An important part of how/why a design workshop can generate so many collaborative works in just a few F2F days is having people to submit “Topics & Advance Readings” and reading those of by others before the event begins. This allows ideas that have critical mass of interest to percolate and rise to the top.
One of the changes at #RWOT8 that I’m most pleased with asking everyone to add abstracts and tags to their “Topic & Advance Reading” submissions into the /topics-and-advance-readings/README.md. Given that we had 85 topics submitted for #RWOT8, this helped everyone before the event prioritize their reading, which has become particularly challenging.
For future #RWOT events, at minimum we need a PR template in GitHub that makes sure that people remember to add the abstract and tags to the README.md. But we may want to have a more automated process/script for doing topic submissions.
We also have a large number of old topic papers, some of which are still quite good. I’d love to find a volunteer to go through the old papers and add abstracts and tags to them (I think there are over 400!).
We also need to find some way to make these discoverable on our website by tag, which may be another volunteer.
– Christopher Allen