[OSM-talk] The Open Source OpenStreetMap Book
ian.dees at gmail.com
Sun Oct 23 07:41:02 BST 2011
On Sat, Oct 22, 2011 at 10:57 PM, Jaakko Helleranta.com <
jaakko at helleranta.com> wrote:
> I don't have a good enough internet access at hand here but a few thoughts:
> * excellent!
> * if/since u go the open source way for the book (which LearnOSM.org is
> too, eih?):
It is open source right now.
> - would it make any sense to still keep it in a/the wiki and go "the
> WikiTravel" way creating an OSM version. Of the WikiTravelPress where a
> designated set of wikipages is set to create a book(let) that can b ordered
> from Amazon with the latest (in WikiTravel I think it's approximately
> monthly??) updates.
> ... MediaWiki's wiki-to-PDF feature/plugin(?) would b a good addition to
> the selection palette (not sure if the osm currently has that..).
I just learned about MediaWiki's collection extension today, but I still
think it's way too easy to get crappy, unhelpful content on a wiki. A book
or "monolithic document" behaves more like a releasable software project:
accepting patches and bugs and is easier to write to a specific audience
rather than a bunch of "if this, then do that"'s.
The wiki is a great way to collect lots of ideas for documentation, but if
we don't have anyone grooming the wiki then it quickly grows unhelpful.
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