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Three Bioinformatics Groups among Mentors for Google Summer of Code


Google last week listed three bioinformatics projects among more than 160 mentoring organization for this summer's Google Summer of Code internship.

GSoC is a three-month Google-sponsored student internship program for open-source projects that is open to students from around the world. Participants receive a $5,000 stipend to develop an open-source project during the summer and are paired with mentors who are experienced developers from the project the intern contributes to.

This year's mentors in the bioinformatics area include the Open Bioinformatics Foundation, which will oversee BioPerl, BioPython, BioJava, BioRuby, BioSQL, BioLib, and BioDAS; the National Resource for Network Biology, which will oversee development of GenMAPP, Cytoscape, and WikiPathways; and the Organization for Genome Informatics, which is organizing the joint efforts of WormBase, Reactome, and GBrowse.

This will be OBF's second year as a GSoC mentor, and the first year for the other two groups.

Student applications are due on April 8 and accepted proposals will be announced on the GSoC 2011 site on April 25.

Among its goals, the program aims to create and release open source code; help open source projects identify and bring in new developers and committers; and give students more exposure to real-world software development scenarios.