Open Source and Tech Writing

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10 Whitechapel High St

10 Whitechapel High St · London

How to find us

Choose Aldgate (Circle line, Metropolitan line) or Aldgate East stations (District line, Hammersmith & the City line) Address: Government Digital Service The Whitechapel Building 10 Whitechapel High St London

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Happy 2019!

We're excited to welcome Sarah Maddox (Google) to the next meetup. She'll be presenting a talk called "Open Source and Technical Writing".

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. Learn about Google’s new *Season of Docs* program (, which fosters collaboration between tech writers and open source projects. If you're a tech writer interested in open source docs, this new program may be right up your street!

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 venue

Since GDS UK is a government building, we have to provide the attendee list to the reception 48 hours before. Make sure you sign up for the meetup if you come, and if you know you can't attend, please cancel in time so others can take your place. Thanks!