Outreachy: A Path to Get Started in Open-Source

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What is Outreachy?

Outreachy is a program that provides paid twelve week remote internships to assist underrepresented groups in getting involved in open-source. From the Outreachy site: “Internships are open internationally to women (cis and trans), trans men, and genderqueer people. Additionally, they are open to residents and nationals of the United States of any gender who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latin, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander.” Applications for the next round open on February 16th.

How Cadasta Participates

The next round of Outreachy will be Cadasta’s 3rd participation and the 14th round over all. Previous projects we’ve had are:

    • Improvements to the Field Papers UI (Lindsey Jacks): Field Papers is a web application that allows people to print maps, annotate those maps and then upload them to be transcribed. The goal of this project was to condense the interface to one page and make it more user friendly.
    • Improve Testing for Cadasta Platform (KMH Perera): This project is creating automated Selenium test scripts to be able to test again any Cadasta platform. When completed this will help reduce the role of manual testing on Cadasta.
  • Create PDFs for Printing from Project Schema (Kavindya Prashadi Bandara): Currently most users of Cadasta are using mobile phones to collect data. This project creates printable forms to be used for paper data collection, giving people more options on how they can collect their data.

Lindsey Jacks’ has since joined Cadasta’s development team full-time. She has reflected on her internship here.