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MediaWiki’s Google Summer of Code students halfway through projects

MediaWiki’s Google Summer of Code students have been busy! We’re more than halfway through the summer, so here’s what they’re up to:

Google Summer of Code logo 2011

MediaWiki is participating in Google Summer of Code 2011.

  • Akshay Agarwal’s “Account Creation, Login Screens and AJAX-ification of everything” (mentor: Brandon Harris). Code, project status.
    The last task I accomplished: “Added source tracking functionality in the account creation API that I am building.”
    Something I’ve learned: “True learning can happen only in an open environment & with a highly supportive community.”
  • Kevin Brown’s “Working Archival for Web References/Citations,” “to facilitate the archival of external links used as references in the English Wikipedia” (mentor: Neil Kandalgaonkar). Code, project notes.
    The last task I accomplished: “Adding support for wget local archival, currently working on feed for external archival services.”
    Something I’ve learned: “Where do I start? A lot. I think the biggest thing is probably managing a large project and time management, which I still have a lot to learn on.”
  • Devayon Das’s “Improving Semantic Search/Semantic Query usability issues in SMW” (mentor: Markus Krötzsch). Code, project notes.
    The last task I accomplished: “Added RSS links to the results generated by the Query Creator interface I’m building.”
    Something I’ve learned: “A 30 second chat with a community member can save you 30 minutes of scratching your head in frustration.”
  • Ankit Garg’s “Semantic Schemas extension” (mentor: Yaron Koren). Code.
    The last task I accomplished: “I finished adding the inheritance support to the PageSchema XML structure.”
    Something I’ve learned: “I have a learned a great deal of PHP; also how to manage a huge project.”
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    "A 30 second chat with a community member can save you 30 minutes of scratching your head in frustration."


    Salvatore Ingala’s “AMICUS: Awesome Monolithic Infrastructure for Customization of User Scripts” (mentors: Max Semenik and Brion Vibber). Code, project notes.
    The last task I accomplished: “I made a prototypal user interface for editing preferences of an existing gadget, HotCat.”
    Something I’ve learned: “Unit testing is boooooring, but ends up saving you a lot of time!”
  • Yuvi Panda’s “Making Offline Wikipedia Article Selection Easier with Mediawiki Extensions” (mentor: Arthur Richards). Code, project.
    The last task I accomplished: “Filter articles based on name, quality and importance.”
    Something I’ve learned: “That spending time talking to everyone involved in the process from start to finish (devs, community maintainers, etc.) saves a truckload of time later on.”
  • Zhenya Vlasyenko’s “MediaWiki Extension: SocialProfile – UserStatus feature” (mentor: Jack Phoenix). Code.
    The last task I accomplished: “Internalization of the UserStatus feature with the help of the MakeGlobalVariablesScript hook.”
    Something I’ve learned: “I’ve found out for myself a new ways of data interaction between PHP and Javascript… Convinced that knowing some tricks and hooks can greatly save time.”

Aigerim Karabekova, who was working on extension release management, ran into several delays (including medical issues) and the project has been dropped. We’re glad she made the attempt and wish her the best.

Continued best wishes to Zhenya, Yuvi, Salvatore, Ankit, Devayon, Kevin, and Akshay as they work to make MediaWiki, and the Wikimedia experience, better.  We’re glad to be helping young developers learn how to contribute to our community.

Sumana Harihareswara
Wikimedia Foundation, Volunteer Development Coordinator

MediaWiki selects eight students for Google Summer of Code 2011

We received more than 25 proposals for this year’s Google Summer of Code, and several mentors put many hours into evaluating project ideas, discussing them with applicants, and making the tough decisions.  Our final choices, the Google Summer of Code students for MediaWiki for 2011:

  • Akshay Agarwal‘s “Account Creation, Login Screens and AJAX-ification of everything” (mentor: Brandon Harris)
  • Kevin Brown’s “Working Archival for Web References/Citations,” “to facilitate the archival of external links used as references in the English Wikipedia” (mentor: Neil Kandalgaonkar)
  • Devayon Das‘s “Improving Semantic Search/Semantic Query usability issues in SMW” (mentor: Markus Krötzsch)
  • Ankit Garg‘s “Semantic Schemas extension” (mentor: Yaron Koren)
  • Salvatore Ingala‘s “AMICUS: Awesome Monolithic Infrastructure for Customization of User Scripts” (mentors: Brion Vibber and Max Semenik)
  • Aigerim Karabekova‘s “Extension Release Management” (mentors: Sam Reed, Priyanka Dhanda, and Chad Horohoe)
  • Yuvi Panda‘s “Making Offline Wikipedia Article Selection Easier with Mediawiki Extensions” (mentor: Arthur Richards)
  • Zhenya Vlasyenko‘s “MediaWiki Extension: SocialProfile – UserStatus feature” (mentor: Jack Phoenix)

You’ll be hearing more about each of these projects in the next few weeks!

Congratulations to this year’s students, and thanks to all the applicants, as well as MediaWiki’s many mentors, developers who evaluated applications, and Google’s Open Source Programs Office.  The accepted students now have a month to ramp up on MediaWiki’s processes and get to know their mentors (the Community Bonding Period) and will start coding their summer projects on or before May 23rd.  As organizational administrator for MediaWiki’s GSoC participation, I’ll be keeping an eye on all eight students and helping them out.

Good luck!

Project ideas, students, and mentors wanted for Google Summer of Code

For the sixth year in a row, Wikimedia is participating in the Google Summer of Code program. Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is a program where Google pays summer students USD 5000 each to hack open source projects during the summer (read more).

Over time, MediaWiki has benefited from GSoC students and their projects. For example, Samuel Lampa’s 2010 RDF import/export extension in Semantic MediaWiki is in use. And Jeroen De Dauw, GSoC student in 2009 and 2010, is now a persistently contributing member of the MediaWiki community, as is Brian Wolff, 2010 GSoC student.

In the past, the administrative and management challenges of GSoC have been an extra task that take engineers’ time, and too often fell through the cracks. So this year, Rob Lanphier asked me to act as organizational administrator for MediaWiki’s involvement, via the Wikimedia Foundation.

I’m recruiting students to apply, getting project ideas, and managing the application process overall. Once we choose the students and they start ramping up and working, I will also help mentors manage their students and keep communication going, to make sure that every GSoC student’s project gets delivered and gets used!

We hope 2011′s students will develop useful chunks of MediaWiki (core, extensions, gadgets, scripts, or utilities), help us get their code shipped, and stay in the MediaWiki community afterwards.

This year’s ideas include writing and implementing cite templates in a PHP extension, improving the ImageTagging extension, XML dump work, pre-commit checks in our code repositories, and more. And of course we want to hear your own ideas, too! Interested?

University, community college, and graduate students around the world are eligible to apply to Google Summer of Code. You don’t need to be a computer science or IT major, and you can work from home.

We are looking for students who already know PHP. It’s also great if you have some experience with LAMP, MAMP, LAPP, or one of those kinds of stacks, and with the Subversion version control system. If you haven’t contributed to MediaWiki before, How to become a MediaWiki hacker is a good place to start.

If you’d like to participate, check out the timeline. Make sure you are available full-time from 23 May till 22 August this summer, and have a little free time from 25 April till 23 May for ramp-up.

If you’re interested, please sign up on our wiki page and start talking with us on IRC in #mediawiki on Freenode about a possible project! Then you can submit your proposal via the official GSoC website. The deadline for you to submit a project proposal is April 8th, but we encourage you to start early and talk with us about your idea first.

And, to repeat what Brion once said:

If you’re an experienced MediaWiki developer and would like to help out with selecting and mentoring student projects, please give us a shout! We’ll take you even if you live in the southern hemisphere. ;) We need folks who’ll be available online fairly regularly over the summer and are knowledgeable about MediaWiki — not necessarily knowing every piece of it, but knowing where to look so you can help the students help themselves.

We’re looking forward to hacking with you!

Sumana Harihareswara
MediaWiki Coordinator, GSoC 2011

Google Summer of Code conclusion

This past week marked this year’s conclusion of Google Summer of Code.  This has turned out to be a very successful year for us and we hope for the students as well.  Here are this year’s projects:
  • Extension management platform - Creating an awesome extension management platform for MediaWiki, facilitating the installation, updating, removal and configuration of extensions.  Student: Jeroen De Dauw, Mentor: Brion Vibber
  • Improve metadata support - Improve metadata support for uploaded media in MediaWiki by displaying embedded IPTC and XMP metadata.  Student: Brian Wolff, Mentor: Chad Horohoe
  • General RDF export/import in Semantic MediaWiki - Extend the import/export functionality of Semantic MediaWiki (SMW) to allow also full, general RDF import.  Student: Samuel Lampa, Mentor: Denny Vrandecic.
  • Javascript overhaul of Semantic MediaWiki – Improve and extend the Javascript for Semantic MediaWiki and some of its spinoff extensions, most notably Semantic Forms.  Student: Sanyam Goyal, Mentor: Yaron Koren
  • Wikisource Legal Tool - Creating a tool to format judicial decisions, legal scholarship, and statutes for Wikisource.  Student: Stephen LaPorte  Mentor: Ariel Glenn
  • Reasonably efficient interwiki template transclusion – allow MediaWiki users to insert (transclude) templates from a wiki to another on Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) wikis (Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, etc.).  Student: Peter Potrowl, Mentor: Roan Kattouw

More detailed information on all of these projects can be found on our GSoC 2010 projects page.  Also, Wikipedia Signpost is highlighting this work over the coming weeks, starting with a summary of Brian Wolff’s XMP metadata project.

Though not all projects were finished completely as specified, all were completed to a sufficient degree that we felt very comfortable passing all of the students, and all of the students produced code we’re very happy to have.  Note that there is no guarantee that anything here will get beyond the proof-of-concept stage.  However, we’re hopeful that much of this work will find broader adoption, and we’re looking forward to that.

We hope that all of the students stick around as MediaWiki contributors long after the summer is over.  Please join us in thanking them for their participation this year!

WMF announces our Google Summer of Code 2010 projects

Once again in 2010, Wikimedia Foundation is participating in Google Summer of Code.  I’m happy to announce that we’ve selected six students to participate this summer:

  • Extension management platform
    StudentJeroen De Dauw
    Mentor: Brion Vibber
    Goal: Creating an awesome extension management platform for MediaWiki, facilitating the installation, updating, removal and configuration of extensions. (student application)
  • Improve metadata support
    StudentBrian Wolff
    Mentor: Chad Horohoe
    Goal: Improve metadata support for uploaded media in mediawiki by displaying embedded IPTC and XMP metadata (student application)
  • General RDF export/import in Semantic MediaWiki
    Student: Samuel Lampa
    Mentor: Denny Vrandecic
    Goal: Extend the import/export functionality of Semantic MediaWiki (SMW) to allow also full, general RDF import. (student application)
  • Javascript overhaul of Semantic MediaWiki
    StudentSanyam Goyal
    Mentor: Yaron Koren
    Goal: Improve and extend the Javascript for Semantic MediaWiki and some of its spinoff extensions, most notably Semantic Forms – this would include transferring over much of the Javascript to use the jQuery library, which is now becoming a MediaWiki standard. (student application)
  • Wikisource Legal Tool
    StudentStephen LaPorte
    Mentor: Ariel Glenn
    Goal: Creating a tool to format judicial decisions, legal scholarship, and statutes for Wikisource. (student application)
  • Reasonably efficient interwiki template transclusion
    StudentPeter Potrowl
    Mentor: Roan Kattouw
    Goal: The aim is to allow MediaWiki users to insert (transclude) templates from a wiki to another on WikiMedia Foundation (WMF) wikis (Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, etc.). (student application)

We had an exceptional set of really great proposals this year, and an engaged mentor group helping with the selection process. It was both wonderful to have so many choices, and really sad that we couldn’t pick them all, but in the end, we had to narrow the list down. Our six slots represent 100% growth from previous years’ Summer of Code engagements and that’s a pretty exciting stretch.

To the students that weren’t selected: do know that we were inspired by the quality level of all of the proposals, and we had to turn down some really exceptional proposals. Please don’t be discouraged, and do consider us next year!

To the students selected: congratulations! Welcome aboard! We really look forward to working with you to make sure you are successful and have a great time in the process.

To everyone volunteering as a mentor who helped with the selection process: thank you for your effort and dedication! There was a lot to sort through, but I think we can all feel great that we have a group of very capable students on the case this year thanks to your work.

More detailed info available here.

Towards the Fun!

MediaWiki’s new discussion system in testing on Wikimedia Labs

I’m very excited to announce that LiquidThreads, the next-generation discussion system that I’ve spent the last few months developing for the Wikimedia Foundation, is now in beta testing on liquidthreads.labs.wikimedia.org.

Sample of the LiquidThreads interface

Sample of the LiquidThreads interface

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Google Summer of Code student projects accepted!

Reposting the announce from Roan’s wikitech-l mailing list post:

Yesterday, the selection of GSoC projects was officially announced. For MediaWiki, the following projects have been accepted:

  • Niklas Laxström (Nikerabbit), mentored by Siebrand, will be working on improving localization and internationalization in MediaWiki, as well as improving the Translate extension used on translatewiki.net
  • Zhe Wu, mentored by Aryeh Gregor (Simetrical), will be building a thumbnailing daemon, so image manipulation won’t have to happen on the Apache servers any more
  • Jeroen de Dauw, mentored by Yaron Koren, will be improving the Semantic Layers extension and merging it into the Semantic Google Maps extension
  • Gerardo Antonio Cabero, mentored by Michael Dale (mdale), will be improving the Cortado applet for video playback (I’m a bit fuzzy on the details for this one)

The official list with links to (parts of) the proposals can be found at the Google website; lists for other organizations can be reached through the list of participating organizations.

The next event on the GSoC timeline is the community bonding period, during which the students are supposed to get to know their mentors and the community. This period lasts until May 23rd, when the students actually begin coding.

Starting now and continuing at least until the end of GSoC in August, you will probably see and hear from the students on IRC and the mailing lists and hear about the projects they’re working on. To repeat the crux of an earlier thread on this list: be nice to these special newcomers, make them feel welcome and comfortable, and try not to bite them :)

To the mentors and students: have fun!

Roan Kattouw (Catrope)

Google Summer of Code student applications open for Wikimedia!

Google Summer of Code is now open for student applications!

We’ve had 5 submissions come in so far… don’t be shy! :) Also don’t be shy about hanging out on our mailing lists and IRC channels and getting feedback from other MediaWiki developers on your project ideas.

The more feedback you get, the better you can make your submission… and the awesomer the result will be!

The application period ends April 3, 2009 at 19:00 UTC — don’t be late!

(We could still use a couple more project mentors too…)

Google Summer of Code needs you… to mentor student projects!

We’re a mentoring organization for the Google Summer of Code again this year, and we’re dead set on making it our awesomest summer ever!

One key thing though is making sure that students and potential students have access to a mentor who can answer their questions and just help steer them into becoming an active member of our development community.

If you’re an experienced MediaWiki developer and would like to help out with selecting and mentoring student projects, please give us a shout! We’ll take you even if you live in the southern hemisphere. ;)

We need folks who’ll be available online fairly regularly over the summer and are knowledgeable about MediaWiki — not necessarily knowing every piece of it, but knowing where to look so you can help the students help themselves.

If you’re interested, don’t forget to apply soon! Student submissions will complete next week and we’ll need to start selecting then… (See Google’s FAQ on what mentorship organizations do and program eligibility.)

Google Summer of Code 2009

On 3/10/09 5:17 PM, Brion Vibber wrote:

I’ve just put in Wikimedia’s org application for Google Summer of Code 2009… Hopefully we’ll get in. :)

We’re officially in! Woo!

Student applications will open starting March 23, ending April 3. This intermediate week before applications open is a good time to chat us up with your ideas and try to pair up with potential mentors. :)