[ESIP-all] Could your open source project use a technical writer?

Annie Burgess annieburgess at esipfed.org
Tue Mar 12 13:17:02 EDT 2019

Google is starting a new program called "Season of Docs." Season of Docs
fosters collaboration between open source projects and technical writers,
i.e. it similar to Summer of Code, but rather than pairing an open source
project with a developer, they would be paired with a technical writer.
Details at: g.co/seasonofdocs.

To participate, ESIP would need to apply as a mentoring organization and
out members would provide open source projects that would be assigned a
technical writer. Example ideas of what a technical writer could work on
are here <https://developers.google.com/season-of-docs/docs/project-ideas>.

Before applying as a mentoring org though, I'd like to gauge if there is
community interest in participating. So, if you're interested in
potentially being a mentor, please email me at lab at esipfed.org or post a
message to Slack!


Annie Burgess, PhD

Lab Director | Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)

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On Mon, Mar 11, 2019 at 3:32 PM 'sttaylor' via Google Summer of Code
Mentors List <google-summer-of-code-mentors-list at googlegroups.com> wrote:

> We’re delighted to announce the inaugural year of Season of Docs, a Google
> program that fosters collaboration between open source projects and
> technical writers. Season of Docs is similar to Summer of Code, but with a
> focus on open source documentation and technical writers. Details are on
> our website: g.co/seasonofdocs
> <https://developers.google.com/season-of-docs/>.
> Would you like to take part as an open source mentor in the inaugural year
> of Season of Docs? Open source organizations can start thinking now about
> the projects you’d like a technical writer to work on. Take a look at the examples
> of project ideas
> <https://developers.google.com/season-of-docs/docs/project-ideas>. Reach
> out to your community members to see who’d like to be a mentor for Season
> of Docs. As a mentor, you don’t need technical writing skills. Instead,
> you're a member of the open source organization who knows the value of good
> documentation and who is experienced in open source processes and tools.
> See the guidelines on working with a technical writer
> <https://developers.google.com/season-of-docs/docs/tech-writer-collaboration>.
> Organization applications open on April 2, 2019. See the full timeline
> <https://developers.google.com/season-of-docs/docs/timeline> on the
> Season of Docs website.
> From April 30, Technical writers can explore the list of participating
> open source organizations and their project ideas. Technical writers bring
> their skills in designing and developing documentation to the open source
> organization. Technical writer applications open on April 30. The list of
> accepted technical writing projects is announced on July 30.
> Please do tweet and blog about Season of Docs if you’d like to share the
> news. We want as many people to know about it as possible. We’ve provided
> logos that you can download and some example content on the press page
> <https://developers.google.com/season-of-docs/docs/press>.
> We’re looking forward to an exciting pilot of the Season of Docs program!
> If you have any questions about the program, please email us at
> season-of-docs-support at googlegroups.com.
> Best regards
> Sarah Maddox, Andrew Chen and the Season of Docs team
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