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Namya LG

Amarachi Iheanacho and Namya LG are GSoD interns for the year 2022.

Amarachi was offered the role of "Technical Writer 2". Her tasks mainly entail creating the Full Lands INtegration Tool (FLINT) handbook, credible case studies on both FLINT and the Generic Carbon Budget Model (GCBM), and simplifying the documentation for the "Understanding FLINT" section of the official moja global documentation. The FLINT Handbook will serve as a guide and provide extensive detail about the FLINT. In the initial weeks, Amarachi studied the GCBM and the FLINT and created a broad outline of the contents of the Handbook. She wrote a case study on how the GCBM can be used to report and assess the effects of anthropogenic activities on forests. Further, Amarachi worked on the chapters of the Handbook. Chapter 1 handles fundamental concepts like stocks, flows, states and transitions. This chapter also introduces the reader to organizations that significantly impact global decisions on the war against climate change. Chapter 2 discusses what FLINT is and, more importantly, the different modules FLINT uses to describe processes that drive carbon changes in a landscape. Chapter 3 discusses GCBM, the data required for the GCBM to simulate carbon flows, and, more importantly, how to conclude from the output that the GCBM gifts us. In the coming months, she will work on finishing the FLINT handbook, creating credible documentation for the understanding FLINT section of the moja global official documentation, and finally, case studies on climate change mitigation.

Namya was offered the role of "Technical Writer 1". The GCBM or (Generic Carbon Budget Model) is written in C++ and was not entirely documented. She started by creating a documentation website for GCBM based on Doxygen, explaining the different modules and functions of the GCBM. In order to obtain feedback for the moja global technical documentation from the users, Namya integrated a feedback funnel into the existing Sphinx website, and used Google Sheets as the backend. She has completed a case study on FLINT.Cloud and its significance in the ecosystem. She is currently revamping the documentation and building Sphinx documentation websites for the projects GCBM.Belize and GCBM.Colombia. Namya is also involved in community-building and coordinating the community meetings every week.

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Harsh Mishra

Moja global is excited to announce the selection of two Google Season of Docs interns working to support our mission in developing open-source Monitoring, Reporting, and Verifying (MRV) software for forestry, agriculture, and other land use (AFOLU) sectors.

Google Season of Docs is an annual program by Google providing an opportunity for technical writers to contribute to open-source software. Moja global has been participating in Google Season of Docs (GSoD) for the past two years, and we are participating for the third time this year. This year's Google Season of Docs aims to build technical documentation, case studies, and testing existing documentation alongside preparing an all-new FLINT handbook and preparing credible docs on climate science.

GIF showing moja global and GSoD's logo side-by-side

About the project

Last year’s Google Season of Docs saw the development of a Documentation Working Group, led by our Google Season of Docs interns, which has led to a 400% increase in the community size due to the active engagement, thus providing an easy entry point for new contributions. Though we saw a rise in technical documentation, reference guides, and case studies, there is still much to do. We are currently focussing on more technical documentation regarding the capabilities of our central framework to provide clear examples of common FLINT use cases.

While the FLINT framework can describe any generic stock and flow model (including finances, water, or biodiversity), landscape and carbon process modeling is the most popular use case. In addition to technical documentation of our software, we will also be building the FLINT Analysis Handbook, which will serve as a gentle introduction for new users progressing through the FLINT training examples. These projects will explain the core ecosystem and analysis concepts taking place when running a FLINT model and how it exactly works!

Based on the application process, which revolved around submitting a proposal (covering their technical writing & open-source experience) and community interactions, we selected two mentees: Namya LG and Amarachi Iheanacho.

Namya LG

Picture of Namya. Namya is the GSoD 2022 intern from moja global

Namya LG is an open-source enthusiast and loves learning and experimenting. She is very passionate about documenting her developer journey and writes on Medium. Namya started contributing to moja global through the Winter Of Code program in 2021. She is inspired by moja global’s initiative to combat the climate crisis using technology and has contributed to the community website, FLINT Cloud, FLINT Reporting, and is currently exploring more in the moja global ecosystem.

Namya will be working on the Building technical documentation, case studies, and testing existing documentation project, where she will work on developing technical documentation for moja global users, building credible case studies to promote moja global’s FLINT further, and building a pipeline to test and validate existing documentation.

Amarachi Iheanacho

Picture of Amarachi. Amarachi is the GSoD 2022 intern from moja global

Amarachi Iheanacho is a software engineer and an adept technical writer. With over 2 years of experience in creating technical articles and end-user documentation, Amarachi has created technical content for organizations like Cloudinary, Appwrite, Devwares, and Hackernoon.

Amarachi will be working on the Building FLINT handbook and preparing credible docs on climate science project, where she will write more approachable FLINT development and calibration documentation. It will help our users and contributors better understand climate science, carbon models, and how FLINT fits amongst them.

How to get involved?​​

Moja global hosts mentorship programs all year round. You can find more details about the projects at moja global on our GitHub organization and the various mentorship programs we participate in on our initiatives page. These mentorship programs allow students and professionals to learn more about open-source software and get involved in the open-source community.

If you are interested in learning more about open-source software, or if you are interested in getting involved in the open-source community, please join our Slack community.