Summary: Continue building on crantastic to add more features needed by the community.
Description: Last year’s google summer of code project achieved its goals of implementing the basic infrastructure for users to find, rate and review R packages. Currently crantastic receives about 6,500 visitors a month, mainly (70%) as a result of searching for R packages using google. Some ideas for possible enhancements are:
The developer would also be expected to be a crantastic evangelist, engaging with the R community to encourage their participation in crantastic and figuring out will be most useful for the community.
Skills required: Web design/development, Ruby on Rails. Also helpful is some experience using R.
Test: Fork the crantastic source code from http://github.com/hadley/crantastic and improve the existing source code in some way, by either refactoring existing code to make it cleaner and more maintainable or by implementing a small new feature.
Mentor: Hadley Wickham