There are many way to be involved in the OED project:
Evaluate the energy dashboard during its development. This
would mean early access to features for your comment. This can be by
looking at our development system or plans/mockups of new ideas. Please contact us if you are interested.
You can provide feedback on proposed designs for the energy
dashboard including graphics, data stored, admin features, etc.
Please contact us if you are
Be involved in the development of the energy dashboard. This
could be anything from coding to language translation. Please contact us if you are interested.
If you are interested in getting started as a developer (coder) then please see other information on this.
A number of students have done internships with the OED
Joining a project can be daunting. This project is managed as an educational
project and is welcoming to new people. The issues list on GitHub has the tag
"good first issue" to indicate it would be something that a new contributor might
find doable. We strongly encourage you to contact us and/or put a comment in an issue before you
begin work so we know it is being worked on. We work with each person to get them integrated
into the project. So, please feel free to contact
us and you will be welcomed.
OED is an educationally-based open source project. As such, we view working with and advancing the learning
and career goals of students as a core part of the project. As of the end of 2021, 29 students had made
substantial contributions to the OED project (100 or more line of additions/subtractions according to
GitHub). (9 have changed more than 10,000 lines and 7 have changed 1,000-10,000 lines) OED has been
expanding the number of students and institutions it works with and welcomes new collaborations. In the
spring of 2022, OED has 21 total students from 5 colleges/universities where 17 students are on 4 teams and
4 students are working individually. We are continuing our substantial help and mentoring even when we have
20+ students.There are a
number of ways that students have engaged with the OED project:
A course requires a substantial contribution to an open source project over one semester. The students
might work individually or in team(s). Over half of the student developers over the past couple of years
fall into this category. Students from the RCOS center at RPI taking their open source course and
students from California State University Monterey Bay capstone course are examples. Another possibility
is a student doing an independent project registered with the institution that revolves around OED. OED
has worked with the professors
teaching the courses to create appropriate tasks and projects for these students to make sure the work
meets the learning objectives. Once the students begin working on OED, the OED project does all the
needed help and mentoring to support the students. OED can provide feedback to the professor teaching
the course on student work if that is desired.
Students are interested in working on a project outside their school to enhance their knowledge and
experience. OED generally gets 2-5 students a year doing this type of work. The student generally
approaches the OED project and the process is similar to getting an internship (see above). While the
majority of these students are doing this work outside their college/university, OED can provide the
needed information to allow the student to formally register the work for academic credit.
A course might require a single, limited open source contribution as an assignment. A few students have
done these smaller contributions.
A professor wants to integrate OED into a course or department. In this case the professor gains a
reasonable level of understanding of the OED project and may even direct the students' work. OED is
willing to mentor a professor to learn about the project and how it can be used to meet their academic
objectives. We are also willing to offer the same level of support we do to students who work on OED in
a course where it is not as tightly integrated. The project is generally interested in forming
relationships to the extent of interest to an institution, department and/or professor. This could be
everything from a loose arrangement to a course/department becoming core members of the project with
To appreciate the student experience in more depth and see their thoughts on working with the OED project,
see videos of student responses to questions about their experience
working with the OED project.
Learn how you can use OED for your energy data. The OED project is always willing to
give extra help to any institution that has student developers that also want to utilize our energy
dashboard. There is an sample academic uses page that shows how OED could be
used to support academic goals.