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Write Code. Save Lives.

OpenMRS is excited to be a mentoring organization for Google Summer of Docs™ 2019! Since 2007, we've enjoyed participating in this great program and we're extremely excited about the projects and mentorship opportunities available this year. Coding for OpenMRS is a great way to practice your coding skills and, at the same time, help benefit people in developing countries who are on the front lines of the battle against HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, and other public health challenges. For a more detailed history of who were are and what we do, please see here.

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Welcome to Season of Docs!

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Fostering open source collaboration with technical writers

Current phase:
Program announced. See timeline.

The goals of Season of Docs are to give technical writers an opportunity to gain experience in contributing to open source projects, and to give open source projects an opportunity to engage the technical writing community.

During the program, technical writers spend a few months working closely with an open source community. They bring their technical writing expertise to the project's documentation, and at the same time learn about open source and new technologies.

The open source projects work with the technical writers to improve the project's documentation and processes. Together they may choose to build a new documentation set, or redesign the existing docs, or improve and document the open source community's contribution procedures and onboarding experience.

Together, we raise public awareness of open source docs, of technical writing, and of how we can work together to the benefit of the global open source community.

Program Timeline

See here for more info on the full GSoD 2019 program timeline.

  • PASSED March 11, 2019 Season of Docs program announced
  • NOW April 2, 2019 at 20:00 UTC Mentoring organizations can begin submitting applications to Google
  • AWAITING April 23, 2019 at 20:00 UTC Deadline for organization applications
  • AWAITING April 30, 2019 at 12:00 UTC April 30, 2019 at 12:00 UTC Google publishes the list of accepted mentoring organizations
  • AWAITING April 30 - May 28, 2019 UTC Interested technical writers discuss project ideas with mentoring organizations
  • AWAITING  May 29, 2019 at 18:00 UTC Start of technical writer application period
  • AWAITING July 30, 2019 at 18:00 UTC Google announces the accepted technical writer projects
  • AWAITING August 1 - September 1, 2019 Technical writers get to know mentors, get up to speed with the open source organization, and refine their projects in collaboration with mentors
  • AWAITING September 2, 2019 Doc development officially begins!
  • AWAITINGSeptember 2, 2019 - November 22, 2019 Technical writers work on their project with guidance from mentors
  • AWAITING November 25 - 29, 2019 at 18:00 UTC Final week: Technical writers submit their final work products and their mentor evaluations
  • AWAITING December 10, 2019  December 10, 2019  Google announces the results of Season of Docs 2019
  • AWAITING February 24 - 28, 2020 at 18:00 UTCFinal week for long-running projects: technical writers and mentors submit their final work products and evaluations
  • AWAITINGMarch 6, 2020 Google adds the long-running projects to the results of Season of Docs 2019

How does it work?

Here's the high-level workflow of the Season of Docs program:

  • Open source organizations apply to be mentor organizations in this year's Season of Docs. They may submit a list of documentation project ideas with their applications.

  • Technical writers explore the list of participating organizations and choose the projects that interest them. A technical writer may contact the relevant organizations to discuss their ideas. The technical writer then writes up a project proposal and submits it to Season of Docs.

  • The organizations confirm the technical writing projects that they want to mentor.

  • The accepted technical writers spend a few months working with mentors from the open source organizations to complete their projects.

  • At the end of the program, the Google program administrators announce the projects that finished successfully.

The timeline shows the details of the steps involved and the key dates.

Participants and roles

Below are the primary groups of people who take part in Season of Docs and the role each group plays in the program:

  • Organization administrators are members of the participating open source organizations who act as the principal Season of Docs contact for their organization. The organization administrators submit the organization’s application to take part in Season of Docs, manage the mentors within their organizations, make sure the technical writing projects stay on track, handle the paperwork, and manage the distribution of the mentor stipend. See the administrator guide and responsibilities

  • Open source mentors are members of the participating open source organizations who’re accepted as mentors for this year’s Season of Docs. The mentors work closely with the technical writers to help ensure a successful project. See the mentor guide and responsibilities.

  • Technical writers are technical writers worldwide who’re accepted to take part in this year’s Season of Docs. Applicants must be able to demonstrate prior technical writing experience by submitting role descriptions and work samples. See the technical writer guide and responsibilities.

  • Google program administrators are program managers within Google who run the Season of Docs program.

Expectations of Technical Writers

Project Ideas

Project NameMentorWiki Page
Create Github Documentation for REST API

Developing Document templates for all OMRS content

Review and Refactor existing Wiki to be more User profile driven

Next steps

  • Join the announcement mailing list at season-of-docs-announce to stay informed about when applications open and other important program events.
  • Check the timeline for important dates and milestones.
  • Introduction
  • Program Timeline
  • Project Ideas
  • Participants and Roles
  • Expectations of Technical Writers
  • Expectations of Mentors
  • Have Additional Questions ?
  • Application Requirements & Questions
  • Get started by registering as a participant, whether you're a technical writer or a member of an open source project.
  • Read the FAQ if you have any questions.
  • Contact us if you need more help or want to join the discussions.

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