The PostgreSQL Project is participating in the Google Summer of Code 2012 program. This program endeavors to fund students to contribute to an open source project over the summer break.
The PostgreSQL Project has a wide range of opinions on what it feels are acceptable GSoC projects. The examples listed here are meant only as a suggestion of things we would likely find useful, but you should not feel obligated to pick from this list by any means. If you have just discovered a new algorithm as part of your thesis work, we would love to see a proposal implementing that in PostgreSQL. The point is that all proposals will be evaluated on their own merits, so be creative.
PostgreSQL follows an open community development model, so student projects are likely to be reviewed and commented on by any and all members of the PostgreSQL community. This also means that we may be able to find mentors for additional projects by reaching out to this community. If you are interested in working on a project not explicitly mentioned above, you may want to contact one of the Summer of Code liaisons below about writing a proposal.
A list of prospective mentors is available on our GSOC2012 Wiki Page.
If your project is not selected for funding by Google, but you still think you have a feasible project proposal, then please email our developers mailing list at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students are responsible for writing a proposal and submitting it to Google before the application deadline. The following outline was adapted from the Perl Foundation open source proposal HOWTO. A strong proposal will include:
Please also see our additional Advice to Students before submitting a proposal.
We would prefer that development discussion occur on our project mailing lists when possible, with special recognition being given to those students who vet their proposal with community developers before submitting their proposal to Google SoC. This is not required, but can have a large impact on the chances of your proposal being accepted, so please don't be shy. In any case, you will be required to keep open lines of communication with your mentor should you be accepted, so if you have circumstances that may affect this, please explain them up front in your proposal.
Am I eligible?
Please see the Google FAQ for all questions about eligibility.
When is the proposal deadline?
According to the Summer of Code FAQ, the deadline for submitting student proposals is April 6th, 2012 (19:00 UTC). Please remember that proposals must submitted to Google themselves, although we are happy to discuss any proposals with you ahead of time.