[@OKau] opensourced tech specs

Noon Silk noonslists at gmail.com
Wed May 20 01:17:35 UTC 2015

Some communities use wiki's to document technical specs, for example GHC:

Note that with Wiki's on github, you don't approve changes, you just get to
see them. But really, this is a feature.

The big problem with documentation is it going stale; so I'd see part of
your job as project organiser to keep the documentation update, and in a
standard format (when people do add to it, you may need to edit it).

Largely, though, you might be able to get by with just using issues;
documenting features in there, and implementing as required.

Either way, I think hosting everything on a platform like github, and
encouraging involvement in that way is quite a good idea.


On Wed, May 20, 2015 at 10:57 AM, Rosie Williams <budgetaus at hotmail.com>

>  Hi all,
> I'm thinking about how to go about my future projects. I intend to
> crowdsource requirements from the public. I anticipate that my projects
> (and feature requests) will become more complex and involve more datasets
> as people realise the potential of this.
> Given that I intend to source many requirements publicly through virtual
> and face to face events, and given the anticipated complexity of the
> projects I'm wondering if I should have an open technical specification
> along with open sourcing the code.
> I was wondering what people think about using git hub for this, perhaps
> the wiki? Are there better options? Ideally I'd like the growing community
> interested in any of the data/projects to be able to move easily between
> discussing things publicly and if they are so inclined, adding to the tech
> spec.
> I'm assuming I'd still have the option to add or reject changes if I need
> that. I haven't used git much for working with other people, at least not
> in a truly collaborative fashion (more like each person in their own corner
> doing their own thing & submitting updates). However I'm envisioning a very
> collaborative approach to my future projects so I need to think about how
> this affects documentation. I haven't used documentation with my other
> recent projects as it's just been me but things are getting pretty complex
> now so I think I'll need it.
> Examples of the kinds of projects are coming online at http://ausgov.org
> I put up the ACNC charities data yesterday at
> http://www.ausgov.org/commonwealth/charities/index.php and I'm linking in
> charity name & ABN's with QLD DCCSDS funding results & Commonwealth DSS
> grants funding results. There's also tenders data results that can be
> added. While I can't run queries across any two of these databases on my
> shared server as they take too long (can be done on my local server though)
> , I can link from one to the other using urls created through search
> results to define parameters.
> So you get this kind of result
> http://www.ausgov.org/commonwealth/charities/index.php?ABN=11062802797&submit=Go Then
> you can click through to see the result from the grants funding database-
> at least with the QLD DCCSDS data. (Commonwealth grants site is not
> linked in as of writing but the db is there to produce a result).
> thanks in advance,
> Rosie Williams BA (Sociology)
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