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Wednesday, November 2 • 2:40pm - 3:05pm
A Great Babbling Bazaar: an approach to developing software for open textbooks

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Pressbooks is the open source book creation platform used by many Open Textbook projects, including BCcampus, OpenSUNY, Open Oregon among others. Established work flows, tools and technologies used in the creation and maintenance of open source software provides one model that can inform what is likely necessary when creating open educational resources. Both having the tools and knowing how to organize people and resources towards accomplishing mutually beneficial goals is relevant for makers of things.

A bazaar conjures up images of variety and abundance which is relevant to the number of ideas and agendas that people bring to the table on a collaborative project. This is something we are tapping into with the development community that is growing around Pressbooks. The tools and workflows that are used to capture this diversity and produce meaningful things will be of interest to other makers and managers of openly licensed material.

Feedback is important in any open source project and helps inform the development direction and focus. Attendees will be encouraged to participate by discussing features, problems, and will be invited to join us in exploring how we can grow and improve the open source development community around Pressbooks.

Brad Payne, Senior Technical Analyst at BCcampus and Hugh McGuire, Founder of Pressbooks will talk about the development roadmap of Pressbooks, challenges and possibilities.

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Hugh McGuire

Executive Director, Rebus / Pressbooks
I like the web / books / open. I've (helped) build some communities and tools over the years, including: LibriVox.org, Pressbooks.org and rebus.community.
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Brad Payne

Technical Analyst, BCcampus
Brad Payne is currently the lead developer for the Open Textbook Project whose work focuses on open source software using PHP (LAMP). When not contributing to other developers’ projects on github, he builds his own and invites participation. Through exploiting API’s and with a... Read More →

Wednesday November 2, 2016 2:40pm - 3:05pm EDT