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OSGeo-Live Quickstart Hackathon - Wrappup

18 February 2013

As we are wrapping up the OSGeo-Live 6.5 release, it is worth taking stock of the progress made during our recent OSGeo-Live Quickstart Hackaton. This was kicked off by a 48 hour intensive hackathon, followed up by a couple of weeks, addressing issues found.

Our aim was to "... bring OSGeo-Live documentation quality up one notch, by putting the Quickstarts through the same comprehensive testing and review that we have provided for our Project Overviews". We set up a comprehensive 3 tier review process, ensuring that

  • All steps from quickstarts have been updated by the original author,
  • The quickstarts have been tested by an independent person,
  • And quickstarts have been reviewed for usability and consistency.

And the results:

  • at least 24 people joined the hackfest
  • Out of 62 Quickstart documents:
    • 40 were brought in line with the latest 6.5 OSGeo-Live release
    • 28 were externally reviewed
    • 12 were comprehensively updated for readability and consistency. These included most of the high profile OSGeo projects.

And what did we learn?

  • There is a lot of work involved in reviewing all these documents. We were spending in the order of 2 to 16 hours per quickstart for a comprehensive review. This is quite a bit of time when considering there are 62 documents.
  • "Many hands might light work". The many contributors ensured we made some great progress on this task.
  • We still haven't finished, but we are now in a good position to bring the docs in line for the next OSGeo-Live release, version 7.0.

Participants

Thanks to all the contributors. (I think there are a few more contributors who didn't register)

  • Cameron Shorter
  • Angelos Tzotsos
  • Hamish Bowman
  • Brian Hamlin
  • Alex Mandel
  • Javi Sanchez
  • Jorge Gaspar Sanz Salinas
  • Sergio Baños Calvo
  • Alexander Muriy
  • Micha Silver
  • Stephan Meissl
  • David Mateos Pascual
  • Roberto Antolín
  • Andrea Yanza
  • Javier Luque
  • Yansa Tejada
  • Agustín Diez
  • Henry Addo
  • Astrid Emde
  • Eike Hinderk Jürrens
  • James Klassen
  • Argyros Argyridis
  • Maria Vakalopoulou
  • Alexander Muriy