[OSGeo-Discuss] Fwd: Google Season of Docs (GSoD) Proposal
jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Tue Oct 16 10:53:56 PDT 2018
Forwarding an idea for a possible new initiative, that some OSGeo
projects may be interested in. It would be good to give them feedback
either way (through the form).
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At the Mentor Summit we had Sarah Maddox, a tech writer at Google, come
and talk about her idea to bring more technical writers into open source
projects. We would like your feedback and ideas about her proposal too!
If you are intrigued, please keep reading.
Sarah is proposing a Google Season of Docs (GSoD) to give open source
projects more opportunities to engage with technical writers, and vice
versa. See deck: https://goo.gl/3Bpris.
GSoD is similar to Google Summer of Code but focuses on docs and
technical writers, rather than on code and students. The target
participants are experienced tech writers who can work with you on your
docs. The writing part of GSoD will run for 3 months, similar to GSoC.
Another difference is that the technical writers will not be earning
stipends, they will be doing this to learn more about open source code
and working on developer focused docs with code and building their
resume. And the writers will often have other jobs, this would be a side
project for them (not something they will be focusing on for 30 hours a
week - in most cases).
We think GSoD will bring benefits for both parties:
Open source projects gain documentation mentors embedded into their
Tech writers gain mentorship in OSS and in developer products.
This deck has more details, including ideas on how the mentors will work
with the tech writers, timing, and suggestions for projects:
We're inviting you to fill out this form to help us gauge interest in
the proposal. All feedback is welcome:
This is a proposal for a program, it is not a confirmed program, and it
is not clear which team at Google might manage it. Thanks!
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