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== Introduction ==
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'''We believe that this is a powerful idea:''' that ''everyone is a creator,'' and that creativity and understanding ''improve when they are shared.''  [[Open source]] software is part of this; [[content|open content]] is another.
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'''We believe that this is a powerful idea:''' that ''everyone is a creator,'' and that creativity and understanding ''improve when they are shared.''  [[Open source]] software is part of this; [[content|Open content]] is another.
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The '''Summer of Content program (SoCon)''' is a way for us to ''turn this belief into action.'' We are focusing on summers in the southern hemisphere as much as in the north; on local creation in developing nations; and on providing an outlet for creators devoting energy to freely licensed content and for organizations that want to support this creation.
The '''Summer of Content program (SoCon)''' is a way for us to ''turn this belief into action.'' We are focusing on summers in the southern hemisphere as much as in the north; on local creation in developing nations; and on providing an outlet for creators devoting energy to freely licensed content and for organizations that want to support this creation.
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* We are '''currently running''' a Northern [[Summer of Content 2007]] session from '''August 10 to September 24.''' This page also has more general information applicable to all SoCon sessions in general.  [[Talk:Summer of Content 2007|(discuss)]]
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* We are also planning a '''Southern Summer of Content''', with projects running from December 2007 to February 2008. [[Talk:Summer of Content#Summer of Content 2007|(discuss)]]
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== Frequently asked questions ==
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==== What is SoCon? ====
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See the original proposal on [http://wikieducator.org/Summer_Of_Content_Funding_Proposal Wikieducator] and some first ideas about the first round at [[Summer of Content 2007/Archive]], and [[Talk:Summer of Content|add your own thoughts]] to the mix.
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==== Why is this important? ====
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We're lowering the barriers to participation in free culture and open content development, making it easier for everyone - including demographics that have traditionally been underrepresented in the open content world, such as non-technical people or residents of developing countries - to participate. We're not just building content, we're building an entire ecosystem - a ''community'' of content. [[Summer of Content#Isn this just Summer of Code... for content?|This item]] on the [[Summer of Content#FAQ|FAQ]] has a more detailed explanation.
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==== Isn this just Summer of Code... for content? ====
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Yes and no.
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The [[Summer of Content]] program draws much of its inspiration from the [http://code.google.com/soc/2007/ Google Summer of Code] program, but aside from focusing on content rather than code, there are a few key differences:
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* '''We're aiming for the inverse demographic.''' The Summer of Code program has [http://code.google.com/soc/2005/map.html traditionally attracted] a large number of individual students with technical backgrounds from the developed world. By making our stipend $500 instead of $5000 and allowing teams to apply together, we're hoping to attract an even larger number of collaborating creators from the developing world - including non-students and people with non-technical backgrounds.
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* '''"Content" doesn't just mean Content.''' We're aiming to nurture a self-supporting networked ecosystem of projects. In other words, in addition to more traditional content-production projects (write a book, curate an encyclopedia, compose a piece of music, etc) there will be ''meta-content'' projects - for instance, accessibility and documentation projects with interns whose jobs will be to publicize, disseminate, and make other SoCon projects more accessible to various populations, as well as event/testing projects with interns whose jobs will be to run Test [[Jams]] and other local free culture conferences/events to get feedback to other SoCon creators about the work they're producing. Other types of projects will also be encouraged, but the important point to note is that SoCon is not just about the creation of open content, but instead about making that content useful and accessible and therefore used for Awesome purposes by the rest of the world.
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* '''Projects designed for people, not organizations.''' Unlike the Summer of Code program, interns do not go directly to individual mentoring organizations to apply. Instead, they post the projects they'd like to work on, and the mentors ''come to them.'' We hope this will encourage more freedom and creativity in project proposal and selection - we think it'll help us sponsor a few ideas that wouldn't otherwise have been suggested.
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==== This stipends seems mighty small. ====
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And that wasn't a question.  It all depends on what you are used to &mdash; we are not trying to match student salaries for the developed world, but rather to provide a large number of competitive stipends for contributors in the developing world.
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=== Internships ===
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==== Am I eligible to apply? ====
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"On pense que c'est une idée forte :" que "tout le monde soit créateur," et que cette créativité et compréhension "s'améliorent quand partagées." Nous nous se concentrons sur les étés aussi bien dans l'hémisphère Sud que dans l'hémisphère Nord; sur la création locale dans les pays en développement; et à fournir des débouchés aux créateurs qui se seront engagés énergiquement pour librement autorisé des contenu et pour les organisations qui veulent appuyer cette création.
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Probably. You don't have to be a student, live in a particular area, speak a particular language, or have a particular degree. You ''do'' need to be eligible to work in the country you will be residing in during the time of the Summer session. Certain mentor organizations may have their own restrictions; if you're interested in working with a specific mentor organization, [[Summer of Content mentors|check with them.]]
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See the [[Summer of Content interns]] for information.
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Details for Summer of Content 2008 are still forthcoming. We're working on a separate wiki for SoCon applications, which should launch mid-March. In the meantime, if you have proposals for projects, put them at [[Summer of Content 2008 Proposals]], and we'll port them to the new wiki and notify you when the site is up if you give us a way to get in touch with you (wiki user talk pages are great).
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Join the [http://groups.google.com/group/summer-of-content mailing list] to get updates and announcements.
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For the summer pilot, each mentor organization is sponsoring its own interns. This means that if you are accepted, your mentor organization will arrange payment with you individually.
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Stipends are $500 for the [[Summer of Content 2007]] session. This amount holds regardless of how many people are on a team. You may propose a larger budget in your application if you wish, but it is ultimately up to the mentor organizations to decide which proposals to accept and fund.
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Des détails sur le contenu de l'été 2008 vont encore venir. On a travaillé a séparé wiki pour les applications SoCon, qui commencerait Mi-Mars. Entre temps, si vous avez des propositions de projets, mettez les à [[Summer of Content 2008 Proposals]], et on les postera au nouveau wiki et vous notifiez quand le site sera prêt, donc si pourriez-vous nous donnez un moyen de rester en contact avec vous (les pages wiki pour les utilisateur sont bien).
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* An initial stipend of $100 at project start
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* $200 at mid-term check in if progress is satisfactory, as determined by progress reports
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* $200 at project end if progress is satisfactory, as determined by progress reports
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Groups can apply (and indeed, are highly encouraged to apply) to share a stipend. Since one of the goals of the Summer of Content program is to reach as many people as possible, some mentors may give additional weight to teams with multiple people.
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The Summer of Content 2007 completed successfully!  Thank you to everyone who helped and contributed!
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=== Mentorships ===
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See [[Summer of Content 2007 History]] and [[Summer of Content 2007]] for more information about the 2007 program.
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==== I want to be a mentor!  Where do I sign up?  ====
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Add your name and a description about yourself to the [[Summer of Content mentors|mentors]] page - this is the first step.  A full mentor application should include filling out details of what projects you have experience with, what organizations you are with, and how much time you have for mentoring (we understand this may vary with how closely interns you are matched with work on your active projects). 
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Le contenu de cet été 2007 a été complété avec succès ! Merci à tous ceux qui ont contribué !
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Preference will be given to mentors with experience, or those from sponsoring/mentoring organizations.  Successful mentors will be matched with one or more interns who share their interests, and expected to review their midterm and final reports.
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Voir [[Summer of Content 2007 History]] et [[Summer of Content 2007]] pour plus d'information sur le programme 2007.

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What do software developers have to teach creators of other content? What do other content creators have to teach developers? What are the traditions that should be honored here, in the way that the FOSS and free licensing communities honor the idea of common spaces where creativity is shared, inspired, and grown? -paraphrasing Karsten Wade


Introduction

We believe that this is a powerful idea: that everyone is a creator, and that creativity and understanding improve when they are shared. Open source software is part of this; Open content is another.

Contents

English :

The Summer of Content program (SoCon) is a way for us to turn this belief into action. We are focusing on summers in the southern hemisphere as much as in the north; on local creation in developing nations; and on providing an outlet for creators devoting energy to freely licensed content and for organizations that want to support this creation.

French :

"On pense que c'est une idée forte :" que "tout le monde soit créateur," et que cette créativité et compréhension "s'améliorent quand partagées." Nous nous se concentrons sur les étés aussi bien dans l'hémisphère Sud que dans l'hémisphère Nord; sur la création locale dans les pays en développement; et à fournir des débouchés aux créateurs qui se seront engagés énergiquement pour librement autorisé des contenu et pour les organisations qui veulent appuyer cette création.

2008

English :

Details for Summer of Content 2008 are still forthcoming. We're working on a separate wiki for SoCon applications, which should launch mid-March. In the meantime, if you have proposals for projects, put them at Summer of Content 2008 Proposals, and we'll port them to the new wiki and notify you when the site is up if you give us a way to get in touch with you (wiki user talk pages are great).

Join the mailing list to get updates and announcements.

French :

Des détails sur le contenu de l'été 2008 vont encore venir. On a travaillé a séparé wiki pour les applications SoCon, qui commencerait Mi-Mars. Entre temps, si vous avez des propositions de projets, mettez les à Summer of Content 2008 Proposals, et on les postera au nouveau wiki et vous notifiez quand le site sera prêt, donc si pourriez-vous nous donnez un moyen de rester en contact avec vous (les pages wiki pour les utilisateur sont bien).

2007

English :

The Summer of Content 2007 completed successfully! Thank you to everyone who helped and contributed!

See Summer of Content 2007 History and Summer of Content 2007 for more information about the 2007 program.

French :

Le contenu de cet été 2007 a été complété avec succès ! Merci à tous ceux qui ont contribué !

Voir Summer of Content 2007 History et Summer of Content 2007 pour plus d'information sur le programme 2007.

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