If you are interested in recruiting excellent students and have an idea for an informatics/computer science open source project focused on evolutionary biology and bioinformatics, please read on !
This also includes any ideas involving Jalview ! Most of Jalview’s RNA capabilities have been added through google summer of code projects. This year, I’d be particularly interested in projects that involve extending Jalview’s datamodel to properly support taxonomic annotation based multiple alignment analysis, and extending Jalview’s complement of built-in and JABAWS based phylogenetic analysis capabilities.
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As you made have heard, the Google Summer of Code  is on again for 2014! NESCent is again putting together an application as an organization. Participating as an organization is very competitive, and a good suite of project ideas are a critical part of our application.
This is official call for project ideas. If you have an idea for a project, please post your idea here for discussion and start an outline on the wiki . Take a look at our guidelines for writing project ideas . This year, we want to focus PhyloSoC on community building. This is motivated by the impending end of the NESCent center grant, which means this may be the last year that NESCent can be the org admin for PhyloSoC. (I know, boo).
What do we mean by “focus on community building?”. As an umbrella org, I think our students often feel that they are working with only with their mentors and have little connection with other mentors and students in PhyloSoC. Jim and I think we can improve this by suggesting project ideas that involve active communities of developers, by suggesting ideas that link multiple projects (think interoperability!), by selecting students enthusiastic about phyloinformatics who are likely to continue in the field, and by changing some of our communication methods to better engage students. Suggestions are, of course, always welcome.
If you have any questions, ask here or on the G+ community page .
Here’s to another fun and productive Phyloinformatics Summer of Code!
Karen & Jim
Karen Cranston, PhD Training Coordinator and Informatics Project Manager [nescent.org](http://nescent.org) @kcranstn [http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4798-9499](http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4798-9499)