About the BS4ICTRSRCH Project


Book Sprints for ICT Research – BS4ICTRSRCH, Testing the practice of Book Sprints as a new paradigm of collaborative writing for ICT researchers and innovators, is a coordination and support action funded under the FP7-ICT Work Programme 2013 – Future and Emerging Technologies Open scheme of the European Commission.

Project reference:   323988

The project is facilitated by FLOSS Manuals Foundation in collaboration with Book Sprints.



FLOSS Manuals was invited to apply for FET’s FP7 stream as our methodology was seen as having valuable potential to support FET projects, and specifically the aims of the FET coordination actions. Following a successful application, our action runs from July 2013 to June 2014. We are working with existing FET projects and coordination actions to help achieve their documentation aims.

Collaborative writing of scientific articles requires a considerable amount of coordination and a strong synchronization among authors.

Our discussions with researchers in the field of ICT research and innovation, and with officers of the Commission working in this field, confirmed what we knew about the difficulties which arise when collaborating on multi-author writing projects. We have found many similarities between the shortcomings of collaborative writing in the field of ICT research – in composing research reports and other papers – and the world of open source software documentation.

We believe the methodology invented by Adam Hyde, founder of FLOSS Manuals and Book Sprints, and refined since 2008 in over 70 events, could significantly change the state of the art for collaborative writing in the field of ICT research.


What are Book Sprints?

The term ‘Book Sprint’ was coined by Tomas Krag and the Book Sprint method was founded by Adam Hyde.

It is a collaborative process that brings together a small group of people to develop and produce a book in 3-5 days. There is no pre-production. The group is guided by a facilitator, from zero to published book. Books are high quality content and available immediately via print-on-demand services and e-book formats.

To support the Book Sprint methodology, FLOSS Manuals developed its own free and open source online collaborative publishing platform, named Booktype.  http://www.sourcefabric.org/en/booktype/ We will be using BookType and another software – PubSweet, created by BookSprints.net, for this project.


What is FLOSS Manuals?

FLOSS Manuals (FM) was founded by Adam Hyde and officially launched in October 2007 to create good free documentation about free software. To date FLOSS Manuals has created over 400 books in over 30 languages, with more than 4000 contributors over five independent language communities (French, English, Farsi, Dutch, Finnish).

In 2011 FLOSS Manuals Foundation (FMF) was created to provide resources and support to the language community groups, to start new language communities, and to oversee the operations of the FM network. Its office is located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Adam Hyde has also pioneered the use of Book Sprints for topics non-directly related to free software, such as internet security, internet censorship, the Open Web, and the future of collaborative culture.


Project Team

Tania Goryucheva           Project Co-ordinator

Adam Hyde                     Book Sprint Facilitator

Barbara Ruehling           Book Sprint Facilitator

Donna Metzlar                Project Associate

Rachel Baker                  Associate Researcher

Jo Paulger                      Software Developer

Sandra Sarala                Editor

Rachel Somers Miles     Editor

Henrik van Leeuwen      Designer