[OSGeo-Conf] FOSS4G Cookbook writing guide

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Mon Sep 10 13:34:40 PDT 2012

Maybe you like to start putting together Cookbook headings?
It need not be perfect on the first pass, but it will be useful to have 
a starting point which we can talk to as a group. (Feel free to remove 
the prior headings I had in place)
I suspect that there would be other Conference Cookbooks on the web 
which we could make use of. It would be well worth doing some research 
to see if if is worth basing our cookbook on some of them.

On 11/09/2012 1:08 AM, Jachym Cepicky wrote:
> Great start, we have to keep things warm
> Thanks
> Jachym
> Dne 7.9.2012 23:53, Cameron Shorter napsal(a):
>> I have written suggestions for our "Update Process" [1] and a "Template
>> Section" [2], and would like to hear suggestions on whether I'm on the
>> right track:
>> Editing this document
>> Draft, awaiting review
>> This FOSS4G Cookbook aims to be concise, so that it is easy to read and
>> follow. We also aim to collaboratively edit and continuously build this
>> document based upon our collective experience running conferences. As
>> such, we will need to continuously update and delete old text as new
>> ideas come to hand.
>> The process to follow in updating this wiki is:
>>      Feel free to make trivial tweaks to grammar and syntax.
>>      If you would like to introduce a new idea, maybe add a new section,
>> or improve an old section:
>>          Raise your suggestion on the OSGeo Conference email list.
>>          Once a rough consensus has been reached on the list, you may
>> then update the Cookbook with the collective wisdom of the list.
>>          If writing a new section, consider starting the section with:
>> Draft, awaiting review
>>          After updating your text, notify the list again to give others
>> the opportunity to review and tweak.
>> Section Writing Guide
>> The first sentence(s) of a section should describe the meaning of the
>> heading. Eg, if this section is on "Birds of a Feather", then the first
>> sentence should start with: Birds of a Feather sessions refer to
>> semi-formal gatherings of like minded delegates to discuss a topic of
>> interest.
>> Following paragraphs provide specific details. They might hyperlink to
>> more details from an external Lessons Learned type doc. It will likely
>> cover some of the following topics:
>>      Key success factors
>>      Things that can go wrong, with optional brief examples
>>      List of considerations and why choose one consideration over another
>>      List of steps to follow
>>      Organisations or people to contact to coordinate with
>>      Links to external documents, such as a Google Docs spreadsheet
>> See Also
>>          Where relevant, finish with a list of links to web pages for
>> further reading. E.g.
>>          FOSS4G 2009 Birds of Feather Lessons Learned
>> [1] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_Cookbook#Section_Writing_Guide
>> [2] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_Cookbook#Section_Writing_Guide

Cameron Shorter
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