Here is an example of a successful proposal from Evergreen's participation in the 2011 Google Summer of Code.
Name: Joseph Lewis
Email: [joehms22 gmail com]
IRC nick on Freenode: joseph_
Current course of study/major: Computer Science (Information Security specifically)
The problem I am proposing to solve comes from the wiki:
Here is what I proposed implementing:
This will not take up the entire time you get me however, there are some more configuration interface irregularities that should be cleaned up though, which I have added in to the timeline below:
I have also read some of Jakob Nielsen’s books on User Interface design/usability, and so have a somewhat better than average knowledge of what makes things easy for people to use.
I recently submitted a rather minor bugfix that makes osrf_ctl.sh smarter: https://bugs.launchpad.net/evergreen/+bug/741088
I have oftentimes come back from the library (several kinds city/school) disappointed because their systems are so archaic. The interfaces are difficult to navigate, doing common tasks seems difficult, and search results are oftentimes less useful than those brought up by Google. I have also sat next to librarians for days on end listening to the groans they have when their software doesn’t work. That is what makes me so excited about this project, (and I’ll still probably get involved if I don’t get accepted, although not to the same extent), open source software has the ability to be incredibly agile and bring modernity to institutions that are still central hubs of information in the world.