Docs Project meeting 20080709 Seneca technical communications collaboration

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Agenda

  1. Introductions
  2. What each group needs, what each can provide
  3. Timeline to be ready for the Fall
  4. Specific actions

Attendees

  • Chris Tyler
  • Beth Agnew
  • Karsten Wade

Seneca needs

  • Academic -- rich learning experience
  • Access -- specs, requirements

Seneca provides

  • 20 students average sized class
    • Three four-month semesters (Fall, Winter, Spring?)
  • First four months is intro to tech comms
    • Ready to dive-in within a few weeks, experential learning encouraged
    • Tech comms across many sectors - software, manufacturing, pharma, etc.
  • Jan - Apr == co-op work term
    • In the past has mainly been direct work hire/internship programs with employers
    • Some students have done self-directed with-in open source projects
  • Final Summer semester
    • Advanced tools (Framemaker, Photoshop, etc.)

Fedora needs

  • Passionate people with enough time
  • Bring skills, learn skills
    • Technical communications practices and rigor
    • Help set the culture within Fedora so we are not anwering, "Why does content management matter?"
  • More complete documents
    • Maintainable over time by "anyone"

Fedora Provides

  • Experience with open tools
    • Inkscape, Gimp, DocBook, wiki, SCM, etc.
  • Open collaboration experience
  • Lots of niches
  • Modular areas to work in
    • Small to large projects and scope

Plans

  • Match program timing
    • Fall -- Introduce people to Fedora, how to communicate, and begin editing in e.g. wiki, begin to pick what co-op work time is going to encompass
    • Winter -- Start on the deep-dive co-op work
    • Spring -- Advanced tool training with other Fedorans (XML, Inkscape, etc.)

Fedora Actions

  • List of things to work on
  • Getting started in Fedora content check
    • Ref. Seneca wiki on that
    • Documentation specific
      • Passion first, role second

Timeline

  • Initial plan by July
  • Review through August
  • Classes start in September