DIAL Open Source Center has posted a round of their Catalytic Grant Program. I think we should definitely apply for this, though I am not in a position to lead the effort now.
Who has ideas for what we should submit? Who can volunteer to lead the submission-writing process?
(One obvious idea is to get some dedicated effort assigned to wiki cleanup and reorganization.)
And here are a few key details:
- 31 May 2018: Deadline for applicants to submit proposals
- one submission per open source project
- “These grants are intended to support types of work that have traditionally been neglected or unfinished by these projects for various reasons. … In general, we fund projects, features or efforts that are well-aligned with the Principles for Digital Development and the mission statement of the OSC.”
Current Themes: May 2018
In this round of thematic funding, DIAL is sponsoring up to 6 grants, each up to $25,000 USD, to advance the OSC’s mission of fostering healthy, sustainable open source communities and products. We anticipate accepted proposals to be focused on one of the following high-impact areas:
“Dirty Jobs”, part 2
- Improvements to the software development process, such as CI infrastructure, increasing test coverage, or technical backlog grooming
- Improvements to community and contribution, such as improved/consolidated documentation, better packaging, or training materials
- Improvements to the software code quality, such as refactoring code small or updating dependencies to newer versions
Privacy & responsible data
- Development of features to support user compliance with regulatory requirements such as GDPR
- Features to allow/facilitate anonymization and/or deletion of user-owned content/data
- Improvements to underlying encryption, audit logging, and other security features
Improving the user experience
- Field-based or laboratory research on user experience challenges faced by product users, admins, etc.
- Development and user testing of UI prototypes to improve known areas of user confusion/frustration
- Review of existing workflow(s) by a UX designer to prioritize improvements