Hi Stephan,

This sounds interesting. I wish they were more specific about what it means to be "space-related", since a space mission, like any large-scale project, could end up making use of every open-source software application there is, from Wine to StatusNet to Inkscape. Their "about" page and FAQ don't provide any clues - so I guess the answer is just that the organizations have to make the case that they're space-related.

I've heard that SMW is already used, to a small extent, at NASA, for what it's worth; and I think we could definitely make a viable case for ourselves.

So, I'm in. Does anyone else have any thoughts? Markus?


On Mon, Jul 4, 2011 at 3:03 PM, Stephan Gambke <f.trott@gmx.net> wrote:

"ESA Summer of Code in Space (SOCIS) is a pilot program run by ... the
European Space Agency that offers student developers stipends to write
code for various space-related open source software projects. ...

The program is inspired by (but not affiliated or related in any way to)
Google's Summer of Code initiative." [1]

Ok, lets face it, it's a copy of GSoC. The managers former GSoC
participants (students).

There are some caveats:
* extremely tight timeframe, mentoring organizations application
deadline is on 15 July
* only European universities, at least half the participating students
of each university must be from ESA states
* there are around 10 to 30 student slots, depending on the number of
* "it does not need to be already in use ..... just space related (you
need to report what is the potential space use of the software in the
org application form)" (Dario Izzo, one of the program managers)

So, can we and do we want to whip up an application that sounds
sufficiently space related within 10 days? With the short time frame I
think we certainly have a chance if only because few projects even
noticed. And space-related does not mean it has to be useable onboard a
spacecraft, could be knowledge management or project management or
scientific applications.


[1] http://sophia.estec.esa.int/socis2011/

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