Register now for SFU Sprint

January 21st, 2019 by  | 2 Comments

Are you an OJS, OMP, OCS or OHS user? Do you have ideas on how to make these products better? Then get ready to sprint! The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) invites you to our SFU Sprint May 6-7, 2019 in our hometown of Vancouver, Canada. And because PKP doesn’t exist without you – our community of users – registration is free and dinner is on us.

Sprints are a great opportunity to meet like-minded colleagues, get hands on experience, and learn more about our software. Sprints aren’t just a place to share ideas – the work you do has a direct impact on the development of PKP software. Though much of the work is technical in nature, there are opportunities for non-technical contributors as well.

Simon Fraser University (SFU), Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

Sprints run unconference-style with topics proposed by the group. In the past, we’ve focused on OJS including hacking in experimental features, building documentation, performing usability tests, and exploring new releases. 


Monday, May 6, 2019

9am-10:30am  Introduction and planning
10:30am-11am       Coffee (Provided)
11am-12:30pm Team Work
12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch (Provided)
1:30pm – 3pm Team Work
3pm-3:30pm Coffee (Provided)
3:30pm-4:45pm Team Work
4:45pm-5pm Wrap Up
6pm onward Dinner (Provided – Restaurant to be determined)

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

9am – 9:15am Questions, Discussion
9:15am-10:30am Team Work
10:30am-11am Coffee (Provided)
11am-12:30pm Team Work
12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch (Provided)
1:30pm-3pm Team Work
3pm-3:30pm Team Reports / Wrap up

Proposed Topics
The first order of business at a sprint is to choose projects. Projects are based on attendee shared interests. We’ve seen the most success with small size projects that have teamwork potential and include a mix of both technical, and non-technical, tasks. Here’s a few ideas generated from past sprints and community interest:

  • Server infrastructure (docker)
  • Translation tools
  • UI/UX
  • Rewarding reviewers using OJS and ORCID
  • Watermarking PDFs
  • Rewriting the OJS Technical Reference
  • JATS XML reader environment
  • User documentation
  • Accessibility
  • Dead code hunt

FREE! Registration is now closed.

Aligned Events
The PKP Sprint will be held in advance of the Library Publishing Coalition Forum and the CARL Advancing Open meeting — both also held at SFU’s Harbour Centre campus. Why not spend the whole week in beautiful Vancouver and attend all three! Participants can attend Day 1 only to accommodate other events.

Special thanks to SFU Library for assisting with local arrangements.

If you have any questions, please get in touch.




2 Comments on "Register now for SFU Sprint"

  1. Hello all,

    Can the sprint be attended remotely?

    • Marisa Tutt says:

      This is an in-person event. If you know someone attending you could connect with them to collaborate.

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