Contribute

General

Open Source Living’s blog is open to guest posts and regular contributions. We accept submissions in a variety of media from written articles to video blogs and podcasts. For more detailed information on each medium of submission please see the sections below.

Important: All submissions must adhere to the following general criteria: your work must be original; your work must be articulate and use the English language (although English does not necessarily have to be your mother tongue); your work must be related to an aspect of Open Source; your work is submitted on a volunteer basis.

Writing

WritingIf you enjoy writing, you’re good at it, and you have something to say about Open Source matters then we’d be very interested to hear from you. We encourage all contributors to think outside the box and take on the topics that challenge readers. Your articles should be informed and up to date.

Examples of submission types are as follows: you could write about current or upcoming Open Source software; write a piece of commentary on a current Open Source debate; write a retrospective piece as a user of a particular application; write about Open Source and the political world; consider unusual application of the Open Source idea etc etc.

Video

VideoVideo is a rapidly developing medium on social networking sites. Used well, it can be an effective communication tool. We’re keen to add a video element to Sourced so if you’re articulate and creative on camera and Open Source is your thing, we want to know about it!

Examples of video submissions could include some of the following: personal vlogs on any of the areas mentioned above in the writing section; vidcasts reviewing OS sites or apps; and if you’re the daring type interviews with OS people in the field (if you’re at an OS conference with a camera this could be for you!).

Audio

AudioPodcasting is another effective medium to information across. It’s downloadable and ipod ready. If you’re interested in doing some podcasts for Sourced, preferably on a regular basis (weekly, bi-monthly, monthly) then please get in touch. For regular contributors we can set up individual feeds (that goes across all media) and author profiles. So if you’ve got the gift of the gab, got ideas for a podcast show and want to use Sourced as a patform to air your views get in touch.

As for podcast material, again it could follow any of the suggestions outlined in the other two media sections and/or any of your own original ideas for a podcast show. Bear in mind that frequency and consistency works best with this medium.

Get in touch

If you’re serious about wanting to contribute to Sourced then please fill out the contact form below and let us know what you have in mind. Please note that all contribution offers are consiered equally, but we cannot accept everything you send us.

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The OSLiving blog addresses issues of import in a broadly based Open Source context. It is a space for information, opinion and informed debate.

Discover software reviews and interviews with leading figures in the field, commentary on current Open Source issues and musings on all things WordPress.

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Sites We Like

SourceForge - one of the longest running portals devoted to housing projects from the Open Source community. A great place to find OSS projects to collaborate on.

Open Source Initiative - the OSI maintains the Open Source Definition and offers a range of information on OSS licensing and standards.

OSALT - a brilliant site devoted to open source alternatives. The site compares quality OSS with its commercial peers.

Got a great OSS link? Let us know.