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Friday Free Software Directory IRC meetup: February 9th starting at 12:00 p.m. EST/17:00 UTC

by Ted Teah Contributions Published on Feb 08, 2018 11:30 AM
Join the FSF and friends Friday, February 9th, from 12:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST (17:00 to 20:00 UTC) to help improve the Free Software Directory, with this week's theme of adding and updating weather software.

Help improve the Free Software Directory by adding new entries and updating existing ones. Every Friday we meet on IRC in the #fsf channel on irc.freenode.org.

Tens of thousands of people visit directory.fsf.org each month to discover free software. Each entry in the Directory contains a wealth of useful information, from basic category and descriptions, to providing detailed info about version control, IRC channels, documentation, and licensing info that has been carefully checked by FSF staff and trained volunteers.

When a user comes to the Directory, they know that everything in it is free software, has only free dependencies, and runs on a free OS. With over 16,000 entries, it is a massive repository of information about free software.

While the Directory has been and continues to be a great resource to the world for many years now, it has the potential to be a resource of even greater value. But it needs your help! And since it's a MediaWiki instance, it's easy for anyone to edit and contribute to the Directory.

In 1870, the US Army created the National Weather Service, which is still with us to this day, providing essential monitoring and evaluation of meteorological conditions. Currently, the Directory has many entries related to weather. A good number of them have outdated information and could use a refresh, and there is newer software employing the last features of the new single point releases of the larger graphic toolkits. As always, working on the unapproved entries is important work that we can winnow down.

If you are eager to help, and you can't wait or are simply unable to make it onto IRC on Friday, our participation guide will provide you with all the information you need to get started on helping the Directory today! There are also weekly Directory Meeting pages that everyone is welcome to contribute to before, during, and after each meeting.

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