Open Source: how to contribute
This page aims at describing how to contribute to the Open
Source resources page. If you want to contribute to the Open Source
movement, you will find links to on-going projects at the same location.
The philosophy behind this inventory is to speed up the learning curve
of choosing the Open Source modules you might need to build a project and
to try to avoid duplicate efforts. As such, only projects with some results
should be part of this inventory. The current status, contact details,
objectives, technologies used, mailing list, archives, projects in which
it is re-used, ... are among the useful data to be collected.
To accomplish its goals, this page should
These are just a few ideas to describe the current philosophy.
be well-structured and indexed for different points of views. An underlying
XML structure and Trove-like mapping would be a first TODO. A perl transmogrifier
would come handy to generate the HTML content off-line.
be updated by the project co-ordinators for the projects or by volunteers
for the local projects, news, ... in the different countries. A SourceForge
project was started at http://sourceforge.net/project/?group_id=2595
but still lacks all information. At short term, this should be the repository.
be Open Source in all aspects: generation by Open Source tools and Open
Source content (e.g. no GIF - use gif2png if you really want to add images,
no links to Amazon).
be readable by a majority of web browsers (predominance of text with simple
formatting). Use of advanced techniques only if it doesn't hurt or if a
lighter HTML version can be automatically generated.
be also up-to-date. Links participated to the global entropy by quickly
becoming stale. A script to nightly check validity of all links (for example,
by adding attributes to the anchor such as last_time_accessed, last_modified)
could be useful to list stale links or, on the contrary, very active links
(in a section 'new' with the possibility of choosing since when...).
be attributable. It should be possible to track all contributions (currently,
contributions are inside comments before the contribution iteself. A XML
tagging would again alleviate this work).
be complete (to the extent such a document can be): a lot of links has
still to be added.
be open-minded. I look forward to reviews of software, papers, books that
make the foundation.
Be welcome to contribute.
The original web page is available at http://homeusers.brutele.be/ypaindaveine/opensource/OS_philosophy.html.
Please send comments, contributions to ypaindaveine at brutele dot be
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