Hello, Matplotlib is participating in Google Summer of Code this year under the Numfocus umbrella. Applications are due April 9. Please apply and encourage students you may think are a good fit to apply.
Applicants are welcome and encouraged to propose their own projects or build on the project we have proposed, which is a collaboration with the geopandas library.
GeoPandas allows users to work with geospatial data in Python by providing geospatial operations in Pandas and a high-level interface to multiple geometries to shapely. It also facilitates exploratory visualization of geospatial data via descartes and matplotlib.
The visualization interface in geopandas is currently on the rough side; it generates simple polygon based maps that are inconsistent in terms of supporting matplotlib features such as color mapping and color bars.