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From Ross Gardler <rgard...@opendirective.com>
Subject Re: increasing GSoC visibility within the ASF
Date Thu, 11 Apr 2013 21:09:22 GMT
I think this is a good idea if you have the time. I'm certain the
OpenMeetings project will be very happy to provide a teleconferencing
solution.

Ross


On 11 April 2013 15:54, Suresh Marru <smarru@apache.org> wrote:

> Lots of good thoughts already, and I agree with Ross it is the quality and
> not quantity.
>
> But I think not all projects have the awareness and what they can get out
> of GSoC. There is a lot of good documentation as Uli and others have
> pointed out.  PMC's have to be motivated to look at them. Email is good for
> most of the asynchronous communication needs, but my 2 cents will be to
> conduct an open forum webeminar and reach it out to all committers and
> pmcs. My experience if some one can ask questions directly it will
> bootstrap better interest than emails notifications. If such thing will be
> useful, I am willing to organize and coordinate.
>
> Suresh
>
> On Apr 10, 2013, at 1:26 PM, Ulrich Stärk <uli@spielviel.de> wrote:
>
> > Folks,
> >
> > I perceive a low interest of our projects in GSoC. The list of projects
> that submitted project ideas
> > that I compiled for Sally contained 33 entries of which some are
> subprojects I believe. With 138
> > PMCs plus 35 podlings, this is less than one fifth of our projects.
> >
> > We only had 34 ideas one week before our application was due.
> >
> > I run into committers that are not members of their projects PMCs who
> are eager to be mentors but
> > have no clue about what's going on because nobody from the PMC forwarded
> my emails to their dev lists.
> >
> > So the problem seems twofold: no interest and not reaching the right
> people. The latter could be
> > improved by simply sending to committers@ instead of pmcs@ but it's the
> first that worries me.
> >
> > I believe GSoC and every other opportunity to attract new contributors
> to our projects should be a
> > key priority of our PMCs. Apparently it's not, for whatever reasons. I
> could think of missing
> > cycles, indifference, and wrong priorities.
> >
> > So what could we do to increase awareness for the opportunities GSoC
> offers and that this program is
> > important to the foundation? Write more emails? Ask the board to mandate
> a section in board reports
> > detailing the project's GSoC endeavors? Any ideas?
> >
> > Uli
>
>


-- 
Ross Gardler (@rgardler)
Programme Leader (Open Development)
OpenDirective http://opendirective.com

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