Season of Docs introduction and list of our Project Ideas

We're presenting our project to the new Season of Docs program by Google. It looks forward to foster collaboration between open source projects and technical writers and it's happening for the first time in 2019.
We thank Google Open Source for having such as initiatives that helps the OS worlds continue evolving.

The description of the program, in Google own's words:

"Season of Docs is a unique program that pairs technical writers with open source mentors to introduce the technical writer to an open source community and provide guidance while the writer works on a real world open source project. The technical writer in turn provides documentation expertise to the open source organization.

Projects can cover a wide range of fields including Cloud computing, operating systems, graphics, medicine, programming languages, robotics, science, security and many more. Season of Docs is not a recruiting program or an internship but it does provide an invaluable experience and looks great on a resume!

From April 30, 2019 you can see the list of participating open source organizations on the Season of Docs website at g.co/seasonofdocs. The application period for technical writers opens on May 29, 2019 and ends on June 28, 2019."

Read here the program timeline.






Information about our open source organization:

Organization name: Liquid Galaxy project.
Organization description:
Liquid Galaxy project maintains and develops applications on the originally developed by Google as a 20% time project by engineer Jason Holt, it delivers panoramic views across multiple displays and computers.
The Liquid Galaxy (LG) is a remarkable panoramic system that is tremendously compelling. LG hardware consists of one or more computers driving multiple displays. LG applications have been developed using a master/slave architecture.

Our open source repository: https://github.com/LiquidGalaxyLAB/
Our contact email address: liquidgalaxylab at gmail dotcom





Project Ideas for Season of Docs 2019




1: Liquid Galaxy for Education manual (LGxEDU)

(Logo credit: Google Code-in 2018 student Yuhan)

Our LGxEDU project has a big ambition: have a version of our application able to run on already owned Chromebook laptops.
Google for Education has a complete solution of software (GSuite and Classroom) that is being deployed in hundreds of thousands schools around the globe. Usually this solutions runs on Chromebooks, laptops computers based in simple and fast Google Chrome OS operating system. 
The idea is that a school that wants to have our system running does not need to expend any money, reusing his Chromebooks and a Android or Chrome OS tablet.
Next to this, and the key, is the Android application that allows teachers to create geographical  and historical contents in quizzes and games that will show up over the Liquid Galaxy screens. The app will also have the capability of sharing the contents with other teachers, creating a world community.

The project has two parts, one is for the technical responsible of the school, the one that has to install the system on the Chromebooks, and the other the description of the Android app, from three point of views: contents creators, teachers using it, and students using it, each one written in a different style.

We think a manual covering all of this will be a good add-on if we want schools adopt it.

Notice that this is a not finished project (at the moment of writing this words, april 2019), but with real plans to have it fully finished on time for the Season of Docs start on sept 2, 2019.


You can browse our site for other linked interested applications, such as the use of Google Assistant on the project with a nicely designed 3d printed special support.

Github link to the open source project.

Look at how it works in our Alpha demo video:
English
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Al1aFGvoU6I
Spanish
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdCagRZjMEg&t=2s
Short demo running on real Chromebooks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpMSddWZsBY

Download the Liquid Galaxy for Education app from the our drive
(it's safe to download ! Not in Play Store due to Alpha status)
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1zuEcIl9Ht9QGCmSofI6JqePymbVE0lKr

Download the code from our github repository and play with the application
https://github.com/LiquidGalaxyLAB/Liquid-Galaxy-for-Education-Controller

Take a look at the original MOQUP design
https://app.moqups.com/LGxEDU/ZvLP8PoNLG/view









2: Liquid Galaxy controller manual

(Logo credit: Xavier Qui)

Since 2015 we have an Android application that acts as a the main user interface of our systems.
The users also have a Space Navigator 3d joystick for 3d movements.

This application has a internal html manual written by the programmers (credit: original code Rafael Durán, Google Summer of Code 2015 student, and refurbishing version Ivan Josa, Google Summer of Code 2017 student), but need to be delivered in a better way, both technically speaking and giving better user interface explanations.

The app has two parts, one is for the technical responsible of the Liquid Galaxy where it's gonna be used, and the other for the users interacting with the Liquid Galaxy.

We also think having a nicer manual covering both parts it's a must for the project. 


Notice that maybe we'll have a newer version when the Season of Docs start on sept 2, as we're having proposals for actual Google Summer of Code for our idea of having a even newer version, that will be focus on rebuilding the user interface, as the functionalities will be almost the same, while upgrading the code to Flutter, a never mobile SDK from Google.

You can take a look at this video explaining the app from initial developer Rafa Duran student, and also you can download the app from Play Store.

Github link to the open source project.

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