[FM Discuss] Martin Kean and Wall Newspapers
Martin.Kean at op.ac.nz
Mon May 16 16:07:39 PDT 2011
Yes I am still pursuing the FM Newspaper and will publish it in due course.
I WOULD like to lead this, I have funding, and this is now one of my research goals for this year.
I have here some points I would like feedback on:
1. I suggest an A1 spread Wall Newspaper rather than a broadsheet newspaper as I first proposed. The reasons include keeping the printing costs down, keeping the project manageable, and creating a publication that can be re-visited. If it's stuck to a wall, then it becomes a many-to-one reference, and fewer copies need printing.
2. The original content for this project was to be Digital Foundations, but there's just too much in the entire manual for one newspaper (let alone a WallPaper). I suggest either printing selected chapters from Digital Foundations as successive editions, or print another manual, for example An Open Web.
3. The original engine for generating the newspaper size PDF from the FM content was ObJavi, but after many frustrating attempts I can't get Objavi to style the columns and gutters the way I want. Also Objavi can't cope with 'extra pages' such as a cover page, or a back page with ads. I contacted Douglas for help with Objavi, PDFEdit etc with the promise of funding, but he's pretty busy with other things. So the options available to me are either Inkscape (single page PDF spreads) or a proprietary equivalent. Inkscape would be in keeping with the 'open content, open tools' philosophy of FM and Booki. Possibly, a New Zealand-wide (or further) student (or not) competition to format the first issue of FM WallPaper in Inscape spreads, and these would be four landscape A1 spreads, using two inks and open typefaces, from existing FM (or Booki FM) content.
So any feedback about all this would be great.
I am also trying to get in touch with Open Source Publishing based in Belgium.
Adam -- I have never given up on the newspaper!
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Forth Street, Dunedin
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martin.kean at op.ac.nz
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I was just reading the blog by long time FMer Martin Kean:
It made me think - could we manage a 'WallNews' campaign promoting free
software via FM? I was thinking about a monthly WallNews coming out -
formatted as a US letter/A4 PDF - available as both a one page 'website'
and also as a poster that anyone could print and put on their office
bulletin board or paste to some poster wall somewhere etc...
It would work best if it was well designed and had at least one cool
illustration per issue and was also maybe a bit funny or at least well
written, informative and light hearted. Maybe it could even feature a
then each month the article might be on a free software and referencing
the softwares homesite and the fm docs...
we could also try and get other orgs to push it to their constituency
and see if we can get it to roll...
anyways, just jamming ideas now...it could work pretty well i think as
the action we want people to take is just to print it out and stick it
on a wall somewhere...
whataya rekin? anyone want to take this on? if so i would help push it
hard though the fm newsletter and whatever other channels i can muster...
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