@NiharikaKohli I can give guidance and advice with regard to the math part and general concepts in software engineering. Geoshapes is not my area of expertise, and I do not see the relation to the other tasks. However, I guess that there are many different Geo-Formats and a lot of related works, for example in the context of SMW. Furthermore, I'm a bit concerned about the combination of tasks. I think a GSOC project should have a coherent and intrinsically interesting story and should not only be a combination of loosely related tasks until a certain amount of estimated workload is achieved.
@Physikerwelt, understood. The math formulas task alone was small to be a complete GSoC project, hence it seemed like a good idea to club it with other tasks. Overall, this seems like a useful GSoC project even if it doesn't have a single interesting story. If we can find another mentor who can provide guidance regarding the other tasks, then would you like to be a co-mentor?
This is a message sent to all Possible-Tech-Projects. The new round of Wikimedia Individual Engagement Grants is open until 29 Sep. For the first time, technical projects are within scope, thanks to the feedback received at Wikimania 2015, before, and after (T105414). If someone is interested in obtaining funds to push this task, this might be a good way.
I don't know if that's true. Right ascension is peculiar - it is typically given in time units (hours, minutes, seconds, and decimal beyond that). Formatting could turn a numerical value (number of seconds, say) into the right sort of string, but how do you handle data entry? Ideally we want somebody to be able to type in values as they find them in an astronomical table, which would be in the hours-minutes-seconds format, not a numeric number of seconds. Is there any proposal to create a data entry formatter that could do that sort of thing?
This is an Epic task with a lot of blockers. Does this as a whole fit the criteria for a 3 month GSoC '16/Outreachy internship ? or do the sub-tasks can be made into full-fledged candidates for Possible-Tech-Projects . Thoughts?
Note that a GSoC/Outreachy project should not take more than 2-3 weeks for a senior developer to complete