Google summer of code

Open Source, APIs, and the Summer of Code at Google
Chris DiBona, Open Source Programs Manager, Google, Inc. 
Chris uses Google Earth to move through his presentation, missed the first bit as couldn’t find the room.

SFLC helped them understand whether to join ODF foundation

Do you want people to have to pay to use your software and make it less important?

/. Shows a topic 5 different ways but not useful to spider/crawl 5 ways to the same info as the search results get untidy, some would argue that this already happening to the Google results
Google tends to use the Creative Commons no attrib sharelalike license – which is sort of like GPL

Set up a sitemap server under a CC protected protocol

When people say they have an open API but they sort of have a closed one, Google wants to open theirs so their competititors can also use it, but since they want to change something to it they have to go to Google now, which provided an infrastructure for cooperation – helps define a standard?

Next generation of HTML , as in HTML5, talking abut web authoring statistics, breakdown of HTML code tags used, provides some interesting stats such as the typical number of elements web pages have.. 19 apparently.

Next up for the research is javascript code, now that should provide some interesting stats too in this AJAX world.

Crowd asks how liong it takes to crawl a billion docs, “proprietary info” Chris quips with a wry smile
Next up Google talk , they wanted to release a voice stack and didn’t want to go proprietary so they wrote libjingle, under GPL etc

You want jabber because its federated and open – Google Earth flies us to Hamburg to show that two guys are working on open office there for Google.
Back to their big support on Firefox development, crowd asks if there is some overall mission for Google?

Google think of the open source community as their peers and look to get involved to help them make the web more interesting

We move on to a breakdown on the Google Summer of Code

  • 6338 applications
  • 3044 applicants
  • 1260 mentors
  • 630 students
  • 456 schools
  • 102 open source orgs
  • 90 countries

Bunch of graphs to show license types etc, top one is GPL with 41%

Most of the applicants come from … USA ! in the top 10, the next 11 countries tops out with China

Applications Google , KDE , Ubuntu top 3 apps

The crowd asks if Chris had a slide on the number of failed apps, to which he replies he would have to check with the Google dept of Evil as it might be bad

Most schools have only one participant to the programme but one school has 10

Not just computer science, mechanical engineering, english literature, interior design, urban planning, astronomy, cartography, genetics, developmental physchology

T-Shirt distribution – women vastly under represented, mostly X-Large

Most mentors from USA for some unknown reason , then Germany and UK

Mentors like blue

Small number of kids getting kicked out as they haven’t done the work properly, better for the money go to a better cause. He jokes that the $5000 won in Romania is a lot of money, and that the winner there spoke to him some time later and told him he was very grateful as he had started a company and employed 3 people.

We fly through the rest of the stats as time is running out but we finish with Google Earth showing the location of all mentors and students and what they are working on , it’s a very nice visualistation


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