A final wrap up of the Google Summer of Code project: Trajectory Analysis in R can be found in RPubs here.
Trajectory analysis has a wide range of applications in various fields such as geoscience and social science. Use cases span across mobile phone users (see image below) e.g. for commuting analysis, ship and flight paths or animal tracking. With the avalanche of GPS-annotated data in the past few years capturing such data became much easier, so today there is a need for tools that are specifically tailored for analyzing large-scale trajectory data (example).
R, as a software environment for statistical computing and graphics, has been favored by researchers from various disciplines for its free access, rich statistical methods, and easy-to-share features. However, the classes and methods specifically developed for trajectory analysis are limited and domain-orientated in R. This project intends to address this issue by implementing and improving generic classes and methods for trajectory analysis. (more…)
52°North is pleased to welcome the following students to work with us closely this summer on four Google Summer of Code projects!
- Mohammad Ahmed Hamed Yakoub (from Cairo, Egypt) will tackle the ” Open Sensor Search” project (Sensor Web Community) and implement a one stop shop for finding sensor data.
- Khalid Alqinyah (from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) will spend the summer working on the “52°North Processing Server Admin Interface” (Geoprocessing Community) and transfer the current HTML/JSP approach to a modern and flexible web application framework.
- Patrick Noble (from San Luis Obispo, CA, USA) will make seismic data from a variety of different sources available through the SOS in the “Seismic Data Modeling in SOS” (Sensor Web Community) project.
- Jinlong Yang (From State College, PA, USA) will implement and/or improve generic classes, methods and tools for handling and analyzing large-scale trajectory data with R in the “Trajectory Analysis in R” (Geostatistics Community).
The community bonding period has just begun. During this time, students get to know their mentors, read documentation, get up to speed to begin working on their projects. Programming will start mid-June. We really look forward to working with them on these exciting projects! Expect a few blog posts by every student and find out more about the projects in the wiki.
The whole Google Summer of Code program received 5999 proposals from 4,144 students for 177 mentoring organizations (source). 52°North received 17 proposal submissions (2012: 35 – which is related to Google significantly reducing the number of proposals allowed per student). We at 52°North are extremely happy that, same as last year, we received four slots and were able to match them with four promising students to work on challenging projects across three communities!
52°North is thrilled to announce that it has been chosen the second year in a row to be a mentoring organization for the Google Summer of Code 2013 (GSoC)! The Google Summer of Code is a global program that offers students stipends to write code for open source projects. Google pays the stipend recipient $ 5.000,- for 3 months of software development for 52°North. A mentor from a 52°North partner organization supervises the student during this period.
As such, we now look for students who are interested in writing code for various 52°North projects. If you are interested in writing code for software developed by the 52°North communities, please have a look at https://wiki.52north.org/bin/view/Projects/GSoC2013.
Student Application opens on April 22, 2012 at 19:00 UTC – but the discussion can start right now!
This summer, flip bits not burgers with 52°North!
Any questions? Please contact Jan Schulte (email@example.com) or join us at *irc.freenode.net* *#52north*.