Libre Graphics Global Documentation Project Hong Phuc Dang LGM 2011, Montreal
1. We need More Free Documentation 2. The Libre Graphics Global Documentation Project 3.  How we want to Support the Commu...
Working with Libre Graphics software, organizing events and conducting trainings during the last year, I came to realize ...
We need More Free Documentation
We need More  Free  Documentation
We need More  Free  Documentation
Free  as in Freedom
Current Situation  <ul><li>Many people want to learn about free software
Some would like to buy materials, but there are not always available locally
A lot of freely licensed materials exist already, e.g.
Help content in forums
Tutorials at project sites and videos on the web </li></ul>
Some challenging issues may prevent people in the community to create and publish more materials and – to publish them und...
Examples of existing documentation and educational projects in the FOSS, Free Content and Libre Graphics community
Wikibooks - the wiki for books. Difficult to know which ones are good. It seems like the wikibooks concept has not worked ...
Khan Academy - a site of a dedicated videomaker with over 2000 Creative Commons licensed  videos, but in flash (closed sou...
'Wireless Networking in the Developing World' is a free book about building low-cost wireless network infrastructure. It w...
Flossmanuals.net offers a number of manuals, e.g. the Vietnamese community just translated the OLPC Sugar manual. The wiki...
Online forums exist on many project sites. Gimp, Inkscape, Scribus, Laidout - most of the Libre Graphics projects have tut...
Actually, there are many books available already, but unfortunately most of them are not under a free license. inkscape.or...
Inspite of constraints (I assume from publishing houses) authors already began to share chapters online and make additiona...
The famous Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho is even more successful since his books are online as free downloads. “Paulo Coel...
Ergo <ul><li>There is already some excellent documentation available, but there could be more.
Some of the best resources – books – are mostly unfree and therefore limit the use, sharing and possibility to remix.
Videos in the proprietary flash format are not downloadable. </li></ul>
Ergo <ul><li>There is already some excellent documentation available, but there could be more.
Some of the best resources – books – are mostly unfree and therefore limit the use, sharing and possibility to remix.
Videos in the proprietary flash format are not downloadable. </li></ul>->  Let's  collect more examples of good freely lic...
Questions remaining
What tools and technologies exist to make different media available freely?  Documentation writers and videomakers are dis...
The Libre Graphics Global Documentation Project
<ul><li>aims to support documentation contributors
brings together people with expertise in Libre Graphics applications
supports contributors to work together to create free documentation materials
facilitates the process of documentation and offers support by functioning as a network hub for documentation authors, pro...
Create
<ul>Create materials that are <li>Easy to understand
Easy to distribute
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The Libre Graphics Global Documentation project is an initiative to bring together people with expertise in the free graphics software community who want to work together to create free documentation materials and translate them. It is Intended as a hub in the network of documentation producers, programmers, designers and translators.

For me the Free Software culture and sharing is just the natural way of doing things. Copying masters and learning from them has been a traditional way of learning for hundreds of years in Asia. We can look to the tradition of copying paintings for instance. Meeting a lot of newbie FOSS users and in particular designers I would also like to see more free documentation books, tutorials, videos and any other resources available to grow the community. In an openly maintained project, increasing the user community ultimately also means increasing the number of contributors. While closed copyright materials currently offer income to existing contributors, I would personally be happy to support authors to adapt a more open and freely licensed publishing.

The Libre Graphics Global Documentation projects aims to work as a supportive network hub for existing free/libre software projects. Furthermore it is a playground to test and adapt tools from the ‘software world’ for documentation projects including using Git repositories for documentation projects and ‘task’ trackers. We also encourage the experimentation with different media, especially as different learner types appeal to different forms of interaction.

A community blog that will be launched shortly will inform people about new activities and documentation related material. Activities planned are live book sprints, the making of tutorial videos and the translation of existing books. Materials will be released mainly on existing channels of projects or on dedicated sites like flossmanuals which will be linked from the Libre Graphics Global Documentation site. The project will work to acquire funding for documentation workshops. Books coming out of the project will be published with an official ISBN and will be released as printed books (if possible) taking advantage of lower printing costs in Asia. Continuing our work at events like FOSSASIA and the Open Design Weeks Asia we will feature documentation related workshop sessions and support projects with materials and space needed to have the best possible outcome.

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Libre Graphics Global Documentation Project - Talk at LGM 2011, Montreal, Canada

  1. 1. Libre Graphics Global Documentation Project Hong Phuc Dang LGM 2011, Montreal
  2. 2. 1. We need More Free Documentation 2. The Libre Graphics Global Documentation Project 3. How we want to Support the Community 4. Ideas to Create Documentation Freely and Efficiently
  3. 3. Working with Libre Graphics software, organizing events and conducting trainings during the last year, I came to realize ...
  4. 4. We need More Free Documentation
  5. 5. We need More Free Documentation
  6. 6. We need More Free Documentation
  7. 7. Free as in Freedom
  8. 8. Current Situation <ul><li>Many people want to learn about free software
  9. 9. Some would like to buy materials, but there are not always available locally
  10. 10. A lot of freely licensed materials exist already, e.g.
  11. 11. Help content in forums
  12. 12. Tutorials at project sites and videos on the web </li></ul>
  13. 13. Some challenging issues may prevent people in the community to create and publish more materials and – to publish them under free licenses. Questions involved circle around “income”, “publishing contracts”, “copyright”, available time, recognition and personal interests.
  14. 14. Examples of existing documentation and educational projects in the FOSS, Free Content and Libre Graphics community
  15. 15. Wikibooks - the wiki for books. Difficult to know which ones are good. It seems like the wikibooks concept has not worked out entirely for (quality) books (yet).
  16. 16. Khan Academy - a site of a dedicated videomaker with over 2000 Creative Commons licensed videos, but in flash (closed source) and not downloadable. Videos can only be used non-commercially.
  17. 17. 'Wireless Networking in the Developing World' is a free book about building low-cost wireless network infrastructure. It was first put together during a one week book sprint of contributors from all over the world in London. It is regularly updated. The publication is supported by Canada's International Development Research Centre. wndw.net
  18. 18. Flossmanuals.net offers a number of manuals, e.g. the Vietnamese community just translated the OLPC Sugar manual. The wiki powered site focuses on the creation of quality documentation about how to use free software. The documentation is licensed under the GPL.
  19. 19. Online forums exist on many project sites. Gimp, Inkscape, Scribus, Laidout - most of the Libre Graphics projects have tutorials available in pdf and videos on their website or on video sites.
  20. 20. Actually, there are many books available already, but unfortunately most of them are not under a free license. inkscape.org/books/ - wiki.scribus.net/canvas/Books - gimp.org/books/
  21. 21. Inspite of constraints (I assume from publishing houses) authors already began to share chapters online and make additional sources available. There's also a download file there containing all of the source code discussed in the book, some sample images in the GIMP's native format (XCF), plus a few other useful scripts which were used to generate some of the figures in the book. gimpbook.com
  22. 22. The famous Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho is even more successful since his books are online as free downloads. “Paulo Coelho is a strong advocate of spreading his books through peer-to-peer file sharing networks. A fan posted a Russian translation of one of his novels online. Sales of his book jumped from 3,000 to one million in three years, with no additional promotion or publicity from his publishers.” (compare http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paulo_Coelho)
  23. 23. Ergo <ul><li>There is already some excellent documentation available, but there could be more.
  24. 24. Some of the best resources – books – are mostly unfree and therefore limit the use, sharing and possibility to remix.
  25. 25. Videos in the proprietary flash format are not downloadable. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Ergo <ul><li>There is already some excellent documentation available, but there could be more.
  27. 27. Some of the best resources – books – are mostly unfree and therefore limit the use, sharing and possibility to remix.
  28. 28. Videos in the proprietary flash format are not downloadable. </li></ul>-> Let's collect more examples of good freely licensed materials. -> How did they do it?
  29. 29. Questions remaining
  30. 30. What tools and technologies exist to make different media available freely? Documentation writers and videomakers are dispersed all over the world. How to get them together to achieve the best possible outcome? How to work on materials when contributors have only a limited amount of time? What can we learn from free software programmers? How can we set up an efficient documentation infrastructure and collaborate to create more excellent resources? What additional benefits can documentation writers and users have? How can the process of documentation be funded? How can authors generate an income?
  31. 31. The Libre Graphics Global Documentation Project
  32. 32. <ul><li>aims to support documentation contributors
  33. 33. brings together people with expertise in Libre Graphics applications
  34. 34. supports contributors to work together to create free documentation materials
  35. 35. facilitates the process of documentation and offers support by functioning as a network hub for documentation authors, programmers, designers and translators. </li></ul><ul>The Libre Graphics Global Documentation Project </ul>
  36. 36. Create
  37. 37. <ul>Create materials that are <li>Easy to understand
  38. 38. Easy to distribute
  39. 39. Easy to change
  40. 40. Easy to translate </li></ul><ul>Goals of the Libre Graphics Global Documentation Project </ul>
  41. 41. <ul>Create materials that are <li>Easy to understand
  42. 42. Easy to distribute
  43. 43. Easy to change
  44. 44. Easy to translate </li></ul><ul>Create resources for: <li>Designers and users (including different learner types - e.g. visual, vocal, oral, haptic) </li></ul><ul>Goals of the Libre Graphics Global Documentation Project </ul>
  45. 45. <ul>Create materials that are <li>Easy to understand
  46. 46. Easy to distribute
  47. 47. Easy to change
  48. 48. Easy to translate </li></ul><ul>Create resources for: <li>Designers and users (including different learner types - e.g. visual, vocal, oral, haptic) </li></ul><ul>Goals of the Libre Graphics Global Documentation Project </ul><ul>Focus on: <li>Resources to create Libre Graphics works with free/open source software </li></ul>
  49. 49. <ul><li>Authors: </li><ul><li>learning more, potential income, fame, fun of creation </li></ul><li>Users </li><ul><li>learning about how to be creative with a FOSS application
  50. 50. having the freedom of using the documentation the way they like, e.g. making notes, searching it, copying it, changing it and even becoming a contributor remixing it </li></ul></ul><ul>Benefits for </ul>
  51. 51. How we want to Support the Community
  52. 52. <ul><li>Set up a community blog dedicated to documentation
  53. 53. Using social networks to connect with people
  54. 54. Organizing live book sprints
  55. 55. Organizing translation sprints in Asia and elsewhere
  56. 56. Co-operating with projects on their existing channels
  57. 57. Creating videos for howtos </li></ul><ul>Supporting the Community </ul>
  58. 58. <ul><li>Publishing work we have done on a broad range of channels
  59. 59. Acquiring funding for “document creation” events, sprints and publication
  60. 60. Publishing books online with an official ISBN
  61. 61. Creating audio books and Android book apps
  62. 62. Printing books by using low cost printing advantage in Asia
  63. 63. ‘ Please add your idea here’ </li></ul><ul>Supporting the Community </ul>
  64. 64. Tools, Guidelines, Working Models
  65. 65. Tools, Guidelines, Working Models (More Ideas to Create Documentation Freely and Efficiently)
  66. 66. <ul><li>a) Use wikis and CMS (The flossmanuals talk is just after this talk)
  67. 67. b) Use shared folders (It is relatively easy to set up a shared folder on a Linux server or we can use tools like Dropbox.
  68. 68. c) Explore new ways to collaborate, e.g. Git for designers (I am looking forward to the talk of OSP)
  69. 69. d) Save all source data in the original format and make it available as well (e.g. Gimp xcf as well as .jpg if you have a sample in your documentation) </li></ul><ul>Tools, Guidelines, Working Models </ul>
  70. 70. <ul><li>e) License your work as freely as possible. Maybe some people want to translate it, print it out and sell it. You could be supporting people in emerging countries to make a living!
  71. 71. f) Learn from the programmers and set up “documentation sprints”, just like code sprints, that we see at events like the Ubuntu developer summit twice a year. We would like to organize a Libre Graphics book sprint just after FOSSASIA and would be happy to welcome you.
  72. 72. g) Use exclusively free tools to create the documentation </li></ul><ul>Tools, Guidelines, Working Models </ul>
  73. 73. Hong Phuc Dang hp@fossasia.org fossasia.org // opendesign.asia Please get in touch with me, if you are interested to work together on documentation or if you have an idea for cooperation. I would be very happy to talk to projects and discuss how I could help. I hope to see you in Vietnam at FOSSASIA 2011 from Nov. 11-13 or at any other time. We always have a free table for contributors in our company office in the Mekong delta. LGM 2011, Montreal HP.Dang, M.Behling Libre Graphics Global Documentation Project
  74. 74. Hong Phuc Dang hp@fossasia.org FOSSASIA Nov. 11-13, Vietnam fossasia.org Thank you.

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