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Record number of student applications for Google Summer of Code, and 48 for DBpedia Spotlight

April 11, 2012

This year Google’s Summer of Code has “had a record 6,685 student proposals from 4,258 students submitted to this year’s 180 participating mentoring organizations.” DBpedia Spotlight is participating this year for the first time. We were thrilled to watch and interact with prospective students as 48 applications gradually showed up in the system, culminating with an almost chaotic number of applications on the last day. 

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Chart based on a spreadsheet kindly shared by Olly.

Excluding proposals that we considered spam (incomplete, copy+paste, unrelated, etc.), about 30 applications remained, including “ok”, “good”, “very good” and several “amazing” ones! Google will announce later today how many students we will get, based on their available budget. But I can already tell you that it will be a tough choice for us!

The most popular ideas were Topical Classification and Hadoop-based Indexing, followed by Internationalization, Spotting and Disambiguation. Surprisingly, we got far fewer “obvious combination” proposals than we expected — that is, proposals combining ideas that we thought would be perfect matches. Many students really put time into understanding the system and our ideas, and we were generally quite impressed with everybody’s interest and energy. Some students also went the extra mile and combined their ideas with ours. Overall, a really exciting summer is already rising above the horizon for us!

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