GSOD 2021: Technical Writing Project Proposal

Last week, we asked the community to vote on the technical writing project that has the most value and impact for OpenMRS.

What technical writing project will we propose?" The result: 29% voted for Sustainable OpenMRS Getting Started Guides. See this Talk thread for descriptions of each project and full voting results.

What happens now?

  1. Our aim is to have a proposal and budget drafted by the end of Monday, March 22, anywhere in the world.
  2. To give us enough time to integrate feedback, we’ll then give everyone until the end of Wednesday, March 24, anwhere in the world to review and make final comments.

What can you do? In addition to @gracebish, myself, and the Documentation Team, anyone is welcome to help us draft and/or review our proposal. You can make contributions and comments directly in the draft Google doc proposal below and/or join a working session.

Working sessions:

  • Thursday, March 18 at 5:30pm IST | 4pm Nairobi | 3pm Cape Town | 1pm UTC | 9am Boston | 6am Seattle
  • Friday, March 19 at 8:30pm IST | 6pm Nairobi | 5pm Cape Town | 3pm UTC | 11am Boston | 8am Seattle
  • Monday, March 22 at 9:30pm IST | 7pm Nairobi | 6pm Cape Town | 4pm UTC | 12pm Boston | 9am Seattle


If you’ve been following Google Season of Docs recently, you’ll know that this year, Google is taking a new approach. Instead of matching experienced technical writers with open source communities with technical writing projects, they are turning this into a small grant opportunity.

What does this mean for our community? We need to develop and submit a proposal with a budget for up to $15,000 by March 26, 2021. If our proposal is successful, then we’re responsible for recruiting & engaging a technical writer to get the work done. The grant period is April 16 - November 16, 2021.


Thanks @jennifer. Great job.


Hi @jennifer will these working sessions happen on the same platform as the documentation calls?

Yes, they will be on

I’ve added these sessions to the OpenMRS Calendar. And you can add them to your calendar by clicking on the Google Calendar icon.

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Hi everyone!

Our Google Season of Docs proposal is due on Friday, March 26. Please submit any final comments by 1pm UTC.

@gracebish and I will do a final review at 1:30pm UTC and submit our final proposal at 4pm UTC.




thanks @jennifer @gracebish for all the works on this

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Thanks @jennifer.