[OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] Project ideas for Outreach Project for Women
klussier at masslnc.org
Mon Aug 25 00:49:07 EDT 2014
Please excuse the cross-postings.
At its meeting last week, the Executive Oversight Board discussed the
possibility of participating in the GNOME Outreach Project for Women -
http://gnome.org/opw/. The goal of OPW is to increase the participation
of women in FOSS projects by connecting interns with communities that
need help for specific projects.
It is similar to the Google Summer of Code program in which Evergreen
has previously participated, but the internships provided through this
program can extend beyond coding. Interns could also work on user
experience design, graphic design, documentation, web development,
marketing, translation, or any other task that would help sustain the
project. The EOB agreed to put forth the funds to cover the intern's
stipend if, as a community, we could come up with some strong project
ideas that will help the community and mentors willing to commit their
time to the project
I have started a page at http://wiki.evergreen-ils.org/doku.php?id=opw
where we can start collecting potential project ideas. I had a couple of
doc ideas that I have already added to the list. If you can think of
anything that you think would be a worthwhile project, feel free to add
it to the page.
Please remember, though, that the projects need to be something that
serve as an entry point for somebody who is entirely new to Evergreen.
In talking about how to define a project, OPW suggests starting with
smaller tasks (i.e. bugs) with a shared them and progressing over time
to more complex tasks (i.e. features). They also ask that we select
projects where the intern is likely to see their contributions
incorporated in the project before the internship is over.
Also, we need to make sure we have committed mentors on any project that
is ultimately posted. The next OPW round starts September 8 when the
names of participating organizations are released. The application
deadline is October 22. During that application period, mentors may need
to commit as much as 10 hours per week on the program since you'll be
working with multiple potential applicants. I expect that it wouldn't be
10 hours per week for the entire application period, but that it will
become more demanding as the application deadline approaches.
The internship dates then run from December 9 to March 9, during which
time you may need to spend up to five hours per week working with the
intern. Due to the time commitment, I think we should shoot for two
mentors on each project so that the commitment does not fall on just one
There is more information for potential mentors at
We need to let OPW know by September 8 if we plan on participating, so
we have about two weeks to see if we can pull together some strong
projects. However, I think this is doable if we have some willing
volunteers and good project ideas.
Feel free to let me know if you have any questions!
Massachusetts Library Network Cooperative
klussier at masslnc.org
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