WTD London meetup March 2019

The Write the Docs London meetup group is excited to welcome Sarah Maddox (Google) to its next meetup. She'll be presenting a talk about Open Source and Technical Writing.

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About the talk

Open source is great. Some of the world’s most-used software is open source: the Linux operating system, Firefox web browser, LibreOffice, Apache web server, to name but a few well-known brands. Large companies like Microsoft, Google, Red Hat, and IBM contribute to as well as use open source code. Open source ideology is great too. People share code in public repositories, collaborate on making the code better, invite others to join their communities… and all too often, expect those newcomers to understand the product, the code, and the community’s values with very little good documentation.

Why the dearth of good docs? Because writing documentation is hard. But wait… there are people who know how to do it well! Join us to hear how tech writing skills are essential to the world of open source, and how rewarding it is for a tech writer to contribute to open source projects.

About Sarah

Sarah Maddox is a technical writer at Google. Her current focus is on open source documentation, specifically for Kubeflow. Outside of work you'll often find Sarah strolling around the Australian bush, keeping a lookout for birds and other wildlife.

About the author

Kristof van Tomme

CEO, Co-founder

Kristof Van Tomme is an open source strategist and architect. He is the CEO and co-founder of Pronovix. He’s got a degree in bioengineering and is a regular speaker at conferences in the API, DevRel, and technical writing communities. For a few years now he’s been building bridges between the documentation and Drupal community. He is co-organiser of the London Write the Docs meetup, and cheerleader for the Amsterdam and Brussels Write the Docs meetup groups. This year he is working on a number of new initiatives to help API product owners learn from their peers (API the Docs and the API product owner masterminds).