NEWS & BLOGS

This page is a source of news in English about the news of the FLOSS Manuals language communities.

Blogs: We aggregate and invite blog posts on the subject of Free Software documentation and the varied approaches to its production. This includes observations and research on innovative collaborative production of docs, new technology and documentation communities. If you have blog posts for us please make contact.

Books produced during the Book Sprints for ICT Research project

From Urban Space to Future Place: The UrbanIxD Summer School 2013

I. Helgason, M. Smyth, N. Wouters, O. Surawska, L. Skrinjar, L. Jensen, S.Rosenbak, A. Streinzer, Amsterdam, 2013

Read the book: issuu | PDF...

FLOSS Manuals is working with phpList to help the production of their new manual.

Developing a detailed understanding of the needs of  communities and businesses who wish to work with FlossManuals as entities in their own right, is a fundamental goal of this project. One such need, already established by the team, is a simple way to self-host "stable versions" of the manual, in html, on the website of the Community/Company.

"We are very happy to work with phpList to develop a new workflow for exporting epub, pdf and HTML versions of documentation from FLOSS Manuals to be displayed within the websites of our partners" said Mick Chesterman from FLOSS Manuals "...

I gave a presentation on how FLOSS Manuals uses Booktype and ePubs at a discussion panel at the Cetis 2014 conference. Here is Wilbert's write up of the panel. When does a book become a web platform.  This links to a lot of the work Adam Hyde has done around advocating for the use of epubs.

I also formulated a bit of an argument around epubs and OER (Open educational resources) which is posted as part of an email discussion on the...

FLOSS Manuals content (Basic Internet Security and Bypassing Internet Censorship) continue to be used in the world-wide movement of CryptoParties. The CryptoParty Handbook was created at a book sprint in Berlin. Cryptoparties provide a great way for anyone to learn how to install and use encryption technology and other tips to keep you anonymous online.

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In December 2013, the video4change network published a new set of guides aimed towards supporting video activists and citizen journalists in producing and distributing their videos more effectively. 

With support from Internews Europe, these guides range from mobile video to hosting independent video sites.

  1. Guide to Independent Video Hosting. Are you looking for ways to set up your own video-sharing and aggregating site (å la EngageMedia.org!)? Then you should read this manual. The guide focuses on Free, Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS
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Good news everyone! You don't have to use YouTube!

In partnership with the V4C (video for change) network FLOSS Manuals has created a "Guide to Independent Video Hosting". The guide focuses on approaches and tools to host, showcase and 'aggregate' video content. The guide will give different paths to groups that want to reduce their reliance on services like YouTube and Vimeo.

The guide has been produced in many languages and multiple formats.

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Guide to Independent Video Hosting

FLOSS Manuals has been working with Internews Europe as part of their Human Rights programme to create some user focused manuals to help communication. Recent security news has shown us that Free Software solutions are the best solutions for many situations. We have been very happy to draw on our past experience of creating and translating manuals to whip up three new manuals to help make the process of emailing, sharing photos and files more secure.

The manuals created are:

  • K9 Mail - Encrypt your email from your Android device.
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7 August 2013. The FLOSS Manuals Foundation and Adam Hyde are collaborating on a one year project funded by the European Comission. The project is titled: Book Sprints for ICT Research – Testing the practice of Book Sprints as a new paradigm of collaborative writing for ICT researchers and innovators. A Book Sprint is a collaborative process where a group of six to twelve people get together to produce a book in five days or less. Participants work intensively under the guidance of a facilitator to create high quality materials. This methodology was invented by Adam Hyde as he was seeking an efficient way to remedy a deficit of good free documentation about free software.

The...

Saturday 3 August 2013. The FLOSS Manuals Foundation board members live in different parts of the world. The Observe Hack Make Festival was a good opportunity for those of us in town to meet up. Pictured are three board members in Alkmaar, The Netherlands. From left to right: Janet Swisher (treasurer), Eric Kluitenberg (secretary) and Sacha van Geffen (president).

Google Summer of Code Doc Camp - a partnership of GSoC, Aspiration and FLOSS Manuals

This is a call for proposals for the 2013 GSoC Doc Camp. Individuals and projects are invited to submit proposals for the GSoC Doc Camp to be held at Google's Mountain View headquarters in California from October 14 - October 18.

What is it?

The GSoC Doc Camp is a place for free software communities to meet, work on creating a book for their project, attract new people to their efforts, and share their documentation experiences. The camp aims to improve free documentation materials and skills in free software projects and individuals and help form the identity of the...

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