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Welcome to the 2022 SPDX Google Summer of Code Project Page

See the proposal template if you are interested in submitting a Google Summer of Code proposal.

Should you have questions please do not hesitate to contact one of the mentors directly.



What is SPDX ?

First and foremost we are a community dedicated to solving the issues and problems around Open Source licensing and compliance. The SPDX work group (part of the Linux Foundation) consists of individuals, community members, and representatives from companies, foundations and organizations who use or are considering using the SPDX standard. The work group operates much like a meritocratic, consensus-based community project; that is, anyone with an interest in the project can join the community, contribute to the specification, and participate in the decision-making process. We come from many different backgrounds including open source developers, lawyers, consultants and business professionals, many of who have been involved with license compliance and identification for years.

As part of this effort we have developed a set of collateral that can be used:

Why choose an SPDX Project?

Contributing to one of the SPDX projects below will provide a valuable contribution to developers and/or users of open source software. We believe you will find the projects both technically challenging and rewarding. In essence we believe you will be able to look back one day and I say I was part of that effort.


Getting Involved

Beyond working with your mentor(s) we highly encourage students who select one of these projects to get involved with the SPDX community via our technical working group. Interaction with the technical team is primarily done via its mailing list and on gitter (see resources). There is however a weekly call you could join as well. .

Resources

Ideas for 2022 Projects

SBOM Conformance Checker

The goal of this project is to create a simple tool that checks whether an SBOM (in SPDX format) conforms to the minimum elements guidance from NTIA for an SBOM (https://www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/publications/sbom_minimum_elements_report.pdf).

Technologies

TBD

Duration

This will probably be a short project. It might be extended to a long project if it's integrated with the existing SPDX handling tools (e.g., the Validation tool).

Mentors

TBD

Update of Java SPDX libraries to handle latest spec

Since the specification has evolved and a newer version is expected to be published right before the timeframe of the project, it would be useful to have the standard Java libraries capable of handling the latest spec.

Technologies

Java; see https://github.com/spdx/Spdx-Java-Library

Duration

This will probably be a short project.

Mentors

TBD

Update of Go SPDX libraries to handle latest spec

Since the specification has evolved and a newer version is expected to be published right before the timeframe of the project, it would be useful to have the standard Go libraries capable of handling the latest spec.

Technologies

Go; see https://github.com/spdx/tools-golang

Duration

This will probably be a short project.

Mentors

TBD


Update of Python SPDX libraries to handle latest spec

Since the specification has evolved and a newer version is expected to be published right before the timeframe of the project, it would be useful to have the standard Python libraries capable of handling the latest spec.

Technologies

Python; see https://github.com/spdx/tools-python

Duration

This will probably be a short project.

Mentors

TBD


Private license management system

A web-based system for managing license texts; similar to the SPDX License List but oriented towards other private collections of licenses.

Technologies

Python (any framework) for the back-end; JavaScript (any framework) for the minimal front-end.

Duration

This can be either a short project, implementing only the basic functionality; or a long one, extending the functionality and automation.

Mentors

Alexios Zavras; more TBD

More Information

The goal of the project would be to create a simple web application for people to upload license texts and automatically create a license repository. The initial rough "functional specifications" describe it as mainly an input form, where the information is entered. There will be some automatic processing (e.g., canonicalization, duplicate avoidance, etc.), a review/approval (and naming) step, and then publishing in a specified format.

It should be noted that the specification is not yet finalized regarding naming namespaces, way to publish licenses, etc. If the SPDX project has already advanced in these definitions, this project will obviously implement the decisions taken.

SBOM combiner

Details to be added later.


More to come...

Mentors: please fill out the following template for any projects you wish to propose.

=== Project Name ===
add overview of project here
====Skills Needed====
what skills should the student have to do the coding exercises
====Duration===
whether this is a short or a long project
====Background Information====
context for the project and references to be studied
====Available Mentors====
list individuals who are willing to mentor and provide information about the project proposal.

Historical info

GSOC/PastProjectIdeas