The title says it all: Are there any open source projects, that are open to new contributers?
- If not, should there be?
- If yes, what are they and what is the best way to get involved?
VRPy is a python library for solving a range of vehicle routing problems.
It is open source and open to new contributors.
There are at least two ways to contribute:
There are lots of projects at COIN-OR, many of which I'm sure would welcome contributions. You would need to discuss with the individual project developers what the best way to help would be, but one thing that's nearly always welcome is help with documentation, including reference manuals, tutorials, example code calling library functions, etc.
Here and here (list is generated by Github based on the tags on the open projects) you can find long lists of open operations research projects on Github. By clicking on the "Open Issues" link on each page you can directly access the Github repository for that specific project. Note that @Kuifje's own repository VRPy is a great example.
At the time of writing, we have more than 300 Pull Requests in less than a year, with a portion of those coming from outside contributors. If you don't know where to start, reach out to us on GitHub Discussions.
Hint: Start small. Less than 10 lines. It will be easier to finish for you and much easier/faster for our core team to review and approve. Just like in any other open source project, build trust and experience, before you submit a PR of 100+ lines.