According to today Google Summer of Code students application period will open [0]. The application period closes in two weeks, on March 21st.

Here [1] is a link to all common questions on GSoC, that cover the basics about the program and also specific questions on how to apply and what are the requirements for students and mentors.

OSGeo homepage on Melange shows the application template [2] that students shall use and will contain the direct link for application submission.

Our suggestions to students are summarized as follows:

  • check the eligibility requirements first (see the link to common questions)
  • get inspiration and info from the OSGeo Ideas wiki page [3]
  • if you are new, introduce yourself to the developer team you wish to join
  • register on Melange and submit the application, even as draft, not later than next week. You are able to edit it or withdraw it anytime during the application period.

Interested students and mentors are welcome to ask for clarification on the soc list or, if privacy is needed, to the admins directly..

Let us remind that you don’t need to already be an expert to take part to GSoC – if you are unsure, just ask what are the required skills for a given idea!

[0] GSoC homepage:
[1] GSoC FAQ:
[2] OSGeo application template for students:
[3] OSGeo Ideas:

About fjbehr

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Franz-Josef Behr, Professor of Geoinformatics at Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences ( His specializations include * Internet, Internet GIS * XML, GML, SVG * Data exchange and Interoperability * Visualization * Open Source Solutions * Consulting Member of the DIN working group NA 005-03-03 AA "Arbeitsausschuss Kartographie und Geoinformation" (Sp CEN/TC 287+ISO/TC 211). He is the author of two authoritative books on GIS in German, one is "Strategisches GIS-Management", published by Wichmann Verlag (2004). The second is "Einführung in Geographische Informationssysteme" (1997).

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