2009 Season of Usability Call for Projects Open Until April 15 2009

Celeste Lyn Paul celeste at openusability.org
Sun Mar 29 03:13:19 BST 2009

Dear FLOSS Project, 

The 2009 Season of Usability Call for Projects is now open and available until 
April 15:

OpenUsability Season of Usability is a series of sponsored student projects to 
encourage students of usability, user-interface design, and interaction design 
to get involved with Free/Libre/Open-Source Software (FLOSS). During a 3 month 
collaboration, students work together with an experienced usability mentor and 
key developers of the project to improve the user experience of a FLOSS 
application. The next Season of Usability student projects will start in May 

FLOSS Projects who would like to benefit from a usability student are 
encouraged to fill in our Call for Projects:

After the Call for Projects is finished (April 15th), the usability mentors 
will get back to the FLOSS projects and start the selection process. Each 
mentor will decide for one project - based on the need for usability and the 
availability of a technical mentor in the project, and if a good task can be 
defined. Examples of successful Season of Usability tasks can be found on the 
Season of Usability website.

The selected projects are published and students start to apply for them. 
Together with the technical mentor, a student is selected. In a kickoff 
meeting, the task scope is further defined and a road map is developed. Then, 
the actual project work begins (also see the time frame below).
How can I register a project?

We prepared a short questionnaire to register a project. We ask a few 

    * about the project
    * about the acceptance of usability among project members
    * about the availability of developer resources
    * and finally, we’ll ask for possible student project tasks.

People who register projects should know a project well enough to name a key 
developer who is willing to function as a technical mentor in the Season of 
What’s the timeframe for Season of Usability 2008?

Call for Project Participation
March 2009
A call for participation is published via OpenUsability and other FLOSS-
related media.

Project Selection
Beginning of April 2009
Usability mentors get in touch with projects they are interested in - they 
either bring their own one or pick one from the CfP. Possible topics for 
student projects are discussed, and the usability mentors finally decide for a 

Student Application Phase
April 2009
The student project openings are published and students start to apply for 
specific projects.

Student Selection
End of April 2009
Usability mentors get in touch with the students who applied. After several 
cycles of job interviews, the mentors decide for a student.

Project Work
End of May - August/September
The actual scope of the task is defined and the project work starts.

Questions may be directed to students at openusability.org.

Celeste Lyn Paul

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