Docs Down Under

Presented by Brian Moss, Lana Brindley


Docs Down Under is a technical communication-themed miniconference for documentation professionals of all kinds from across Australia.

High quality documentation is an essential part of any successful project and we want you to share your skills, knowledge, passion, experience, and Oxford commas with the wider open source community at LCA2017. Whether you are are a professional writer, or just interested in what we do, we invite you to come along and get your docs on!


Docs Down Under is pleased to present the following schedule for the miniconference, which will take place on Tuesday, Jan 17.

Time Title Speaker
10:40 AM Welcome Brian Moss
11:00 AM Quiz Lana Brindley
12:00 PM Prize Session
12:20 PM LUNCH
1:20 PM Stephen King's practical advice for tech writers Rikki Endsley
2:00 PM Sorting out the mess: How information architecture can help Darren Chan
2:20 PM Kernel documentation: What we have and where it's going Jonathan Corbet
3:00 PM TEA
3:40 PM Writing less, saying more: UX lessons from the small screen Claire Mahoney
4:20 PM Effective docs writing: Practical writing style explained with computer science. Joe Robinson
4:40 PM Helping caterpillars fly Nicola Nye
5:20 PM END

Presented by

Brian Moss

Originally from Canada, Brian now lives in Brisbane, where he works as an Information Architect for Rackspace. Most of his time is spent working on OpenStack documentation, although he has recently developed an unusual interest in documentation tools and infrastructure.


Lana Brindley

Lana has been playing and working with technology since she was eaten by a grue during a particularly eventful summer in the 90s. Not long after that she spent far too much time at university, and eventually decided to get a real job. She started out doing technical documentation for open source cloudy-type products, and now she works for Rackspace as the manager of a documentation team, from her home in Brisbane Australia. She also keeps getting elected as the documentation lead (PTL) for OpenStack, through no fault of her own. If she ever works out how that keeps happening, she'll write the manual for that, too.

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