FoCAS Book Sprint
The second Book Sprint in the Book Sprints for ICT Research series started in Malta. The participants are 5 scholars brought together by the FoCAS project (Fundamentals of Collective Adaptive Systems), one of them participating remotely.
On the first day, the group decided to write an inspirational book on collective adaptive systems for students that captures the diverse and interdisciplinary perspectives present, ranging from computational science, artificial intelligence, robotics, large systems design, and evolutionary computing to biology and philosophy. After going through a comprehensive conceptual session they paired up to outline the structure of the introduction on collectivity and adaptation. The content of the introduction was fleshed out by the evening of day one.
After breakfast of day two, the group then mapped out the contents of the first book section. They chose the title “Why bother?” and four provocative examples to answer why collective adaptive systems matter. The content of this chapter was finished by dinner. After dinner, we went into another conceptual session defining the next chapter they would like to write and settled on goal-oriented versus goalless systems.
On day three, writing on the second section began after breakfast and finished by lunchtime. In the meantime, the written chapters entered the reviewing process with an editor Sandra Sarala proofreading and the remote participant checking the content.
This Book Sprint is part of a series testing Book Sprints in the production of academic publications. It is facilitated by Adam Hyde and accompanied by researcher Rachel Baker.
More photos of the Book Sprint can be found here : http://www.flickr.com/photos/101584348@N06/
Safari Books Book Sprint go!
Safari Books Book Sprint was completed today in Boston. 10 of the top Safari Books crew came together to create documentation about their PubFactory platform. The result is the book “PubFactory: An Overview and Content Implementation Guide.” The Book Sprint was facilitated by Adam Hyde with assistance by trainee Barbara Rühling.
Safari Books Book Sprint team at work.
The first day we worked through the scope and structure of the documentation. It was a great day of discussions. We began writing the different sections in the afternoon of day one – by the end of day two, the group had written twenty thousand words. On day three and four, fleshing out these sections continued, while finished sections entered the review process.
Waiting for the final outcome.
Part of the group then proceeded to structure and write a format reference for the different formats in the PubFactory platform. Others prepared the corresponding screenshots and images. Throughout the process, the chapters were consistently checked for coherence and readability. On the fifth day, the format reference was polished up and a PDF version prepared. We finished the book on the fifth last day at 4:30pm sharp.
Thank you for a good Book Sprint!
Safari Books’ office in Boston.
More photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/101584348@N06/
Coming up in the next 2 weeks are two Book Sprints. The first is in Boston for Safari Books. We will be focusing on documentation about PubFactory. The second is to be held on the following week in Malta. The second Book Sprint is part of the Book Sprints for ICT Research project. Both Book Sprints are facilitated by Adam Hyde.
Books in Browsers 2013 just finished and it was a great event. The best event anywhere which explores the centers and peripheries of books and publishing. Below is a video of a presentation by Adam Hyde about Collaborative Knowledge Production before lunch on the first day (starts about 1/2 way through). Slides below.
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