One of the goals of Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is to help turn students into long-term open source maintainers and contributors. I suspect we’ve managed this with our current batch of students, who have contributed to our projects across a broad range of topics, whether it was querying InterMine using natural language sentences, updating our search capabilities (both UIs and search backends), or adding new features to the InterMine python client.
From the start of the application process, our fabulous pool of applicants spent time interacting with each other and even helping each other out before anyone had been officially accepted. We received numerous PRs, tickets, and suggestions on our GitHub repos, and for this year we had returning GSoC mentors who previously had been students. It’s almost hard to believe we hadn’t participated before 2017, seeing all of the great work and enthusiasm GSoC brings, all while being able to pay students for their time and give them valuable work experience.
To wrap up this year’s great set of projects we had a community call [agenda & notes here] where our students presented their work in roughly 5 minute slots. You can catch up on each of the recorded presentations in our GSoC 2018 playlist, or here are direct links to each of the videos:
InterMine NLP – create InterMine queries by asking questions (Jake Macneal)
InterMine Data Browser Faceted Search tool (Adrián Rodríguez Bazaga)
Improving the InterMine Python Client (Nupur Gunwant)
InterMine Solr Search (Arunan Sugunakumar)
Buzzbang biological data search – Ankit Lohani
All our talented students deserve a massive round of applause for all the hard work they put in to this!