OSSWatch Wiki FAQ

What is OSS Watch?

OSS Watch is a JISC funded advisory service providing unbiased advice and guidance about free and open source software for UK further and higher education.

What is a Wiki?

A wiki is a collection of web pages that are editable by a large number of people in an almost plain-text format, allowing for ad-hoc, organic growth of content and structure. You are currently reading a wiki.

What is an FAQ?

FAQ is an acronym for Frequently Asked Questions, and is a list of questions which aims to answer questions a reader might have about a topic. A perfectly formed website, wiki or topic would not need an FAQ because it would be completely self-explanatory, but this is commonly not the case. FAQs are particularly useful in technical discussions and topics for getting new members up to speed with the jargon, approach and procedures.

What is in the OSS Watch Wiki?

See WhyWiki

What is "on topic" for the OSS Watch Wiki?

OSS Watch is concerned with open source in higher and further education uk and anything focused on open source in education is on topic. Since the OSS Watch team is, broadly speaking, responsible for the site and we work in English, you should get in touch in advance if you're planning to use a non-English language extensively.

There is a spelling mistake!

Create yourself a new account on the wiki (just enter your details on the "Login" page and your account is created and logged in, in one easy step) and fix it!

In the discussion, a really important point was left out!

Create yourself a new account on the wiki (just enter your details on the "Login" page and your account is created and logged in, in one easy step) and add information on that point.

Why is there not a page on X?

If X is related to free and open source software for UK further and higher education, feel free to start a page on the wiki about it. If you don't have the information personally about X but would like to know about it, drop the OSS Watch team an email at info@oss-watch.ac.uk or add a comment to VisitorsComments.

What does "Under construction <date>" mean?

It means that the last editor left the page in an unfinished state on <date> and expects to return to it soon, so don't edit the page. If <date> is very old (several weeks or more) it is likely that the editor has been distracted or overwhelmed by other things, so you may remove the notice and edit the page.

How do I find the pages that are being actively worked on?

The RecentChanges link at the top of every page takes you to a page that shows all the recent changes to the wiki.

It's all different! Why has the OSS Watch wiki changed?

I line with standard practice, in September 2006, we've upgraded the wiki to the latest version of MoinMoin. The new version has a number of changes, primarily:

But why couldn't the OSS Watch wiki stay as it was? Didn't it work?

There are a number of features of the new version which will be used extensively by OSS Watch (particularly the RSS features).

Who are the OSS Watch team?

The OSS Watch team includes RandyMetcalfe and StuartYeates. The full list of OSS Watch staff can be found here http://www.oss-watch.ac.uk/about/staff.xml. They can be contacted at info@oss-watch.ac.uk or you could pop into the irc discussion room #oss-watch on irc.freenode.net where members of the team that are online tend to be present.

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