Writer/Editor,“ Wazi” Journal
This work involved writing and editing content for OpenLogic's“ Wazi”, an online journal of all things open source. I would be assigned an article, usually written by a software engineer, sometimes an engineer for whom English is a second language. The articles concerned various aspects of open source software or processes: from 'how-to' pieces, to Internet Copyright Law, to best practices when introducing free software in developing countries. My job was to produce a final version that was not just grammatically accurate and well-written but also smart, funny, irreverent and technically accurate; and that fit into the overall tone of this cutting-edge online journal. I was regularly asked to enhance the articles with original content in order to preserve the journal's singular tone while maintaining the editorial 'we'.
Technical Writer, Content Team
This contract involved developing content for OLEX, a certified library of open source software. I conducted extensive on-line research, making full use of my ability to efficiently ferret out relevant information from the immense amount of data available on the Web. I loved this contract, as it gave me a chance to hone my “translation” skills by transforming even the driest, most dense engineer-speak into readable prose. The end result had to be accessible to anyone – while still targeting the sophisticated software engineers who are the library’s primary audience.