Published on June 6, 2008
TPF Grant Committee ambs - TPF GC Chair
TPF Grants Committee? TPF supports Perl-related projects development; TPF GC is responsible for: publishing calls for grant proposals; evaluating and ranking grant proposals; assigning grant managers to funded grants; performing regular reports on running grants;
Who is TPF GC? TPF GC is composed by: me, Curtis “Ovid” Poe, Leon Brocard, Rafael Garcia-Suarez, Thomas Klausner, Ben Tilly, Will “Coke” Coleda and Perrin Harkins; TPF GC is helped by Grant managers: Adrian Howard, Dave Rolsky, Rosellyne Thompson, Jeff Horwitz and Ricardo Signes;
Who is TPF GC? CURTIS (OVID) POE • Previous GC Chair
Who is TPF GC? • YAPC::EU orange founder LEON BROCARD (ACME)
Who is TPF GC? RAFAEL GARCIA-SUAREZ • Perl 5.10 Pumpkin
Who is TPF GC? THOMAS KLAUSNER • CPANTS Guy
Who is TPF GC? • tilly on perlmonks! BEN TILLY
Who is TPF GC? WILL (COKE) COLEDA • Parrot hacker
Who is TPF GC? PERRIN HARKINS • mod_perl guy
Who is TPF GC? ALBERTO SIMÕES (AMBS) • Current GC Chair
ROSELLYNE THOMPSON DAVE ROLSKY ADRIAN HOWARD RICARDO SIGNES JEFF HORWITZ And Grant Managers
Why Them? We need someone! Somebody will always ask! Voted originally by TPF board. Members addition is now voted by itself. Yes, this might be bad! Yes, this is good as well! Pick your choice
How does it work? A call for grant proposals each three months; Proposals are received under RT during a month; Proposals are posted for community discussion; Proposals are voted by GC community; Results are published; Grant managers assigned to accepted proposals;
FAQ: Who can make proposals? anyone; What kind of proposals? any project relevant to the community; How to create a proposal? follow the guidelines in the webpage;
Proposal contents (1/3) Basics: Your name and email; A title for your project; A small but incisive abstract; Your biography;
Proposal contents (2/3) Project relevancy: Beneﬁts to the Perl Community; Deliverables;
Proposal contents (3/3) Proposal details: Project details; Project schedule; Amount requested;
What kind of proposals? From small to big tasks; From simple to complex tasks; Don’t propose a complex task if newbie; Not necessary new projects: why not to correct bugs? why not to add features to existing code?
How do you evaluate? Check if the proposal is relevant to community; (now easier with community feedback) Compare project with existing alternatives; Evaluate proposal schedule and feasibility; Compare relevance with other proposals; Check if the user is able to complete the task; Evaluate the amount requested...
Success stories Improve Perl 5 (Nicholas Clark) Perl 5 maintenance and development is proceeding steadily, but there are a number of stubborn bugs that no volunteer has had the time to work on. This project will ensure that these bugs are resolved, as well as providing resource to develop new features for both 5.8.x and 5.10. $11.000 (most expensive grant ever)
Success stories Nicholas Clark: [Why would not submit another grant to TPF...] what was a hobby became work, without any of the beneﬁts that work usually has. Success constrains: submitter actually has to want to do it, and the issue of money has to be the actual blocker. Grants don't create time, do increase pressure, and for most people the amount of money the grant offers isn't going to be signiﬁcant compared with what they could earn commercially.
Success stories Policies for Perl::Critic (Chris Dolan) Implement a selection of (20) new policies for Perl::Critic. $2.000
Success stories Chris Dolan: Motivation: [...] I knew that I wasn't going to get it done without external motivation. I work best under pressure, [...] The money made it easier to justify the hours spent [...], but was a smaller part of the equation than the publicity. Success constrains: (a) a respected project that is already underway (b) realistic, quantiﬁable end goals (c) an experienced grantee (d) concrete intermediate goals
Success stories Promote pVoice and the use of Perl for writing Assistive Software (Jouke Visser) Perl may not be the language people would think of ﬁrst to create something like pVoice. [...] I want to show everyone that Perl is perfectly suitable for this job. Besides this objective, I also want to convince medical professionals that there's an alternative for expensive proprietary software to assist physically challenged people [...] $3.500
Success stories Re-factoring Editor Grant (Adam Kennedy) Synopsis not relevant: the original objective was not completed! But another (probably better) objective was achieved: Strawberry Perl! Original requested value was paid: $5.000;
Not successful stories Media-Wiki Syntax Parser project accepted, but grantee did not start working right after it being accepted; grantee got a $job; grantee lost interest on the subject Make Money vs Do Interesting Things
Not successful stories Running Too-Long Grants Interesting tasks, but lack of organization; Task might be useful, but not in the mood; Try to follow the schedule! Running twice the schedule is OK! Running more than that, is procrastination!
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