: Image Sequencer @aashnaaashna 5 months ago
GSoC proposal: Mapknitter Image Management and Synchronous Editing @igniteeng000 5 months ago
Outreachy Proposal 2019 For Public Lab: @gautami_gg 5 months ago
GSoC Proposal: Mapknitter Rails 6 upgrade @kaustubh_nair 5 months ago
GSoC proposal: Mapknitter Upgrade to Rails 6 @singhav 5 months ago
GSoC proposal: Mapknitter ORB Descriptor (w/ auto-stitching, pattern training, and live video support) and LDI revamp (major UI enhancements) @rexagod 5 months ago
SoC proposal: Community Toolbox overhaul @icode365 5 months ago
SoC proposal: Image Sequencer @lohithabhagam123 5 months ago
SoC proposal: Community-toolbox @jainsubhahu 5 months ago
Outreachy proposal: Extend Leaflet Environmental Layers with new layer menu and layer addition workflow @priya17081 5 months ago
GSoC proposal: Sensor data upload and display library @IshaGupta18 5 months ago
SoC proposal: Image Sequencer @f20171066 5 months ago
GSoC Proposal 2019: Mapknitter's Rails Upgrade @alaxallves 5 months ago
SoC proposal: PublicLab.Editor @f20171066 5 months ago
GSoC proposal: LEL 2.0 and work on Leaflet-Blurred projects . @sagarpreet 6 months ago
SoC proposal: Sensor data upload and display library @shakebameen 6 months ago
SoC proposal: Sensor data upload and display library @shakebameen 6 months ago
GSoC proposal: Automated feature detection and matching #300 https://github.com/publiclab/image-sequencer/issues/300 @puneetbindal8989 6 months ago
SoC proposal: Enhancing the UI of publiclab and relevant changes to server @lekhidugtal 6 months ago
GSoC proposal: Automated feature detection and matching #300 https://github.com/publiclab/image-sequencer/issues/300 @puneetbindal8989 6 months ago
Outreachy proposal: PublicLab.org UI Improvements @divyabaid16 6 months ago
Outreachy proposal: Revamp the website interface and add User friendly features @vanshika421 6 months ago
Outreachy proposal: PublicLab.org UI Improvement @madeofhuman 6 months ago
Outreachy'19 Proposal: Public Lab UI Improvements @IshaGupta18 6 months ago
Outreachy proposal: Public Lab UI Improvements @anan12 6 months ago
Call for Outreachy 2019 proposals! @gauravano 6 months ago
Call for Summer of Code 2019 proposals! @warren 6 months ago
Call for Summer of Code 2019 mentors! @warren 8 months ago
Updated Image Sequencer Colormaps! @MaggPi 8 months ago
Brainstorming for Summer of Code 2019 @warren 9 months ago
Call for Outreachy 2018-19 proposals! @warren 10 months ago
Outreachy proposal: Extend community collaboration statistics and visualization system @cess 10 months ago
Outreachy proposal: @faithngetich188 10 months ago
Outreachy proposal on expanded community stats system by Amy Chan @amychan331 10 months ago
Expanding Public Lab's community stats system @romrod 10 months ago
Outreachy proposal: Improve statistics system for publiclab @radhikadua 11 months ago
Outreachy proposal by narnt @thayshi 11 months ago
Outreachy proposal: Planning for expanded community stats system @kramadan 11 months ago
Outreachy proposal @quinn-codes-synthesis 11 months ago
Outreachy proposal on expanded community stats system by Amy Chan @amychan331 11 months ago
Brazilian Housewives Coding Team Presentation - RGSOC - 2018 @milaaraujo 11 months ago
Reply-by-email: a new way to use PublicLab.org @warren 12 months ago
Software Freedom Day in NIT Hamirpur @souravirus 12 months ago
SoC MeetUp at DTU @bansal_sidharth2996 about 1 year ago
GSOC-18 Email notification overhaul. @vidit about 1 year ago
Web Working Group Update 23: August 2018 @warren about 1 year ago
Congratulations on a great 2018 Summer of Code! @warren about 1 year ago
Prototype: filter map tiles in real-time in a browser with ImageSequencer (NDVI Landsat) @warren about 1 year ago
GSoC 2018: Final Work Product of Draft Feature and Email Integration Project @gauravano about 1 year ago
GSOC Multi Party Auth System @bansal_sidharth2996 about 1 year ago
GSoC Submission for Leaflet Blurred Location Part 2 @mridulnagpal about 1 year ago
GSoC Proposal: Draft Feature & Email Integration Project @gauravano about 1 year ago
GSOC 2018 Work on Image Sequencer @tech4gt about 1 year ago
Raspberry Pi camera (visible and NOIR) V2 / picamera effects demos @MaggPi about 1 year ago
Announcing 10 Summer of Code projects for 2018 @warren about 1 year ago
Leaflet Environmental Layer Library - Part 2 @sagarpreet about 1 year ago
GSoC with Public Lab: First Evaluation @gauravano about 1 year ago
GSOC: First Evaluation Google Authentication @bansal_sidharth2996 over 1 year ago
Web Working Group Update 22: June 2018 @warren over 1 year ago
Call for Summer of Code 2018 proposals! @warren over 1 year ago
Leaflet Environmental Layers Library @sagarpreet over 1 year ago
USB Webcam vs Raspberry Pi V2 Field of View (FOV) comparison / Community microscope initial evaluation #2 @MaggPi over 1 year ago
Community Microscope Initial Evaluation @MaggPi over 1 year ago
Is there a way to use RGB spectral overlap to make better spectral measurements? @MaggPi over 1 year ago
Raspberry PI NoIR close-up Imaging @MaggPi over 1 year ago
All Summer of Code convening Live Call @liz over 1 year ago
GSoC with Public Lab: Selection @gauravano over 1 year ago
GSoC proposal: Computer Vision enhancements for Raspberry Pi based Public Lab Science Projects @MaggPi over 1 year ago
Which Public Lab kit is best for testing the impact of different camera settings? @MaggPi over 1 year ago
RGSoC: v2 API development @milaaraujo over 1 year ago
Raspberry Pi Microscope/close up lens system @MaggPi over 1 year ago
GSoC proposal: Social Media Integration and Leaflet-Layers Library . @sagarpreet over 1 year ago
RGSoC proposal: Upgrade to Rails 5 @meghana-07 over 1 year ago
GSoC proposal: v2 API development @rishabh07 over 1 year ago
GSoC proposal: Calendar Events and Graphs Integration @500swapnil over 1 year ago
GSoC Proposal: v2 API development and third party app integrations @sukhbir over 1 year ago
GSoC proposal: Upgrade to Rails 5 @souravirus over 1 year ago
GSoC proposal: Leaflet Blurred Location Part 2 @mridulnagpal over 1 year ago
GSoC proposal: Email integration Project @namangupta over 1 year ago
GSoC proposal: Card UI/UX Implementation v2 & Bootstrap 4 Upgradation @amitsin6h over 1 year ago
GSoC proposal: Image-Sequencer v2 : Processing on steroids @tech4gt over 1 year ago
GSoC proposal: v2 API development | Grape | Swagger Specification @Raounak over 1 year ago
RAILS GIRLS NAIROBI MEGA CODING EVENT @stella over 1 year ago
RGSoC proposal: Entrepreneurial Network And Enhanced UX @SrishtyMittal over 1 year ago
SoC proposal:RGSOC PROPOSAL: Upgrade to Rails 5.1.5 @stella over 1 year ago
RGSoC proposal: Upgrade to Rails 5 @cess over 1 year ago
RGSoC proposal: Rich Editor Extras @soniya2903 over 1 year ago
RGSoC proposal : Pollution tracker @evjam over 1 year ago
SoC proposal: Pollution analysis on google maps @sid2111995 over 1 year ago
GSoC proposal: Email integration project @vishesh over 1 year ago
Web Working Group Update 21: January 2018 @warren over 1 year ago
Software outreach: Modularity is great for collaboration @warren over 1 year ago
Software project ideas for upcoming 2018 Summer of Code fellowships? @warren over 1 year ago
Software outreach: a blog series @warren almost 2 years ago
Help with a standard mini-evaluation for assessing software outreach efforts? @warren almost 2 years ago
Introducing Image Sequencer: a pure JavaScript non-destructive image processing library for Node, browser and command line @ccpandhare almost 2 years ago
Wrapping up Google Summer of Code 2017 at Public Lab @warren about 2 years ago
Web Working Group Update 20: August 2017 @warren about 2 years ago
GSOC 2017 FINAL REPORT; EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS OVERHAUL @stella about 2 years ago
Final posts for Google Summer of Code @liz about 2 years ago
GSoC Submission for Map of Projects @mridulnagpal about 2 years ago
GSoC 2017: Final Report on Wiki Discussion @Ashan about 2 years ago
GSoC 2017: Final Work Product of Image Sequencer Project @ccpandhare about 2 years ago
Getting to know plotsbot @ryzokuken about 2 years ago
Demo for leaflet-blurred-location @mridulnagpal about 2 years ago
Web Working Group Update 19: June 2017 @warren about 2 years ago
Introducing Question Button in Wiki Pages @Ashan over 2 years ago
Google Summer of Code 2017 - and a call for community mentors @warren over 2 years ago
Email Notification Overhaul @stella over 2 years ago
Email notification overhaul @bash over 2 years ago
Image-sequencer - Graph Editor @calvrix over 2 years ago
Graph Editor for the Image-sequencer @calvrix over 2 years ago
Graph Editor for Image-sequencer @calvrix over 2 years ago
OmniAuth and Wiki Discussion @vaibhavgeek over 2 years ago
Omniauth and Gamification of contributing to Public Lab @vaibhavgeek over 2 years ago
GSOC - Upgrade Plot to Rails 4 and Email Notification Overhaul @aayushgupta1 over 2 years ago
Re-construction for ImageSequencer @yachao over 2 years ago
Expanded Rich Wikis @bansal_sidharth2996 over 2 years ago
Upgrading Plot to Rails 5 @aayushgupta1 over 2 years ago
Android app for Image sequencer @ashwinvasudevan over 2 years ago
Developing Image Sequencer as a Library @ccpandhare over 2 years ago
Tagging Interface @mkashyap354 over 2 years ago
Wiki Discussion @Ashan over 2 years ago
GSoC Proposal - Email Notifications Overhaul @Khamba over 2 years ago
Map of Projects @mridulnagpal over 2 years ago
Call for Summer of Code 2017 proposals! @warren over 2 years ago
Show more


Public Lab is open for anyone and will always be free. By signing up you'll join a diverse group of community researchers and tap into a lot of grassroots expertise.

Sign up