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Opensource.com Editorial Calendar

Writing Topics & Ideas

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Series & Themes

Month Series & Themes Schedule
December 2016 Open Source Yearbook
Check out our 2015 Open Source Yearbook to see the kinds of community-contributed articles we're collecting to round up the year's top open source projects, people, tools, and stories.
January 2017 Getting Started with Open Source
What kinds of technologies and concepts do beginners need to get familiar with first? Send us your introductions to programming languages, programs, tools, ideas, methods, and more.

Proposals due: December 7

Drafts due: December 16

February 2017 Careers in Open Source
Do you have a job that uses open source to get things done? Tell us what tool(s) you use to do your job and what significance it plays in the industry or world.

Proposals due: January 11

Drafts due: January 20

March 2017 Happy Pi Day!
To celebrate Pi Day, we focus this series on the Raspberry Pi. What projects have you created? What solutions to common problems have you found? What do you do with your Raspberry Pi?

Proposals due: February 2

Drafts due: February 24

April 2017 Containers
How are you or your organization using Linux containers to get work done, to push innovation foward, and to find new solutions to technical problems?

Proposals due: March 1

Drafts due: March 20


Community Columns

Doc Dish

A column dedicated to documentation, including best practices, case studies, open source projects that need documentation contributions, events, tools, and tips.

Send us your story idea

My Linux Story

A community column with stories about how people got started on their Linux journeys.

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My Open Source Story

Do you have an open source story to share? Tell us about your favorite open source tool, your involvement in an open source project, or how your organization uses open source solutions.

Send us your story idea


Coffee Shop DevOps

The most compelling conversations Jen Krieger has had with people about their work lives has been over a cup of coffee. Join her as she shares practical steps on how to get started with DevOps.

Community Metrics Playbook

James Falkner leads us on a journey into the treacherous yet rewarding world of community metrics.

Multimedia Makers

Every month Seth Kenlon, in partnership with slackermedia.info and gnuworldorder.info, shares tutorials and tips on creating multimedia with Linux and its vast creative toolkit.

Nooks and Crannies

D. Ruth Bavousett's Nooks and Crannies column explores open source projects that you might not have heard of.

Open Art

Jason van Gumster keeps us up-to-date on the latest open source tools and tricks for creating art.

Open Founder

Grant Ingersoll examines the intersection of open source software and business.

Open Music

Chris Hermansen shares ideas on how to enjoy music in an open environment, how to tinker with music using open source tools, and much more.

Opening Up Education

Don Watkins examines how educators and students can utilize Linux, open source hardware and software, and open educational resources in the classroom.

The Queue

Welcome to our Q&A with LinuxQuestions.org founder Jeremy Garcia. Submit your question.

Raspberry Pi

Ben Nuttall, community manager for the Raspberry Pi Foundation, shares news and stories from the world of tiny computing.

Six Degrees

Every month Jono Bacon, leading community manager, shares thoughts and perspectives on the culture, communities, and trends in open source.


Past Series & Themes

Month Theme Schedule
October 2016 Most Open Month
Speakers from All Things Open 2016 write and interview with us as part of our annual series to highlight these amazing talks.
Proposals due: August 15
Drafts due: August 29
September 2016 Open Source Worldwide
What role does open source play in your country's government? Which projects are active in your local communities? How are humanitarian open source solutions helping international communities? How has your work in open source helped you connect with people in other countries and collaborate with international contributors? How does your remote international team collaborate? Tell us about how your career in open source has allowed you to travel the globe.
Proposals due: August 10
Drafts due: August 22
August 2016 Back to School / Open Education
Which open source tools are helpful for the classroom? How are open source technologies being used or taught in your schools? We're always excited to hear how open source is helping education, so send us your stories.
Proposals due: July 13
Drafts due: July 27
July 2016 Open source tools for sys admins
Many of the tools sys admins rely on are open source. Which tools save your sys adminny day? We want to hear about your favorite open source tools or your home-brewed hacks.
Proposals due: July 1
Drafts due: July 15
June 2016 Open Source in Entertainment
We're looking for stories about how open source tools, projects, and communities keep us entertained.
Proposals due: May 20
Drafts due: June 3
May 2016 Open Hardware
Show off your HowTos, tutorials, and demos of open hardware in the wild.
Proposals due: April 22
Drafts due: May 6
April 2016 Open Science
Interesting topics for our open science theme include open hardware tools with sensors being used to take field measurements; big data processing; education and science software for Linux (for example, Celestia space simulator, Avogadro for molecular modeling, GRASS/QGIS software for geospatial sciences, R/Julia for statistics, and niche applications we've never heard of); why openness matters in the sciences; recent discoveries made using open tools and/or open data; a roundup of journals being published under open licenses
Proposals due: March 18
Drafts due: April 1
March 2016 Diversity in Open Source
How did you increase diversity in your project and community? Tell us about your open source-related grants or scholarship opportunities . Do you have tips for attracting a more diverse pool of contributors? How has increasing diversity in your community helped?
Proposals due: February 5
Drafts due: March 7
February 2016 Careers in Open Source
We want to hear about your open source-related work, tips for succeeding in a tech career and for showing open source skills on tech resumes, advice for advancing your career by growing your network, and insights into how attending conferences can get you hired.
Proposals due: January 22
Drafts due: February 8
January 2016 Getting Started in Open Source
We're looking for articles about how to start using an open source solution or contribute to a project, how to find the right open source community to join, advice for making money in open source, how to find (or start) local user groups or meetups, and tips for attending tech conferences.

Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE 14x) series

Proposals due: December 21
Drafts due: January 4
December 2015 Open Source Yearbook 2015  
November 2015 November theme: Open Source Food & Beverages
Speaker Interview Series: USENIX LISA15
Series starts November 16
October 2015 Most Open Month (call for first-time Opensource.com contributors)
Speaker Interview Series: All Things Open
Speaker Interview Series: Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
Speaker Interview Series: OpenStack Summit
Submission deadline: September 15
Submission deadline: September 21
Submission deadline: September 28
Submission deadline: October 12