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Announcing the GeoBlacklight Community Winter 2022 Sprint

The GeoBlacklight Community collaborates on a 2-week sprint every Winter and Summer. Participation in the sprint is open to anyone and can include coding new features, fixing bugs, writing documentation, troubleshooting issues, and more.

Each sprint starts with a kickoff meeting where we will review our goals and volunteer to contribute towards various issues. This will be followed by short standup meetings every day to check-in and plan our next activities.

Event Dates

  • The sprint will take place from February 14-25, 2022
  • Daily standup meetings: Weekdays, February 14-25 @ 1:00pm Central Time

How to Join

Send us your name and email using this Google form. The GeoBlacklight Community Coordinator will then send you the Zoom links with instructions on how to join.

Tracks for the Winter 2022 Community Sprint

Here is the proposed sprint work broken up into sections:


  • Description: Creating code updates, fixes, and enhancements to commit to the GeoBlacklight code base
  • Useful experience: application development, Ruby, Ruby on Rails
  • Example tasks:
  • Refining GeoBlacklight’s Version 4 Alpha release to a Beta version
  • Addressing bugs
  • Performing maintenance on framework and dependency support (i.e. Bootstrap, Rails)
  • Cleaning up Blacklight deprecation warnings


  • Description: Assessing and documenting the metadata schema for GeoBlacklight
  • Useful experience: metadata, documentation
  • Example tasks:
  • creating an upgrade to Aardvark guide
  • creating new or updating existing sample metadata files
  • Updating OpenGeoMetadata and GeoCombine


  • Description: Improving the public website, tutorials, and guides
  • Useful experience: writing, design, website editing
  • Example tasks:
  • improving the website design and content
  • creating a “How to launch GeoBlacklight” guide for the website
  • organizing and updating the project wiki

Other Work

  • Description: Other GeoBlacklight related work is welcome at this sprint!