[Jalview-discuss] Phyloinformatics Google Summer of Code 2014 call for project ideas!

Jim Procter jprocter at compbio.dundee.ac.uk
Thu Jan 30 12:03:33 GMT 2014

Hi All.

If you are interested in recruiting excellent students and have an idea 
for an informatics/computer science open source project focused on 
evolutionary biology and bioinformatics, please read on !

This also includes any ideas involving Jalview !  Most of Jalview's RNA 
capabilities have been added through google summer of code projects. 
This year, I'd be particularly interested in projects that involve 
extending Jalview's datamodel to properly support taxonomic annotation 
based multiple alignment analysis, and extending Jalview's complement of 
built-in and JABAWS based phylogenetic analysis capabilities.


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Subject: 	[Wg-phyloinformatics] PhyloSoC 2014 call for project ideas
Date: 	Wed, 29 Jan 2014 08:19:10 -0500
From: 	Karen Cranston <karen.cranston at nescent.org>
To: 	Wg-phyloinformatics at nescent.org

Hi folks!
As you made have heard, the Google Summer of Code [1] is on again for 
2014! NESCent is again putting together an application as an 
organization. Participating as an organization is very competitive, and 
a good suite of project ideas are a critical part of our application.

This is official call for project ideas. If you have an idea for a 
project, please post your idea here for discussion and start an outline 
on the wiki [2]. Take a look at our guidelines for writing project ideas 
[3]. This year, we want to focus PhyloSoC on community building. This is 
motivated by the impending end of the NESCent center grant, which means 
this may be the last year that NESCent can be the org admin for 
PhyloSoC. (I know, boo).

What do we mean by "focus on community building?". As an umbrella org, I 
think our students often feel that they are working with only with their 
mentors and have little connection with other mentors and students in 
PhyloSoC. Jim and I think we can improve this by suggesting project 
ideas that involve active communities of developers, by suggesting ideas 
that link multiple projects (think interoperability!), by selecting 
students enthusiastic about phyloinformatics who are likely to continue 
in the field, and by changing some of our communication methods to 
better engage students. Suggestions are, of course, always welcome.

If you have any questions, ask here or on the G+ community page [4].

Here's to another fun and productive Phyloinformatics Summer of Code!

[1] https://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/homepage/google/gsoc2014

[4] https://plus.google.com/communities/105828320619238393015

Karen & Jim


Karen Cranston, PhD
Training Coordinator and Informatics Project Manager
nescent.org <http://nescent.org>

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