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Since 2005, GSoC has congregated lot of students in distinct IT projects related to free software. So it’s a must to thank Google that great contribution. Ah Google… that angel that supports developments and important events related to FLOSS… and that evil that is so secret about its internal technologies or manages so much personal info about so many people in the planet.

This year, Ander Pijoan, a student from Deusto university resident in Sopelana, has taken part in it with a free software project that relations Marble and OpenStreetMap. Marble is inside KDE who, this summer, has been the biggest participating organization: fifty-nine out of mind-boggling sixty projects have been completed successfully.

Q. Could you explain shortly what are the key subjects of your project?

For people who don’t know Marble, it is an educational tool that creates a virtual globe or world atlas to know more about the earth and also gives the possibility to use its libraries in other applications.

The globe’s look can be changed between many different thematic maps such as a satellite map, a 1689 historical map, a classic topographic map or an OpenStreetMap data based map. All these maps are created by downloading some background images (called “tiles”) for different zoom levels and some little vector data for important placemarks like cities, country borderlines,…

Q. How was the process of being elected to participate in GSoC’2012?

The process was quite simple. Between March and April students can submit their proposals, describing what would they do in one of the participating open source organizations. Some organizations already have a list of interesting projects that would fit a GSoC from where students can choose from. In my case, I read about the need for vector rendering in one of KDE’s blog entry written by Torsten Rahn.

Once I sent my proposal, the organization and Google had to discuss in the background and approve all the projects. During that time period I was quite nervous about the result because I didn’t know if my proposal was what they were looking for or it might be too ambitious for just a two month coding and they might discard it. I got more relaxed when some people interested in my project sent me some comments about it and showed their support.

The 23rd of April I received the good news. I was chosen to work with KDE in 2012’s Google Summer of Code.

Q. Regarding your mentors, who are they, and how were you “drawing the working plans”?

My mentor was Dennis Nienhüser, also known as Earthwings in Marble community. He has worked a lot coding for Marble and knows almost everything about Marble’s inside structure and how things work in it.

Although each student only has one mentor, there were lots of people from the community I could ask things to and I think that’s the best part of working in an open source project. We had great meetings every two weeks through Marble’s IRC channel [ #marble ] where all Marble’s GSoC students and mentors got together. I met also Torsten Rahn (Tackat) who also has developed a lot in Marble, Idis, Shentey, Cezar and Javi who were always ready to help and answer our questions.

Every meeting, each of the students had our turn to tell what we had been working on, the problems we had to face and which where the plans for the next weeks. In the end we all helped each other because some of our projects had tasks in common.

Q. Do you participate in any local FLOSS group? tell us about it.

I still work with Marble’s community in order to keep my project updated with the latest changes and to tell people who want to know how my code works. There’s an OpenStreetMap data server with smaller size tiles that will be up and running in little time and we hope to use it in Marble as soon as it is available.

Also I am currently working a lot with the OpenStreetMap community developing a tool called Cat2Osm that extracts all the useful data from the Spanish Cadastre Database to OpenStreetMap in order to be used in several research projects and to improve OSM data.

And I’d really like to meet the people I worked with at the GSoC; if everything goes on well, maybe it will be possible by next year’s summer in the Akademy 2013 wherever it is.

Q. And to finish, what would you say to other students in relation to GSoC and FLOSS?

I would encourage them to see what the organizations need, choose the one they like most and send their proposals for GSoC. They will learn to work in a big project and side by side with people in other parts of the world. Initially it might seem a bit hard and of course sometimes they will get stuck but they have all the support and power a big user community gives. Don’t hesitate to ask the community for answers because in the end they are the ones that are going to use what you build. And of course, above all, to enjoy the experience.

Thanks a lot, and hope you’ll go on collaborating with amazing projects as Marble and OSM are.

Thanks to you too for giving me the opportunity to tell people what the GSoC experience has meant to me, what we are currently working on and for spreading the FLOSS knowledge.

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Al igual que hace tres años, en este 2011 celebraremos un interesante encuentro sobre software libre en el marco de launiversidad. El SLUN, Software Librea UNibertsitatean, pretende ser un evento referente que aúna los trabajos en torno al software libre y la docencia que se llevan a cabo en Mondragon unibertsitatea, la UPV/EHU y Deusto.

El día elegido para este SLUN’11 será el 16 de diciembre en el campus de Donostia. Podéis seguir las novedades y, por supuesto, apuntaros al Call for Papers en la web del evento.

Ah, pero no acaba aquí la cosa: además este año contamos con un previo más que interesante, ya que la MoodleMoot Spain’11 se celebrará también en Donostia los días 14 y 15 de diciembre.

Sin duda, dos eventos “de obligada asistencia” para los y las eghost-kides e itsas-kides, y mucha más gente que continúa mirando al software libre con buenos ojos, porque esto no va de modas sino de carrera de fondo. La ética del conocimiento compartido y materializado en código libre es un camino a continuar con ganas, ya que lleva una dirección interesante: mejorar con el tiempo, y generar más programas con toda la libertad para todas las personas.

Agradecer la colaboración a los patrocinadores (pronto les veremos en el cartel), a la vicegerencia de TICs de la UPV/EHU, y cómo no, a todas las personas de las tres universidades que con su esfuerzo y su tiempo libre harán posible el encuentro SLUN’11.

Elkar ikusiko dugu Donostian MoodleMoot+SLUN ekitaldian. Parte hartu!

 

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El próximo miércoles 2 de marzo, a las 19:30, tendrá lugar en el Hika Ateneo de Bilbao otra sesión mensual de Hackteneo. En esta ocasión contaremos con un miembro del colectivo italiano Ippolita quien, en su gira por distintas ciudades del estado, nos hará una exposición de su libro “El lado oscuro de Google” del que ya hablé hace un par de meses.

Además de las implicaciones a nivel personal, ¿existen organizaciones locales a las que les pueda interesar una charla así? Quizás un caso significativo -por naturaleza y tamaño- de googlelización sea la universidad de Deusto. También en estos últimos meses he podido percibir que en en distintos departamentos y organismos del Gobierno Vasco soplan vientos googlelizantes. Y justamente la semana pasada txipi nos anunciaba una quedada del nuevo GTUG bilbaíno para el sábado pasado.

Desde el punto de vista del software libre valoro a Google como “una de cal y otra de arena”. Vivan el Android, el GSoC, su blog sobre el Open Source, o las esponsorizaciones de eventos potentes de software libre, claro que sí, cómo no. Pero puestos a elegir, aplaudo mucho antes a un modelo de tipo WordPress, que además de ofrecer sus servicios en su plataforma (ya sea gratis o no), proporciona otra alternativa en la que cede libremente el código para que en la comunidad podamos aprender, mejorarlo, traducirlo, y hacerlo correr sobre máquinas en las que tenemos el dominio total. Y encima va y se hace fundación para que no tengamos los problemas de fagocitación habidos con Oracle (mysql, java, virtualbox) y “habibles” con la reciente alianza de Microsoft y Nokia (qt).

Dicho de otra forma, la tan manida “independencia tecnológica” en base a los postulados de Stallman, versus el “muy bueno, muy bonito y muy barato” de Google.

En cualquier caso, a pesar del tono del anuncio, creo que en la charla del miércoles la cosa no va de poner a caldo a Google, sino más bien de reflexionar entre todos y todas acerca de cuáles son sus grandes valores y aciertos, y también dónde están los límites. En resumen, un debate muy adecuado para un ateneo en el que pensar y debatir de forma colectiva, donde conocer otros puntos de vista que nos puedan enriquecer.

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Behin eta berriro Deustuko e-ghost taldeak udako kurtsoak antolatzen ditu. Gaurko gai teknologikoei buruzko kurtso eta hitzaldi asko, ezaugarri libre nabargarri batekin. Aipatu behar da aurtengo edizioa bederatzigarrena dela, eta urteetan zehar pertsona askok ekin die kurtsoei kementsuki (badakigu horrelako saraoak antolatzeak denbora luze daramala), oso edukiera eguneratuekin, beti askatasun teknologikoaren eskuz, eta beti dohainik. Mila esker zuei guztioi.

Oraindik norbaiten bat apuntatzeko badago, prest egin dezala: bihartxe bertan hasiko dira eta, heldu zaidanen informazioaren arabera, 100 lagun baino gehiago daude kutsoren batean.

Zorionak e-ghost!

  • Organiza: e-ghost
  • Lugar: Universidad de Deusto – ESIDE
  • Fechas: del 1 al 18 de septiembre
  • Precio: gratuitos
  • Para ver los cursos y charlas y apuntarte entra aquí.

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