Google Summer of Code

Google Summer of Code is an annual program in which Google sponsor students to write code for open source projects, for three months over the (Northern hemisphere) summer. The Foundation is proud to be a part of the program again in 2012, and is mentoring two students:

  • György Kovács is working on a reimplementation of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature analysis, mentored by Nick Levine of Ravenbrook Limited.
  • Jeremy Wang is building a web visualisation system for climate datasets, in particular GISTEMP/ccc-gistemp, mentored by Nick Barnes.

In 2011 the Foundation took part in the program for the first time, with great success. We mentored three students, all of whom succeeded in their project goals and presented them at academic gatherings.

  • Hannah Aizenman started development of the ‘Common Climate Project’, mentored by Jason Smerdon and Kevin Anchukaitis at Columbia and Julien Emile-Geay at USC.
  • Filipe Fernandes worked on ccc-gistemp packaging, NumPy integration, and visualisation, mentored by David Jones.
  • Daniel Rothenberg developed a Python version of the GHCN homogenization algorithms, mentored by Nick Barnes.

For each successful project, the student receives a stipend of USD 5000, and the mentoring organisation receives an honorarium of USD 500. The Foundation is very grateful to Google for its support of our work.

Blog posts relating to Summer of Code activities, including guest posts by the students, are tagged gsoc.