As every year, Google runs their Summer of
Code program, where contributors get the opportunity to become
part of Open Source communities. The SPDX Project has
participated in the program in a number of years in the past.
The way it works is that we publish project ideas and, if
selected, newcomers to open source express their interest in
them. The ones finally selected will spend their summer
writing code under the guidance of mentors from our project.
In order for contributors to join our community and help us,
we have to publish a set of ideas where help is needed!
Therefore, this is a plea for ideas
– and more importantly,
mentors who can guide the new contributors and help
them accomplish their projects!
Firstly, we are looking for project
ideas! Either small or large, either incremental
improvements to existing open source code or new pieces of
software; everything is welcome!
Please read the basics on
and then write a couple of lines on your great idea.
I’ve (hastily) created a special repo for
Feel free to create PRs with your ideas!
Perhaps even more important than ideas, we
are also looking for
mentors! Please get in contact via the repo if you are
willing to help new members become active participants to SPDX
this summer. Each project should have at least two mentors (a
primary and a secondary one) who will guide the contributors
in their journey.
Feel free to open an issue in the repo if
you want to discuss in more detail any of the above.
Looking forward to lots of participation!
PS. I’ve already added a project idea: help
on the spec generation from our model files.
Off the top of my head I can think of other
help with the website
- Legal: help
with license submission tools, help with bulk import from
other license lists
- Tech: help
with SPDXv3 implementation in Java, Go, etc.
But all these need mentors, otherwise they
cannot be realistically proposed.