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Welcome to the gsoc2017 wiki, which will be the central hub of information about the R Project participation in the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) for 2017. Administrators are Toby Dylan Hocking <>, Brian Peterson <>, and Virgilio Gomez Rubio as a backup. Everyone who wants to participate in Google Summer of Code with R should

  • first please read the R-GSOC-FAQ and the Google FAQ so you know how GSOC works,
  • then join the low-traffic google group (when you sign up, make sure to write your GSOC project idea in the text box “You can send additional information to the manager by filling in the text box below” – we have a policy of rejecting applicants who leave it blank).

Overview of GSOC

In short, each student selected for a GSoC project will get paid to work on an R package for 3 months during the summer:

  • Mentors can add projects to give ideas to students.
  • Students should look at the list of projects to see if any project interests them. Before emailing project mentors, please do at least one project Test and post a link to your solution on the proposal’s wiki page. Then email the project mentors to express your interest, and describe any prior experience.
  • After opening communication with project mentors, each student must write an application with a detailed timeline, following our application template. Successful applications are shared with mentors for feedback before submission of a final application on Google.
  • Google will award a certain number of student slots to the R project.
  • The GSOC-R administrators and mentors will rank projects in order of application quality and importance to the R project, and the top projects will be funded.
  • Students get paid a stipend by Google for writing free/open-source R packages for 3 months during the summer.
  • Mentors get code written for their project, but no money.

Proposed Projects

See: table of proposed coding projects

Status and Timeline

Selected events from the official timeline:

When What
19 Jan - 9 Feb Org applications
20 Mar - 3 Apr Student applications
30 May - 29 Aug Student coding period
30 June Phase 1 evals
24 July Phase 2 evals
29 Aug - 5 Sep Final evals

Previous GSOC ideas and projects

2017 is the third GSOC for which will use GitHub to organize the R project participation in GSOC. Organization info for previous years can be found on the RGSOC2016 wiki.

Below is some LaTeX beamer code that may be useful for explaining R-GSOC.

\section{Google Summer of Code}

  \frametitle{Google Summer of Code (GSOC)}
  Student gets \$### for writing open source code for
  3 months.
  \item[Feb] \textbf{Admins} for open source organizations e.g. R,
    Bioconductor (MUGQIC?) apply to Google.
  \item[Mar] \textbf{Mentors} suggest projects for each org.\\
    \textbf{Students} submit project proposals to Google.\\
    Google gives funding for $n$ students to an org.
  \item[April] The top $n$ students get \$## and begin coding.
  \item[July] Midterm evaluation, pass = \$##.
  \item[Aug] Final evaluation, pass = \$##.
  \item[November] Orgs get \$##/student mentored.

  I have participated since 2012 as an \textbf{admin} and
  \textbf{mentor} for the R project.

  \frametitle{What makes a good GSOC project?}
  Coding projects should:
  \item Result in free/open-source software.
  \item Be 3 months of full time work for a student.
  \item Include writing documentation and tests.
  \item Not include original research.
  \item Mathieu/François can be \textbf{admins} for MUGQIC org.
  \item Robert/Dan can be \textbf{mentors} for a project to implement
    new features in Gemini.
  \item Any undergrad/master/PhD candidates (at McGill or not)
    can be \textbf{students}.