TDF/LibreOffice Brochure-Type: Academia Specific

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Welcome to the LibreOffice Brochure-Type: Academia Specific

This wiki is the workspace for the elaboration of a LibreOffice Academia Specific brochure. The purpose if to systematically construct the content/text leading to the design/construction of its brochure. The content/text will be built in steps:

Step 1: Identify the different points to be included in the brochure

  • use point form for the content
  • use as many points as possible as these will later be picked through for the writing of the text

Marc's list, taken from his email:

From an academic point of view:

  • collaborative work
  • CMIS "integration with various CMS and online document storage"
  • bibliographic work (integration of leading bibliographic extensions)
  • collaborative commenting <-- not sure if this is what we would call it
  • list modules but in the order most likely to interest Academia
  • Writer is capable of managing large documents without losing data
  • Math is used in some academic circles and has won accolades from these users (we will need some academics to quote for this)
  • Draw is a vector powerful drawing tool that may be used for a variety of chores: large reports (use our PT-BR magazine as a good example);
  • import of Visio and Publisher files into draw allows consolidation of incompatible versions. <-- the only catch is that there once imported, the files need some "tweaking" (I am speaking in particular of Publisher files)
  • impress remote
  • LibreLogo is included <-- most likely not a big thing for academia, but yes for educational institutions -->teachers
  • Base -- frontend for sql databases
  • multiple languages
  • multiple language dictionaries with possibility of additional dictionaries from our membership who create the dictionaries (Tim's suggestion)
  • large community of users to help when you need advise
  • many extensions to extend the ability of the office suite <--we should name some of the most popular extensions for academia
  • ease of installation
  • comprehensive list of compatible file formats
  • presentation module may be controlled from an Android phone
  • LibreOffice comes in its regular format and even portable, DVD, CD versions
  • set of manuals that are kept up to date
  • online manuals

From an IT point of view:

  • available on OS platforms: Win, Mac OS X, Linux (All flavours -- is also the default office suite for almost all of the Linux distros)
  • large scale installation is possible
  • there is a pool of certified developers available for hire or from their companies <--make sure to link to the TDF page where these are available
  • large complement of devs to drive innovation
  • medium size complement of QA to help identify and correct bugs
  • large community of users to help when you need advise re: installations
  • over 500 devs participating on the project
  • over X million downloads making LibreOffice a very popular office suite with familiar menus, installation process
  • ease of installation
  • list of installed base in different countries <-- list as many regions as possible and maybe get some reviews from different educational institutions to corroborate the use/installation ease


Step 2: Write the text according to the points from step 1.

  • proof the text
  • get approval from the marketing team and oversight by Italo/Charles


Step 3: Put text on the official template

  • add icons/graphics where necessary (may need some help from design team)
  • trim/add text where necessary
  • white space is not a bad thing; give the eyes a rest


Step 4: Complete Official/Community Brochure Versions

  • get approval from marketing/design teams as well as oversight from Italo/Charles
  • once approved complete Official A4/USLtr and Community A4/USLtr brochures
  • have marketing/design team do one last verification


Step 5: Complete a .pdf Version for Electronic Posting

  • get approval from marketing/design teams as well as oversight from Italo/Charles
  • once approved complete a .pdf version for electronic postings on websites, for emails etc.
  • the format of the electronic may change depending on the needs, but a generic-ready format should suffice for most needs
  • have marketing/design team do one last verification


Step 5:Announce on Projects list