open source writers group


    The following is a list of editors who have expressed interest in volunteering to work on documentation for Open Source projects. If you are involved in such a project that needs editors, you should contact one or more of the people listed below to see if they're interested in helping out.

    If you are an editor who would like to be added to this list of volunteers, please send a note.

Deb Richardson
    Two years professional writing experience, working with Word, RoboHelp, SGML/XML single-sourcing techniques, Component-Based Information Design (CBID), HTML. Major projects: documentation for the OmniMark programming language (OmniMark 4.0, OmniMark 5), and the OmniMark Integrated Development Environment. Founder of the Open Source Writers Group and LinuxChix ( Currently working for The Puffin Group.
Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier
    2.5 years experience with Linux; B.A. Degree in English; B.A. Degree in Communications/Journalism; experience writing for broadcast news; 3 years HTML; writing & editing publications for, as well as marketing.
Kevin Cullis
    Interested in working as a writer or editor, particularly on cross-platform stuff (ie: Netatalk) -- anything that shares information between different platforms and computers. Writing experience includes writing policy and procedures for the military as well as articles for newspapers.
David Scott
    Fifteen years of professional IT & technical writing experience. Tools include FrameMaker, Forehelp, HTML Help, Word, Cindex. I am the editor of "Coast Lines", the STC (Society of Technical Communicators) Canada West Coast newsletter. Specific interests include help systems, indexing, and localization issues. I hold a B.Sc. and a certificate in technical writing.
Danny O. Escasa
    Former Technical Editor of PC World Philippines, where I wrote PC Clinic, a help and technical advice column. Experience with solutions for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), interested in enterprise environments. Have used OS/2 and Windows 95 (not my choice ;-) on the desktop, starting out with FreeBSD on the desktop.
Douglas Robinson
    I hold both B.A. and M.A. degrees in English with experience in review writing. On the technical side, I hold a CNE certification and can code in multiple languages, including C. I have a great deal of experience in systems management, and understand the need for clear, concise documentation.
Larry Kollar
    Nearly 17 years of technical writing experience, some of which related to products working on Unix systems. Extensive background in data communications. Familiar with troff, MS Word, FrameMaker, HTML. Learning XML as time allows. Scripting skills include awk, AppleScript, and TCL/Tk. Wrote short utilities in C, but not lately.

    Past contributions include HOWTOs for NetBSD - mac68k. Currently have access to MkLinux, LinuxPPC, and MacOS systems.

    I'm not afraid of the console prompt, and I don't mind wading around in code (with a little orientation).

James Ervin
    I'm a tech writer at a health plan in North Texas. One year of experience writing Mainframe and PC help and developing Intranet sites. Use Word, RoboHelp, FrameMaker, and Dreamweaver. For seven years I taught composition literature at the community college level. I'm obsessed with Linux and interested in web design tools, and, lately, in cryptography. But I'll document anything that feeds my obsession.
Douglas J. Hunley
    I've got a BS in CIS, minored in English.
Brian V. McGroarty
    "OSS' first Readability and Document Character expert." I know how to make your document come alive - is your text snooze-proof and are key details memorable? Most interested in programs aimed at general users, but willing to provide a rough first-pass edit on system utilities. Employed in the entertainment industry, comfortable with FreeBSD and RH.
Eric Raijmakers
    (almost) Finished post-graduate designers programme. Have had training in technical writing and editing as part of this programme. Have experience with most programming languages. Have experience with Word, LaTeX, etc. I prefer LaTeX, since it allows you to focus on content, not layout. Use Linux for about 3 years now. Main interests: different window managers, file browsers, KDE, GNOME.
Theresa Flynn
    I have a BA in English & History, and 2+ years writing software documentation on Unix systems using FrameMaker. Mostly GIS image processing and 3D visualization, as well as other remote sensing software packages. I've always done editing. I'd mainly be interested in documenting anything for Linux PPC, since that's what we run on the Mac at home. I like to use the software I'm documenting, just to make sure I get the necessary information from the developers.
Craig Paterson
    4 years studying Computer Science at Aberdeen University. Experience programming in C, C++, Perl, PHP, JavaScript (among others) on a Unix platform. Highly proficient HTML, DHTML, and general command of web technologies.

    Currently Webmaster of the UK arm of a major computing Web site. Additionally, write reviews and technical articles for PC Magazine UK, PC Gaming World (UK) on a regular basis. Trained in sub-editing, and act as technical consultant and editor for news team.

    I rarely have time to commit to long-term coding efforts outside of work, so writing and editing seems like an ideal way to contribute to the Open Source community.

Mike Simpson
    Currently Senior Programmer/Analyst in the Division of Information Technology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Formerly a Senior Instructor in the Training Division of Bluestone Software, Inc. Seven years of experience writing and teaching in the IT field. BA in Communications from the Annenberg School of the University of Pennsylvania. Broad OS (AIX/Solaris/Linux, BeOS, WinNT) and programming (C/C++, Perl, Python, Scheme, SQL) knowledge.
Steve Tornio
    I've been running Linux exclusively for a reasonably short time (six months or so (as of June 1999)), and I've found that the most effective way for me to learn is to write what I know for others. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in English, and work as an NT admin, so my writing and networking skills are fairly keen, and I'm always eager to learn more.
Russ Goring
    'm a technical project manager at a large European investment bank, who still gets a chance to do real work! As such, I have broad technical skills, and am intimately familiar with user and techy focused documentation. In a previous working life I used to write and present techncial training courses - everything from basic Unix skills, through C++ and on to Unix/RDBMS administration.
Federico Lucifredi
    My previous experience includes working as a Teaching Assistant in Computer Science, and authoring several articles regarding computer technology in both English and Italian. My technology knowledge extends to several programming languages (C, C++, Pascal, Java, Perl, Fortran, and X86 assembly) that I used on a variety of platforms (Digital Unix, Dox/Win, Linux, Solaris, Irix) and machines (Alpha, Ix86, SPARC, MIPS). I am interested in a zillion branches of IT, particularly Groupware and human-machine interfaces. As for technolgy, Java, KDE/Qt, GNOME/gtk, and almost any network-related stuff takes my attention. Currently participating in the Italian Linux Documentation project.
Robin Miller
    Senior Editor and Columnist for online. Linux user. Capable of translating geek-speak into English while retaining original meaning. Accurate proofreader. Over 10 years hard-core non-fiction writing and editing experience. Can also provide PR help for worthy open source projects. (Limited availability due to crushing workload at Andover and many freelance commitments.)
Ryan Bridges
    I am a 20-year-old GNU/Linux enthusiast with extensive experience in all areas of the operating system. My interests are the Linux Kernel, PERL, Advanced Technology, Security, Cryptography, Programming, and Games. I am Co-author of Upgrading and Repairing PCs, Linux Edition. My interests go far and wide, and I am always eager to see new software.
Stacy Brown
    I have several years experience as a Unix admin (most flavors of Linux, FreeBSD, BSDI, and Solaris). I'm also experienced with C, C++, Perl, and some Javascript. I love to write, but due to time constraints, I have to limit myself to proofreading and editing for readability lately. I can edit for general readership or techies, whichever is needed.
Kelly Martin
    I have an undergrad degree in general studies and am currently a law student with all the writing experience that entails. I also used to edit, type, and proofread papers professionally (before going to law school). I've been using Linux since 1996 and Unix since 1987, and was a system administrator (VMS) for two years.
Valerie Yates
    I've been a tech editor for the last 6 years.

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