Google Summer of Code 2011 Ideas

From OPeNDAP Documentation

OPeNDAP Google Summer of Code 2011

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OPeNDAP would like to welcome all the Summer of Code (SoC) students for the 2011 iteration of the SoC program! On this page you'll find information about project ideas we have along with information to help you apply to work on our software. The projects range from web site implementation to complex problems in data systems. Several of the projects listed are focused on adding new features to our data server. However, we also have a set of client tools and GUI-based applications that would provide an ample basis for summer projects. If you don't see anything below in the #Ideas section don't let that stop you from starting a conversation with one of the mentors listed below (#Mentors) because you may have an idea, talent or skill that is the spark of a great project. Don't hesitate to email us!

We would like to stress that while the ideas included here can be the basis of your project, you can also propose something completely different - maybe you've used our software and wish it included a particular feature.

Before submitting an application to GSoC with OPeNDAP as your mentoring organization, make sure you read our GSoC FAQ as well as the Google FAQ, both of which provide some pointers on how to write a successful application.

Once you are ready to submit an application, remember that you must do so before April 8th through the GSoC webapp. A more complete timeline is available for the whole project period. From the GSoC FAQ: You may also want to look over Proposal Example 1 and Proposal Example 2 in the Google Summer of Code student manual to see some examples.



  • Dan Holloway (dholloway at The Hyrax data server, Matlab and IDL clients, C, C++, Java
  • James Gallagher (jgallagher at The Hyrax data server, Matlab and IDL clients, C, C++, Java
  • Patrick West (westp at The Hyrax data server, C, C++, Java, Apache Modules, Semantic Web, OWL (Web Ontology Language), RDBMS, Java
  • Nathan Potter (ndp at The Hyrax data server, OLFS, Java-OPeNDAP, Java
  • Derik Barseghian (barseghian at Kepler scientific workflow application (; Java

Proposal template

Each proposal should be a text document that should contain the following sections:

A one-paragraph description of the proposal
Project Description
A complete description of what you will do including a logical breakdown of the project into smaller parts and how the project will be completed on time
Profit for OPeNDAP Users
How will users of OPeNDAP's open source software benefit from this project?
Success Criteria
What's the target you are trying to reach with this project so that success can easily be measured
Describe the different development phases you expect to go through. For example:
  1. Add a description of my project to the OPeNDAP developer's wiki
  2. Solicit community feedback
  3. Develop base-level features
  4. Testing and alpha release
  5. Develop additional features
  6. ...
Tell us about yourself, why you want to do this and how to contact you

Note: Proposals without contact information will not be accepted.