The Apache Software Foundation

Meritocracy in Action.

A comprehensive guide to being the GSoC admins for the ASF

List of duties:

  1. Make sure the ASF has an extensive list of project ideas ready shortly after Google announces the program (around end of January). Projects are required to create JIRA issues for their ideas and label them with "gsoc<year>" and "mentor". If a project doesn't use JIRA, have them create the ideas in the COMDEV JIRA project. Create a JIRA filter for these ideas to be used in the application (see next). Have prospective mentors subscribe to The following is an email sent to pmcs@a.o explaining the procedures to them:
Hello PMCs,

Google Summer of Code is the ideal opportunity for you to attract new
contributors to your projects.

If you want to participate with your project you now need to

 - understand what it means to be a mentor [1]
 - propose your project ideas. Just label your issues with gsoc2011 in JIRA and
   they will show up at [2]. See also [1].
 - subscribe to (restricted to potential mentors, meant to be used
   as a private list - general discussions on the public list as much as possible please)

The ASF has applied as a participating organization with GSoC, your project
doesn't need to do that. See [3] for more information. Note that the ASF isn't
accepted yet, nevertheless you *really* should start recording your ideas now.

Last year we had 39 students completing GSoC successfully, some of which are
now active contributors to the projects they worked on. Let's make this a
success again this year!

On behalf of the GSoC 2011 admins,


  1. Update our GSoC pages at with the current year's timeline and at

  2. Apply for the ASF to be a mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code. I faintly remember that they wanted to know some stats like how often we have already participated and what the number of students was last year. I believe the ASF has participated sine GSoC's inception in 2005. In 2011 we had students accepted: 40; students who passed midterm: 38; students who passed final: 36.

  3. Once our application is accepted, write a press release and request press@ to send it out. We don't have a template yet but work with th and lists to get one written and add it here.

  4. Check with Google whether they changed the ranking process -- again. Find out what needs to be changed to our internal ranking process in order to be compatible with melange and update accordingly. In 2011 we used a Google Docs spreadsheet and did our ranking there. The org admin (and only the org admin) then transferred the rankings to Melange.

  5. Once the application phase starts, make sure that mentors rank the proposals. They should be done at least one week before Google's official deadline in order to have some time for changes that might become necessary. Send reminders.

  6. Once Google has assigned our slots and we know who is accepted mail each mentee with details of list which can be used for general assistance with the ASF, project specific assistance should be sought on the project list. We don't have a template for this yet. Please add it here when one is written.

  7. Once GSoC is under way, make sure that deadlines for midterm and final evaluations are met. Make it clear to the mentors that we'd like to see their evaluation way before the end of the deadline. If a mentor still hasn't submitted their evaluation three days before the end of the deadline, mail the respective PMC and ask them whether they know of any reason why the mentor might not be able to do the evaluation.

  8. Issue a press release congratulating those who have passed and thanking our wonderful mentors. We should invite everyone to come and contribute to ASF projects. We don't have a template yet but work with th and lists to get one written and add it here.

  9. Once GSoC is done, get a PO# from Google to invoice against. Supplier name is The Apache Software Foundation, 1901 Munsey Drive, Forest Hill, MD 21050-2747. Our vendor ID with Google is 13039.

  10. Issue a press release congratulating those who have passed and thanking our wonderful mentors. We should invite everyone to come and contribute to ASF projects. We should include some stats such as the number of full committers resulting from GSoC, the number of issues closed etc. We don't have a template yet but work with th and lists to get one written and add it here.

  11. Decide on who is going to the mentor summit. If you are going, book your flight and nag the comdev PMC chair to submit your travel expenses to financials/Bills/received (if you don't have access yourself) and move them to financials/Bills/approved.

  12. Ask treasurer to invoice Google. The amount is number of students * USD 500 (at time of writing) + actual travel expenses up to USD 2,000. Attach PO document (you'll get that from Google at some point). Example:


please invoice Google the following, according to attached purchase order:

40x Google Summer of Code 2011 mentor stipends for 40 student á USD 500.00 = USD 20,000.00
1x travel expenses for mentor summit participant Noirin Plunkett = USD 743.70 (see [1], [2], [3])
1x travel expenses for mentor summit participant Ulrich Stärk = EUR 834.03 = USD 1190,91 @1.4279
USD/EUR as of 2011/08/09 (see [4] and [5])

PO# is 132387, vendor ID is 13039

The payment process to follow is:

Payment Process - Step Two

Once you receive your Purchase Order via email, you can then bill Google for your mentoring
organization's payment. In order to receive payment, please send a PDF invoice to
and cc on the message.

Your invoice *must* include the following information:

   1. Name and address of your organization - official letterhead is preferred if available, must
match supplier enrollment
   2. Line(s) stating what the money is for e.g. "For mentoring 3 Google Summer of Code students for
the Foo project"
   3. It is likely most useful to simply mirror the wording on the Purchase Order you receive
   4. If you have purchased flights for the mentor summit, invoice only for the amount paid for
airfare or driving mileage (55 cents/mile, locals only)
         1. Amount of payment in USD
         2. Your invoice MUST include the PO#.
         3. Your invoice MUST be dated after the issue date of your PO number

Google has to receive the PDF invoice by November 4th, 2011 and it has to include PDF copies of our
actual travel expenses, i.e. [2],[3],[4] and [5].