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Re: [Demexp-dev] Google Summer of Code 2007
Re: [Demexp-dev] Google Summer of Code 2007
Fri, 09 Mar 2007 17:56:31 +0100
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"David MENTRE" <address@hidden> writes:
> I'll make the application.
This now done.
Here is our application. The one line fields in the saved page are empty
but are similar to initial Félix response plus my own comments.
About Your Organization ^ back to top <#__top>
What is your Organization's Name?
What is your Organization's Homepage?
Describe your organization.
Our organization is based on a small core of dedicated members
(about 4-6 people) mostly (but not all) living in the city of
Rennes, in France. Most of us are working in the IT field and
we are 30 years old (+/- 20%). We have a horizontal
organization and we take our decisions by consensus. We
communicate mostly by email but we meet at least once a month
for a project meeting. There is a larger community of about 30
persons who are contributing to the project occasionnaly, and
participating in the discussions on our mailing list. Our goal
is to develop a software tool to facilitate direct democracy
within small structures (associations, projects, companies...)
or larger entities (towns, regions...). The software, called
demexp, is based on a client server architecture. Each
participant can: -Submit a new vote (eg. 'How to we process
waste in our company?') -Submit candidate answers (eg. 1:'We
put everything in the same bin' 2: 'There are three bins for
each employee' 3: 'There are three bins in a dedicated room'
4: 'Question rejected') -Vote (using Condorcet voting
algorithm in the current version) The question and the winning
answer are compiled into a database representing the decisions
taken by the community of participants. There are a number of
additional features already coded or specified (eg. vote
Why is your organization applying to participate in GSoC 2007?
What do you hope to gain by participating?
Our main goal is to get help in developping a web based client
interface to the voting server. The expertise to do this is
currently lacking in the project and we believe GSoC is a good
opportunity to find it. We also have a second project where
the student would build a classification system upon LIS
(Logical Information System).
Did your organization participate in GSoC 2005 or 2006? If so,
please summarize your involvement and the sucesses and failures of
your student projects. (optional)
We did not participate in previous GSoCs.
If your organization has not previously participated in GSoC, have
you applied in the past? If so, for what year(s)? (optional)
We did not apply in the past.
What license does your project use?
Our project is under GNU GPL. We are using external libraries
with a GPL-compatible license.
URL for your ideas page
What is the main development mailing list for your organization?
Where is the main IRC channel for your organization?
Does your organization have an application template you would like
to see students use? If so, please provide it now. (optional)
No, we don't.
Who will be your backup organization administrator? Please enter
their Google Account address. We will email them to confirm, your
organization will not become active until they respond. (optional)
About Your Mentors ^ back to top <#__top>
What criteria did you use to select these individuals as mentors?
Please be as specific as possible.
The mentors are the core projects participant. They are the
most involved in software development.
Who will your mentors be? Please enter their Google Account
address separated by commas. If your organization is accepted we
will email each mentor to invite them to take part. (optional)
About The Program ^ back to top <#__top>
What is your plan for dealing with disappearing students?
We have a well organized software methodoly and repository
system and therefore code source durability is ensured.
Moreover we insist on good practice programmation. Until now
the code has been written using litterate programming. We
intend to monitor student work and integrate on a regular
basis his/her work.
What is your plan for dealing with disappearing mentors?
Mentors are core project member, implied in the project for
more than three years and don't intendent to disappear. :-)
What steps will you take to encourage students to interact with
your project's community before, during and after the program?
Before the program: We will answer any question about the
project, the software and their objectives. At any time: We
will encourage them: * to use the program (it is already
possible to vote and interact with our main voting server,
using our software client). * to participate in the
discussions on our general and development mailing lists.
After the program: The student will be encouraged to maintain
the module and participate in other project developments.
What will you do to ensure that your accepted students stick with
the project after GSoC concludes?
We hope that the student will be highly motivated not only by
the software development aspects, but also by the prospects of
facilitating direct democracy and bringing it in new
structures. Since our project has an experimental and slightly
philosophical dimension, we hope they will have an interest in
pursuing the experience/experiment it represents. Of course,
the student will be given credit for his/her work and be
responsible to maintain the module and enhance it. Certain
project proposals like the web interface have a high
visibility so are rewarding for the student.
GPG/PGP key: A3AD7A2A David MENTRE <address@hidden>
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