[Qgis-community-team] What next for QGIS docs? - Invitation to comment
cschweik at gmail.com
Tue Aug 27 06:04:47 PDT 2019
(Cameron: I also wrote this in your google doc as a comment)
>From a university's perspective, I think Phil Davis' point about
incentivizing publications is important.
So perhaps we should try initiating a peer-reviewed like a FOSS4G Education
Journal, where faculty can contribute teaching materials as publications.
Recall that we had an OSGeo Journal years ago that kind of died out. But
maybe the time is to refresh that idea. My library's institutional
repository under BE Press has a function to support an open access journal
including chapter review process, etc.
Or start a QGIS textbook in a platform like Rice university's OpenStax (
I've always thought (since 2007) the way to do this is to find 2-3 faculty
who are teaching similar courses and have similar "user centered needs" to
work or share material that they can use in their courses. For new
assistant professor faculty, having a repository of well done open access
tutorials and labs (and datasets) for standard courses such as
"Introduction to GIS" I think would get adopted and used, because it will
save these faculty time on teaching material prep as they ramp up their
In short, perhaps we need to identify 1, 2 or 3 QGIS lab-based textbooks
(e.g., Introduction to GIS, Advanced GIS, or something like that), identify
1, 2 or 3 co-editors of those textbooks, develop an outline of those
textbooks, and then put a call out for writers of various chapters for that
textbook (or perhaps easier is the open access journal idea above).
-- Charlie Schweik, University of Massachusetts Amherst
"Make positive change in your sphere of influence." -- CMS
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