Sprinting in Montreal

April 29th, 2016 by  | Comments Off on Sprinting in Montreal

For the past couple of years, PKP has been organizing a developer sprint, typically in the Spring and late Summer / early Fall. Although technically-focused, non-technical participants are always welcome and make important contributions to the practicality and usability of the technical work.

This week we completed our first sprint at the Université de Montréal, hosted by our good friends at Érudit. They did an amazing job of organizing all of the local requirements, including providing great food and finding us a wonderful restaurant for our group dinner on Monday night.

We had a record turnout this year, with over 20 people attending in-person, another 15 or so remotely via Skype, and about a dozen members of the PKP team. The sprint covered two full days, from Monday, April 25 to Tuesday, April 26.

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Run in an unconference style, the entire group proposed projects and voted on which they’d like to tackle. The result was 6 working groups:

  • ORCiD integration to OJS
  • XML parsing and editing with Substance.io
  • Building a Bootstrap theming framework for OJS 3/OMP 1.2
  • French translations for OJS 2 and preparing for OJS 3
  • Article-Level Metrics display using Chart.js
  • OJS 3 Documentation in Gitbook

Each group had a dedicated band of in-person and remote participants who, over two days, were able to produce some remarkable results and build in some valuable hooks to other open source projects.

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Over the next few days, each group will be posting on the PKP blog about their work and their outcomes, including links and screenshots to let you get a better look.

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We think you will be as impressed as we are by the quality of their work and their dedication to building free, open source software for everyone.

Watch for a sprint announcement this summer to learn about the next venue and exact dates — and consider joining us, either in-person or remotely. We hope to see you there.

Alec & Kevin

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