Andy Oram

Andy Oram is an editor at O'Reilly Media. An employee of the company since 1992, Andy currently specializes in open source technologies and software engineering. His work for O'Reilly includes the first books ever released by a U.S. publisher on Linux, the 2001 title Peer-to-Peer, and the 2007 best-seller Beautiful Code.
An era in which to curate skills

An era in which to curate skills

Amidst disruption, publishing still relies on research, sales, authoring, and curation.

Three days of intensive discussion about the current state of publishing at TOC 2011 revealed that research, sales, authoring, and curation are all still important skills.

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Worldwide Lexicon: matching up technologies and culture to end the language barrier

Worldwide Lexicon: matching up technologies and culture to end the language barrier

Essays by Brian McConnell of

World Wide Lexicon

and Ethan Zuckerman
of

Global Voices

describe the technical and cultural sides of developing communities of
volunteer translators.

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World Wide Lexicon Toolbar changes the reading experience for the other 99% of web pages

World Wide Lexicon Toolbar changes the reading experience for the other 99% of web pages

World Wide Lexicon Toolbar meets my criterion for a piece of critical infrastructure: after two days with it I can't get along without it, and I plan to avoid any
browser that doesn't have it installed.

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Four roles for publishers: staying relevant when you are no longer a gatekeeper

In many areas of publishing, there are enormous resources of free
online material and innumerable forums where individuals can quickly
and conveniently post their own observations. Since we are no longer
gatekeepers, publishers have to focus on how we add quality.

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O'Reilly Author and Editor Air Concerns on Industry Pressures

Andy Oram offers an open response to issues raised by Baron Schwartz, lead author of O'Reilly's "High Performance MySQL, Second Edition."

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So when will the job of a technical editor be abolished?

The depth of Gerard Salton's thinking, in a passage he wrote in 1966,
becomes clearer as one considers that the made his life-long career in
the field of information retrieval. Maybe the next generation of
Saltons will create search engines that vector-multiply the editorial
quality of documents into the relevancy rankings of search results.

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An editor critiques the publishing industry's Automated Content Access Protocol

The “Automated Content Access Protocol (ACAP) is a new technical venture by an international consortium of publishers, and a proposed technical solution to the tug of war between publishers and intermediaries such as search engines and news aggregation sites. This article goes into some detail about ACAP and offers both a technical and a philosophical context for judging its impact and chances of success.

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Results of survey: why people write online documentation

Several months ago, Tim pointed here to a survey on the O’Reilly Network asking why people contribute to online forums, wikis, and other technical documentation. We got 354 responses. Now see the results and my analysis.

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