GSOC Doc Camp

Google Summer of Code has been running with great success for six years – this year sees the number of organizations and software projects increase to 175, of which 50 are new and 1,115 students have been accepted to participate – from the about page:

GSOC is a global program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source software projects…Since its inception in 2005, the program has brought together over 4,500 students and more than 4,000 mentors & co-mentors from over 85 countries worldwide, all for the love of code. Through Google Summer of Code, accepted student applicants are paired with a mentor or mentors from the participating projects, thus gaining exposure to real-world software development scenarios and the opportunity for employment in areas related to their academic pursuits. In turn, the participating projects are able to more easily identify and bring in new developers. Best of all, more source code is created and released for the use and benefit of all.

This is the first time that GSOC has included a Doc Camp. Organised by Adam Hyde from the Flossmanuals, and it’s successor Booki, projects, it promises to not only improve free software documentation, but introduce participants to a new method of writing called the Book Sprint. Application close this Friday, so get in now if you want to go. I will be applying!

This is a call for proposals for the 2011 Google Summer of Code Doc Camp. Individuals and projects are invited to submit proposals for the GSoC Doc Camp to be held at Google’s Mountain View headquarters (California) 17 October – 21 October.

The GSoC Doc Camp is a place for documentors to meet, work on documentation and share their documentation experiences. The camp aims to improve free documentation materials and skills in GSoC projects and individuals and help form the identity of the emergent free documentation sector.

The Doc Camp will consist of 2 major components – an unconference and 3-5 short form Book Sprints to produce ‘Quick Start’ guides for specific GSoC projects.

The unconference will explore topics proposed by the participants. Any topic on free documentation of free software can be proposed for discussion during the event.

Each Quick Start Sprint will bring together 5-8 individuals to produce a book on a specific GSoC project. All participants of the Doc Camp must attend a sprint. The Quick Start books will be launched at the opening party for the GSoC Mentors summit immediately following the event.

Individuals with a passion for free documentation about free software may apply to attend by filling out the application form and submitting before 5 August, 2011. Those wishing to attend do not need to be from a GSoC project. Accommodation and food will be covered by the GSoC Doc Camp. Part or complete travel costs can also be applied for as part of the application process.

Quick Start Sprint projects will be chosen from proposals submitted to the GSoC Doc Camp before 5 August, 2011 through the application form. Applications for Quick Start Sprints are invited from projects that are part of the 2011 GSoC program. Quick Start Sprint proposals can nominate up to 5 individuals to attend and participate in the proposed sprint. A Quick Sprint proposal does not have to nominate individuals to participate – you can also use this as an opportunity to promote your project to Doc Camp participants. If the proposal is accepted the accommodation and food costs will be covered by the Doc Camp for any listed individuals and part or complete travel costs for each can be applied for (if applicable).

The GSoC Doc Camp is co-organised by GSoC and FLOSS Manuals. Books Sprints and unconference facilitation conducted by Adam Hyde.

If you have questions, please contact Carol Smith at and/or Adam Hyde at