[IAEP] Book sprint aug 16-23

Edward Cherlin echerlin at gmail.com
Wed Jul 9 06:31:51 CEST 2008

Would somebody forward this to discuss at lists.flossmanuals.net?

Unfortunately I have a prior commitment as Staff at Solfest at that
time, so I'm out unless you are willing for me to show up late. I'll
be happy to help organize and to look at the work in progress after I
get back home on Aug. 18, or to fly out on the 19th.

On Tue, Jul 8, 2008 at 8:38 PM, David Farning <dfarning at sugarlabs.org> wrote:
> Seems like we have support for the idea of a book sprint.

Can we work out a succinct but sufficiently complete :) description of
the project?

* What are we writing or otherwise creating? (Sugar Users Manual--describe)

* With what tools?

* What skills are needed? (Write, edit, proofread, illustrate, do
document conversions, globalize...?)

* In what formats?

* Who is the audience?

* What are the educational goals?

* What happens to the finished product? (publishing, translation, use
in trials or deployments...?)

If so, I can shop it to a few sites and mailing lists where writers
and educators hang out.

> Considerations:
> Time - Version .82 will be released Aug 10th. Is it worth it to try to
> hit that release date?  As much as I would like to say yes, we should
> not push things too fast.  My key goal in setting up the sprint is to
> create a _concrete_ event where people can come together to and help
> OLPC.  Let's take our time and use this as a test run at community.
> Location - Seth mentioned the availability of space at the OLPC's
> offices.  That would be great if it were possible.  The marketing angle
> of volunteers coming together to olpc's offices for a sprint would be
> great.
> The Big question is would Adam and Anne feel comfortable running the
> sprint on OLPC's turf.  Adam and Anne are the domain experts.   We need
> to give them the room to leverage the OLPC effort and enthusiasm against
> FM's experience.
> Participantes -
> Anne Gentle - Texas
> Adam Hyde  - Netherlands
> David Farning - Wisconsin
> Walter Bender - East coast
> Greg Dekoenigsberg - ?
> Others - ??

Ed Cherlin - Cupertino, CA (Silicon Valley)

> I will gladly step aside to let a better writer take my spot;)
> Funding - Between $500 - $1250 per person.
> I'll do the leg work, but cold calls from dfarning won't be worth much;(
> Talking to book publishers-- Is FM interested in going that direction?

I have been talking to publishers. There is definitely interest. We
could pitch a book series, in fact, now that we have credible customer
numbers. Books for developers, educators, parents, children...We could
talk to the state of Illinois about a commissioned curriculum and a
set of free electronic "textbooks" to go with HB5000, The Children's
Low-Cost Laptop Act.

> How about setting a tentative date for Aug 16-23?
> thanks
> dfarning
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