Issue 01 2012
Booki becomes Booktype
News from the FM communities.
Freedom fone the book.
A note from the editor
FM in 2012.
FM manual spotlight
Booki becomes Booktype
Recently FLOSS manuals teamed up with Sourcefabric to champion the development of FLOSS manuals' book creation and publishing software Booki. This has allowed the FM community to focus on what they do best, create outstanding free manuals for free software.
Sourcefabraic, who already have a proven track record developing open source tools for media organisations will provide ongoing development of this outstanding book publishing platform. Since taking over development Sourcefabric have worked hard to release the next version of Booki, which now comes with a new name, Booktype. Booktype will be familiar to users of Booki as it still comes with a similar interface, but includes many improvements and bug fixes along the way.
To check out Booktype, visit www.booki.cc.
Visit Sourcefabric's home page at www.sourcefabric.org.
You can also check out manuals for Sourcfabric's existing software (Airtime, Newscoop, and Campsite) at FM (en.flossmanuals.net).
News from the communities
The Finnish FM community have been hard at work in 2012 already. To start with, they have come out with a first. FM's first LibreOffice manual. Hosted by the Document Foundation, LibreOffice appeared in early 2011 as a fork of OpenOffice.org and has been making big waves in the office application community.
The LibreOffice manual (Currently in Finnish only), can be found at http://fi.flossmanuals.net/libreoffice/index. Since LibreOffice is a fork of OpenOffice.org, the LibreOffice manual is also a fork of the FM openoffice.org Manual (http://fi.flossmanuals.net/openoffice/index).
Finnish FM have also been working hard to translate the Scribus manual into Finnish from French.
See the manual at: http://fi.flossmanuals.net/scribus/
This brings the total number of manuals translated into Finnish to 32, comprising of approximatedly 2000 pages of opensource documentation. This is an amazing effort by the Finnish FM community. Finnish FM's next target is the OpenStreetMap manual.
Earlier this month FLOSS Manuals Francophone translated the OpenStreetMap manual into French. The hope of this manual is that it will increase the reach of OpenStreetMap in french speaking countries.
Freedom Fone the book
A recent addition to the English language FLOSS Manuals site is the Freedom Fone manual (http://en.flossmanuals.net/freedom-fone/). So what is Freedom Fone? This excerpt, taken from the manual explains:
“Freedom Fone allows anyone with a phone to access or contribute information on a specific issue 24 hours a day and seven days a week. It takes advantage of audio and text to address language and literacy barriers when reaching out to marginalised audiences that don't have access to other media. No internet access is required by either you or your audience for this.”
Freedom Fone was conceived by the Kubatana Trust of Zimbabwe. Kubatana aims to inspire positive social change by sharing information and ideas via Internet, email, mobile phones and print publications. An Epic software such as Fredom Fone requires an epic sprint and this was the case with the Freedom fone BookSprint. The Sprint took place in the remote eastern highlands of Zimbabwe, in a location that had no mobile reception, no direcet internet access and frequent power cuts and involved 11 participants from six different countries. The resultant manual is a 30,000 word masterpiece and can read at en.flossmanuals.net.
It's been a busy start to 2012, Finnish FM has been working hard on translating manuals, and creating some new ones as well. FLOSS Manuals has also teamed up with Sourcefabric to continute the development of our Book creation and publishing platform a new version of which became available this month. This is my first FM newsletter and it has been a big job, but a fun one putting it together. I particularly enjoyed reading the OpenStreetMap manual and using open street map. There is some great content at FM so read and enjoy. -John
FM in 2012
2012 is going to be a busy year for FM with plans to start up more FM language communities, more BookSprints and more BookConferences. Stay tuned for the exciting adventures of FM.
FM Manual spotlight – OpenStreetMap
The reason for choosing to write this first spotlight on the OpenStreetMap manual is simple, I love maps. Ever since I was a I loved looking a maps and exploring maps.
Enough about me, OpenStreetMap provides maps of the globe similar to Google's maps, the key difference is that anyone can contribute to the mapping information. This means that if roadworks have updated the street layout in your neighborhood (Which happened to me just before Christmas), you can update OpenStreetMap to reflect those changes. Because of this, the data on OpenStreetMap is constantly being refined and improved, giving us greater and greater detail about our neighborhoods, communities and planet.
The Manual can be found at http://en.flossmanuals.net/openstreetmap/ and gives a comprehensive overview of openstreetmap. After an intorduction to OpenStreetMap, you are shown how to edit the data in OpenStreetMap. This could be as simple as udating the information about an existing road, point of interest or location, to adding new locations, road and objects to the map. I was hooked. After reading the opening chapters I had to create an account and make some edits to the maps of my neighbourhood.
There are many different means to edit OpenStreetMap and the manual explores several of these including: Editing online at the OpenStreetMap website, using the offline editor, a GPS device, editing apps for mobile devices and for those without GPS or smart-phones there are walking maps.
With editing comprehensively covered, the manual explores the ways that OpenStreetMap data can be accessed and used, such as printing a map with index for offline use and various mobile apps. My wife's smartphone is now full of apps that either edit or utilise OpenStreetMap data.
Finally the manual looks at the open street map model for those interested in developing applications that harness or contribute to OpenStreetMaps, This includes a look at customising an instance of the OpenStreetMap editor for your own website that is optimised for editing the data conveyed or used by your sites purpose.
Even with a great manual there is always more to add, for example the many mobile apps that utilise and display OpenStreetMaps' data. If you want to contribute to the OpenStreetMap manual login to FLOSS Manuals, go to http://booki.flossmanuals.net/openstreetmap/_edit/ and start typing.
Catch you next month.