Last week, we excitedly announced that we'd accepted over 1100 students into Google Summer of Code™ 2008. Now that we've had some time to get everything in order for this new crop of students, we're happy to bring you some of the news you've been asking for about this year's participants.

Even though this is our fourth summer together, it seems the statistics folks are most interested in remain the same: who are the participants, what are they working on, who were the applicants and what places do all these folks call home? You can find answers to the first two questions on the program website, and you may remember that we have students and mentors from 98 countries this year. With so many data points to choose from, we figured that we'd start this week off with a look at two Top 10's for 2008: number of applicants by country and number of accepted students per country. Not surprisingly, the distribution for both sets looks remarkably similar:





Now that we've whet your appetite with a bit of regional data, you'll be pleased to know that we've got even more for you. We'll be producing the usual KML file showcasing our 2008 'graduates' at the end of the program, but thanks to our stalwart intern and organization administrator for the Wine project, Maarten Lankhorst, you can already check out maps linking students to mentors from each individual project's page on the Summer of Code site. Still not enough data for you geo-wise? Check out the our hall of fame maps from 2007 (KML), 2006 (KML) and 2005.

We're curious to know what information you'd like to see us showcase about Summer of Code. Why not post a comment and let us know what questions you have?

Ed. note: Updated post with corrected graph.