SoC2007 application

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to organize.

Why are we applying for participation

What do we hope to gain by participating

Did your organization participate in GSoC 2005 or 2006

We did not participate in GSoC in the past and we never applied before.

Who is the administrator

to be defined.

What license does your project use


What is the URL for your ideas page

What is the main development mailing list for your organization

What is the main IRC channel for your organization

do we have any?

Does your organization have an application template you would like to see students use? If so, please provide it now

not really.

Who will be your backup organization administrator? Please include Google Account information

to be defined.

Who will your mentors be? Please include Google Account Information

  • Pablo d'Angelo
  • Daniel M. German
  • Herbert Bay
  • any other "senior" developer or academic with mentoring experience around?

What criteria did you use to select these individuals as mentors? Please be as specific as possible

  • familiarity and experience with the production process of stitched panoramas
  • knowledge of the universe of code applied to stitched panoramas
  • experience in mentoring junior coders, possibly from an academic environment
  • in depth knowledge of user requirements
  • ...

What is your plan for dealing with disappearing students

First we try to minimize the risk of disappearing students.

At the recruiting stage we screen the candidates carefully. We can draw on a fairly large pool of students that are users of the panotools and are likely to find candidates from within the ranks of more than 2000 very active users.

We align their interest with ours - for example last year the community arranged for a fund raiser that resulted in the donation of a fish-eye lens to the maintainer of a core software component. This aligned his interests with the interests of the community and helped insure continued support for this kind of lens that is the most widely used in our community. With the help of our steering committee we are likely to initiate similar activities to bind the student to the community.

Depending on the context it might also be possible to structure the work as academic credits to further incentivation.

In the unlikely event that the student disappears, we feel we have a responsibility toward our steering committee, our community, our sponsors. We intend to complete the projects and will do so by looking for a skilled replacement to continue the work. It might take longer than expected, but we will get there. The advancement of hugin and the set of tools around it is driven by user's needs and will relentlessly move forward, even if at a slower pace.

What is your plan for dealing with disappearing mentors

The selected mentors are well known and connected in the community. We estimate the risk of a disappearing mentor to be very low. To minimize the impact of such an unlikely event we strive to have two mentors per project that can replace each other seamlessly. In the event that one of the two mentors disappears, recruiting efforts for a backup mentor will start immediately. Our steering committee is well connected and will support the organizer in the efforts to recruit replacement mentors. Our community has already experienced the disappearing of key figures on important projects and survived the test when Helmut Dersch, founding father of the panotools library that is at the core of our community, disappeared.

What steps will you take to encourage students to interact with your project's community before, during and after the program

First of all, we hope to recruit a student from the community. This is a growing and vibrant community. We will make sure that the student has the specialized gear to shoot panoramas and we will make sure they get the bug that all of us have. It's passionating photography. We have already organized a fund raiser to donate a fish-eye lens to one of the project maintainers and we can do this again and again.

What will you do to ensure that your accepted students stick with the project after GSoC concludes?

We will make sure he or she enjoys the practical aspects of panorama photography. Part of the assignement will be of practical nature: *use* the software to learn it, not just *code*.