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Re: [Demexp-dev] Google Summer of Code 2007

From: David MENTRE
Subject: Re: [Demexp-dev] Google Summer of Code 2007
Date: 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. 

Best wishes,
GPG/PGP key: A3AD7A2A David MENTRE <address@hidden>
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