SPDX in GSoC 2023!

Alexios Zavras

Hi everyone!


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 https://google.github.io/gsocguides/mentor/defining-a-project-ideas-list.html and then write a couple of lines on your great idea.


I’ve (hastily) created a special repo for all this: https://github.com/spdx/GSoC

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!


-- zvr


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 ideas like:

  • Outreach: 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.


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Congratulations to spdx for being accepted into GSoC 2023 as an organisation!

I'm Rahul and I would love to contribute to fixing manifest parsers for the SPDX generator. I've gone through the resources available on https://github.com/spdx/GSoC have also been lurking around the project and it seems interesting.

Although I couldn't find any good-first-issues to start with, but I'll try to take a stab at triaging the other issues!

PS: Do suggest if I'm missing anything else to start with.




Hello all,
Akshat this side.
It's great to see SPDX again in the GSoC 2023!
I am looking to contribute to Specification Generator
I have gone through the SPEC Parser repository. Kindly help me get started with contributing to it.