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Technical Writer Opportunities

EDIT: Christine is not going to pursue tech writing. This work can still be done (very important). Please read through the thread to get an idea if you’re interested.

Christine, an up and coming Technical Writer, has offered to join our community to aide in the improvement of our documentation. I have informed her that the Wiki is the main outlet for this and there are areas of opportunity there.

Let’s list out areas of the Wiki Christine can begin to work on.

Thanks,
Matthew

Thanks Matthew! I look forward to it.

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I’m very excited! I have four areas right off the bat for you to look at. From easiest to hardest:

  1. I put together http://open-emr.org/wiki/index.php/Chart_Tracker recently. I literally just threw a bunch of text and images up. Not very “easy on the eyes”. This will be a GREAT starting point for you because you’ll be able to learn how to install the software on your computer and learn basic features of the system (chart tracker has you create a patient and users, among other things).

  2. http://open-emr.org/wiki/index.php/Basic_Billing needs to be updated with the latest screenshots/features.

  3. Ray has put together an amazing eye module http://open-emr.org/wiki/index.php/Eye_Exam, however, the documentation is incomplete as he is a busy provider! Perhaps you can work on filling in gaps by asking him questions.

  4. Ideally all features listed here http://open-emr.org/wiki/index.php/OpenEMR_Features should have a corresponding wiki page.

Thanks,

Matthew

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cc: @robert.down (I know you’re always looking to improve the Wiki :slight_smile: ). Feel free to chime in.

I lied. I have 5 things :).

There is a lot of documentation in openemr/Documentation at master · openemr/openemr · GitHub that I feel would be better suited for the Wiki with better descriptions and visual help along the way.

BTW, please request a wiki account here: http://www.open-emr.org/wiki/index.php/Special:RequestAccount

Thanks Matthew- I have some questions which may have obvious answers:

In what form do you want the final deliverable (documentation)?
Is there a link to download Chart Tracker? Basic Billing?
Do you have Ray’s contact info?
Do I need special access to get into these areas?
You want me to list the features that don’t have wikis?

cg

In what form do you want the final deliverable (documentation)?

Have you ever edited Wikipedia? If so, there is a “sandbox” to carry out experiments. Once happy, you can update a given page with the markup. If you’re not familiar, please study MediaWiki. The reason I mention Wikipedia is because OpenEMR’s wiki uses the “engine” that Wikipedia uses. It’s freely available and sort of user friendly.

Is there a link to download Chart Tracker? Basic Billing?

It’s all in the software. The easiest path to installing the software is on your own Windows computer via http://open-emr.org/wiki/index.php/OpenEMR_5.0.0_XAMPP_Package_Installation - let me know if you need help. Once you have it running, I can get on a Google Hangouts call with you to explain everything!

Do you have Ray’s contact info?

Yes. I can email it to you.

Do I need special access to get into these areas?

Yup. But it’s easy. Just request an account here: http://www.open-emr.org/wiki/index.php/Special:RequestAccount

You want me to list the features that don’t have wikis?

Not quite. I’m pointing out that there are features that don’t have wiki entries. Ideally, they should have full documentation coverage. This is a long term goal, of course. The very first thing for you to work on once you’re set up is the Chart Tracker. That should be a great introduction to everything.

-m

Ok, thanks. I requested an account but got an error message.

Okay, please give me some time to work with our resident wizard on this…

We’re aware of the issue with the user accounts.

Now would be a great time to throw up a giant stop sign - don’t bother learning Mediawiki; learn Markdown - it’s much easier and where I want to move our documentation to. We can automatically transform Markdown to Mediawiki automatically.

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@cgiraud Okay, I just private messaged you the username/password. Please change the password of course.

Works for me!

Didn’t work for me. I’ll get to this tomorrow! Right now I’m on the clock with another job. Thanks for this learning opportunity. Do you have deadlines?

Christine

@cgiraud Sounds good! No deadlines.

Hi Matthew- I keep getting the error message when I request an account. Same message as above.

Hi @cgiraud ,
We manually created an account for you on the wiki. Send me an email at brady.g.miller@gmail.com if you haven’t received the login credentials yet.
thanks!
-brady

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Hi @cgiraud, any luck?

Hi Matt- Sorry for the delay in responding. I think I’m going to pass on
entering the tech writer field.

Best of luck!

cg

Good luck with everything, @cgiraud