2014年5月7日星期三

MozTW Steps - 服務學習專案規劃

目前各大學都有一堂服務學習必修課程,通常是安排在大一時且零學分(不影響成績),目的是想讓同學可以付出自己的時間(通常一學期 10~15 小時),協助各項公益計畫或團體,有益於社會且從中學習。

過去兩年中,MozTW 與教育部校園自由軟體中心(OSSACC)合作,在交大與中央大學,執行了三學期的服務學習計畫,讓同學從翻譯 Mozilla 補助說明文章、推廣與說明影片、網頁開發技術文章、Firefox 套件與軟體的中文化…等等項目中選擇,運用自己的閒暇時間,對 Mozilla 專案做出些許貢獻,接觸並了解開源碼計畫的執行方式。

MozTW Step

三月時,MozTW 在台中舉辦了兩天一夜的 MozTW Steps 活動,對於各專案計畫進行未來半年期的分析語討論。對於服務學習專案,我們也進行了一些規劃。這是討論時的海報,以下將會簡要說明。

Planning - Service Learning

計畫目的

服務學習計劃的目的,主要有以下幾點:

  • 讓社群能接觸年輕一代的同學,傳達 Mozilla 理念給更多人
  • 尋找認同且持續貢獻 Mozilla 專案的成員
  • 推進 Firefox 補助說明文章翻譯完成度,協助更多使用者
  • 增加相關影片的字幕,益於推廣的理念

過去成果

我們簡要分析了一下過去的成果。共有 49 名同學參與,完成了 20 部宣傳短片字幕、38 篇 Firefox 補助說明文章、10 篇網頁開發技術文章、4 篇報導與 1 個 Firefox 套件的中文化。

過去的成果都整理於此:

近期參與對象

本年度服務學習的合作對象,包含交大資工的大一同學約 15 人;另外中央大學也由 Angelboy 號招資訊社團中有興趣的同學進行。

下學期可能的對象,除交大外,另由黯鴉在協調中原大學的老師與同學參加。

資源

在推動服務學習計劃時,我們主要有兩個資源可給予同學:

  • OSSACC 協助核發的服務證書
  • 我們可簽發英文的 Mozilla 貢獻證書

挑戰

服務學習計劃的主要挑戰有二:

如何找人

要將服務學習推廣到一個科系,首先要有該科系負責該課程的教授認可,而與教授接洽、聯繫則需要各科系的在學同學協助。

如何帶領

專案執行時,會先讓同學選定有興趣的項目,再由我們寄送「如何進行」的說明文件。同學做完後我們則需要編輯、修定、掌握成品的品質。

這方面則面臨能協助與修訂成果的人不夠多,對成果與品質的掌握度不足的問題。

持續貢獻

每學期的計畫結束後,我們尚無進行後續追蹤,無法了解參與的同學是否仍持續貢獻,也因而無法有效擴大貢獻者基礎。

解決方案

針對上述問題,我們則想到了一些解決的方法。

製作計畫網頁

在「如何找人」的問題上,透過製作「服務學習專案網頁」的方式,彙整成果,並且加上「如有興趣參與,歡迎聯繫…」的聯絡資訊。一方面如果有教授看到感興趣,即可與我們連上線;另一方面,整理出更清楚的相關資訊,也可讓想協助推動的同學,更容易提供負責教授參考。

校園大使

我們發現服務學習計劃,與 Mozilla Taiwan 公司已執行兩屆的「Firefox 校園大使(FSA)」,可以構成相輔相成的雙環。參加過服務學習的同學,我們可以推薦他們參加校園大使,更加深入 Mozilla 的文化與內涵;而歷屆的校園大使,對 Mozilla 已有充足的了解,除可成為協助新同學進行服務學習的角色,也可協助我們聯繫各科系的負責老師,找尋新的合作對象。

行動計畫

  1. 招募十位歷屆的校園大使,協助他們成為服務學習的 Mentor。
  2. 聯繫參加過服務學習的同學,推薦他們參與校園大使計畫。
  3. 尋求一至兩人的協助,製作服務學習計劃網頁。

2014年5月3日星期六

Strategy to growing Mozilla contributors in China

Regional Reps meeting in Hong Kong, May 29 2014

During the HKOSC, we reps managed to find some time in and have a discussion on various topics, include the status of the community and volunteers in each region, the recruit and event effort, and the current status of cooperation between communities and each of local Mozilla offices.

DSC07044

We all agree that we should put more effort on China this year, the huge growing market but with less reps, contributors and Mozillians. It has more large opportunity and definitely is important to our 1M Mozillians goal. But there is always some difficulties, for example,

Difficulties

  • Most of the students know Mozilla as "Manufacture of Firefox" but not "Opportunity to contribute".
  • The pace of life in eastern part of China (most residential area) is really busy and hurry, that people and may treat "volunteer" as somehow waste of time.
  • Great firewall to block and slowing down most of the communication channel.
  • The English barrier to contributing direct to our projects.

And we do come up with some strategy and directions,

Strategy

  • The recruitment should concentrating on university students (just like when most of us joined Mozilla.)
  • We should try building a structure that non-English local contributors can become reps, and communicate with each other/mentor in local language, reduce the language barrier. (Specially speaking in English).
  • We should have a Rep mentor(s) who is able to coordinate the regional effort, helping and mentoring the local reps. Let them be the bridge of local Reps and council.
  • First priority is get at least a Rep in every province. Help and train them on recruiting and planning events, coordinate local effort, let them be the bridge of local contributors to us. (There are 28 provinces and municipality cities in Mainland China.)

We do have some strengthen point in China and overall Chinese region that we could leverage,

Strengthen

  • We have Beijing and Taipei, two local MoCo offices with resources and people on marketing and engagement who can help.
  • We have the experienced MozTW community to support the effort, share the structure, on-boarding and marketing materials they build.
  • We have long-time usage history in China. (As I know we have Firefox forums even before Mozilla Online set up).

IMHO possibly next step (please advice),

Action Plans

  • Coordinate/encourage Mozillians/Reps continuance visiting China, give talk to encourage contributors on whether big or small meetups (as last year (2013) we have Gen Kanai / WillianQ), especially who can speech Chinese.
  • We can plan and have someone give a series of speeches around main universities in China, get the students knowing more about Mozilla, and encourage them to contribute.
  • Get someone become rep mentors and mentoring new contributors.
  • Build a Chinese Mozillians mailing list to coordinate things across local communities. Go toward a cross-region language-based community.
  • Seeking for opportunities/Mozillians in other Chinese speaking region (Singapore, Malaysia...)
  • Maybe try planning some efforts with university students in central China cities (most of the general visitor would go to east economy develop region).

DSC07062 HKOSC - Mozilla communities in Chinese-speaking regions - 5

Thanks every Mozillians from Taiwan, China and Hong Kong who participant in HKOSC and in meetup. From the left to right, Richard Lin, Irvin, Liu, Xing, Shen, Hao, Shaohua, Orin, Peter, Fubuki Hoshino, Sammy, Firefox & Dino!

See also Chinese blog post by Shaohua, HKOSC 香港开源大会

Mozillians in Hong Kong Open Source Conference (HKOSC)

HKOSC - Agenda & Badge

HKOSC 2014

Hong Kong Open Source Conference aka HKOSC, is an annual conference in Hong Kong for open source community. In 2014/3/29, we took this good chance to gather Mozillians (Reps) from Hong Kong, Taiwan and China together in here, helping a forum session, a booth and also have a meeting discussing various topic about building Mozilla community in Chinese region. Here is the first part of my brief report about what we'd done and what have we discussed.

Participants

Taiwan: Orin Chen, Peter Chen, Irvin Chen
Hong Kong: Sammy Fung, Fubuki Hoshino
China: Xing Liu, Shaohua Wen , Hao Shen
Guest: Wong Wei Zhen from Malaysia

Mozilla Booth

We host a Mozilla booth in the conference, displaying some flyers, Firefox OS devices (APC Paper, Keon & ZTE phones), plushies, give out Firefox badges and a recruiting form for interesting people to leave their contact messages.

There are about 250 people join the conference, and most of them had been visit our booth and try the Firefox OS devices. There are 16 people from China and Hong Kong filled the contribute forms, I hope that we'll have them success on-boarding and start contributing.

(Thanks APC for letting us borrow the APC Paper device.)

HKOSC - Mozilla Booth - 1HKOSC - Mozilla Booth - 3 DSC07038

Mozilla Session & Forum

There is 2 session related to Mozilla on HKOSC, "David and Goliah: from Firefox browser to Firefox OS" by Taiwan paid-staff Michael Hung and forum "Mozilla communities in Chinese-speaking regions" by all participated reps.

HKOSC - David and Goliah: from Firefox browser to Firefox OS by Michael Hung - 3

The forum is hosting by Richard Lin*. we had featuring Mozilla Story, give a brief intro of Mozilla, each 3 region communities, their own events, how we cooperation across the region and with the local MoCos in Taiwan and in China, and introducing on the opportunity of contribute Mozilla.

* Richard Lin, long time Taiwan OSS contributors and specialist in OSS legal issue.
* The content plan of the forum

HKOSC - Mozilla communities in Chinese-speaking regions - 2 HKOSC - Mozilla communities in Chinese-speaking regions - 1

2014年5月1日星期四

MozTW 為何要堅持社群獨立性—智財局封網法案的案例 The case of MozTW campaign against internet regulation bill

Brief for Mozillians: The slides is about an local campaign we ran, against a SOPA-like bill in last June (2013) in Taiwan. I'd like to share this experience for all, to get the idea that what can we do as a Mozillians and a Mozilla community, to dealing with these kinds of political issues for protect internet freedom.

MozTW 作為一個 Mozilla 的在地社群,維持獨立性一直是我們堅持的一件事情。

Mozilla 的社群成員多數有某種「Mozilla 如果違反 Mozilla 宣言,我們身為社群的一份子必群起反對」的原則,從各種爭議,例如先前的「首頁廣告」、「Brondon Eich 的正反爭議」中都可以看到。當然我們 MozTW 也不例外,從反對 Firefox 台灣版行為追蹤、應對 mozilla.org/zh-TW 的強制轉址上,都可以看出我們身為 Mozilla 社群,維持獨立性、堅持應有價值的意義。

去年(2013 年)六月的智財局封網事件,也是 MozTW 社群獨立行動以堅持 Mozilla 信念的代表案例。在那之後,我們真的一直沒有空把相關的前因後果整理出來。趁著這週在舊金山參加 Mozilla 基金會全員會議,跟其他人分享相關案例的機會,整理了一份投影片。歡迎各位留言或到 moztw-general 提供意見與建議。

長久一來一直礙於人力不足,其實社群還可以做的更多、還有更多事可以做的更好,歡迎有興趣協助的人一起加入

Specially honor the two contributors of the blackout codes,
最後特別要表彰一下,元兒小喵 貢獻Blackout 程式

2014年1月12日星期日

My recommended places for Mozillians to visit in Taipei, Taiwan

As the Mozilla Taiwan (Cooperation) growing these years, more and more Mozillians visit Taipei on business and on vocation. Every time I would like to introduce some local venues for them to visit, and it seems a better way to just document everything here, than send out with individual email.

So here is my personal suggestion places, for my friends to visit during your stay.

I won't recommend places like Palace Museum and observation desk of Taipei 101 in here, where I think every visitors would already known them, but local people seldom visit ;)

But if you have at least a whole day, and would like to see some best piece of Chinese art, you should definitely visit Palace Museum.

Useful link

Scene & Tourist places

(Suitable from several hours to half day)

淡水 (Tamsui)

Located at MRT Tamsui Station (淡水站), the northern end of MRT Tamsui line (淡水線, red line). It's a history township in northern part of Taipei, but in nowadays more like a leisure place for the people in Taipei City. It's always crowded at weekend evening, people going there to see river, sunset, feel the wind blowing and have some 'small food'(gourmet snacking) at lots of food stalls there.

The small food is good, but the restaurant food is not so well at Tamsui. If you turn into some lanes, you may find some of the traditional houses or a taste of country life where other part of Taiwan would be.

If you have more time, ride a ferry to Bali (八里), the another side of Tamsui river. There is a trail along the river in Bali, with some good restaurants and even more food stalls. I recommend "Badasan", a restaurant featuring aborigines cuisine, with live aborigines song perform every night. (English menu available, suitable for 2-10 people to eat together.)

Aborigine signer is really hit in Taiwan and in Chinese POP music, many of the world-famous Chinese signer are indigenous peoples from different tribes.

貓空 (Maokong)

Maokong is locating at the terminal station of Maokong Gondola, which you can take from the MRT Taipei Zoo Station, southern end of MRT Wenhu line (文湖線, brown line). You can take the gondola with metro cards (like MRT), and don't need to get into line of ticket counter.

Maokong is traditional tea production area, and famous for it's tea houses (most of them also serve Chinese cuisine). Although the employee barely speaking English, most of them have English menu. If the way of boiled cup of traditional Chinese tea would be a problem for you, maybe reading some introduction in advance is good idea.

Go there in noon, stay until night and have a dinner. The night view of Taipei city from Maokong is really great.

北投 (Beitou)

It's closest and best Hot Spring site in Taipei. You can go to there with MRT Tamsui (red) line to Beitou Station (北投站), and take one stop transfer to Xin Beitou Station (新北投站). The hot spring area is just near the station, and you can take a half hour walking along the Guang Ming Rd. (光明路) around hot spring park, into the mid of hot spring area. Most of the hot spring hotel and bath poll is located along the road.

The average price of public hot spring poll (some is suit-up, and some are naked pool) is around NTD 100~300, some of the 5-star hotel can up to 1k, and the average price for personal bath room is about NTD 1.5k~2k for 2 hours. I specially suggest to try "青磺名湯", a hot spring bath room. It's owned by government for decades and re-open in 2012. The public bath (without dress) is only NTD120 entrance fee, and personal bath room cost 350~450 for 1~2 hours (time depends on weekday and season). The quality of spring water is recommend by many people.

象山 (Xiangshan)

The meaning of the name is "Elephant Mountain", it's the closest mountain of Taipei city, and have the best city view with 101 just in front. It only 180 meter high and took only about an hour hiking though trail to the top. You can get to the trail at MRT Xiangshan Station (象山站), which is the eastern end of Xinyi (Red) line. It's good place for a leisure walking in morning and noon.

Market

Every city in Taiwan has "Night Market", where contains ten to hundreds of food stalls with various of local foods, snacks, drinks and outfits, cheapest and delicious selections. There are many in Taipei City.

Here is a CNN article about common Taiwanese food which you can find everywhere and in most night market. It considered as recent good article on this topic*. You may use it as a reference, and help for ordering foods.

Raohe Street Night Market (饒河街夜市)

There is a good and large night market, "Raohe Street Night Market" (饒河街夜市), which is only 5 mins taxi away from Mozilla Taiwan office (and Hyatt Hotel), and 10 mins walk from MRT Houshanpi Station (後山埤站) on blue line. Unlike famous "Shilin Night Market" (士林夜市), which is mainly open for tourist (I barely go there), this one is which local people also enjoyed.

The other popular night markets in Taipei are,

  • Shida Night Market (師大夜市) near MRT Guting Station (古亭站)
    There is many outfit store and cheap restaurants in here, also many special café nearby.
  • Ningxia Night Market (寧夏夜市) at MRT Shuanglian Station (雙連站)
    Many food stalls but less outfit.

Farmer's Market

There is a farmer's market "Hope Square" (希望廣場), where just next to Guang Hua Digital Plaza (光華商場), famous computer mall at MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station (忠孝新生站).

You can buy freshest seasonal fruit, food materials, tea leaves and local grows roasted coffee beans and snacks. It's opening every weekend from 12-6pm, directly shipped from the farm across whole Taiwan and sell by the farmer themselves. The best is that you can try a bite before buying almost anything on all hundreds stalls. This is my current favorite leisure to do at every weekend.

Caffeine

There are many many good café in Taipei, most of the independent coffee shop are home roasted, and you can find different various kinds of café inside lanes everywhere.

Mr. Brown, Dante, Ikari and Starbucks is the most popular chain coffee restaurant in Taipei. The coffee of Mr. Brown is fine, Dante and Ikari for me is so-so, and about Starbucks... I'd made my mind that don't to get in any of Starbucks in Taiwan (because of moral issues of Starbucks and uni-president cooperation behind it). and I personally also don't go to chain coffee store much.

湛盧 Zhanlu Coffee

I personally consider the best café in Taipei (many also highly recommend) is Zhanlu Coffee (湛盧), for it's stability quality of coffee and service. There are several branch store, and one is locate at MRT Taipei City Hall Station (市政府站). And I often go to another branch store at MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station (忠孝新生站).

When you checkout, don't forget to say that you're my (Irvin's) friend, and I believe you'll get the membership price discount. (If not, told me.)

Friendly coffee stores with OSS community

There're also two cafés which familiar by OSS community in Taiwan. First is ökogreen (生態綠), the first fair-trade coffee shop and trader across Chinese area (China/Hong Kong/Taiwan). The second is GozCafé (果子咖啡). They're always been good friends with local OSS contributors, and of course the coffee is well no doubt.

Bubble Tea and Tea Shop

Bubble Tea (珍珠奶茶) is the most famous drinks from Taiwan. You can find a lots of tea shops across the whole city, with various choices of juice and tea. The typical menu will including from 20 to hundreds of items, but basically it's the combination of tea, milk, juice and jelly.

You can choose the tea first, which typically including Black Tea, Oolong Tea and Green Tea, whether with flesh milk (鮮奶), coffee cream (奶精) or not. Then you can choose to add bubble (aka. bōbà, perl, tapioca balls) or jelly (grass or coffee jelly), if available.

Whether drinks you choose, you have to decide the sweet and ice, from full (全) / half (半) / 20% (微) / no (去) sugar and ice. And of course you can ordering in hot. I usually order in "20% sugar and less ice" (微糖少冰), that would be already sweet enough for me.

Some of my favorite drinks are, Perl Milk Tea (波霸奶茶), Fresh Grapefruit Green Tea (鮮柚綠), Yakult Green Tea (養樂多綠), Pudding Milk Tea (布丁奶茶), Bubble Milk Green Tea (波霸奶綠), and recently popular choice, Matcha Milk Tea (抹茶牛奶).

If available, I'll order "Fresh Milk Tea" (鮮奶茶) instead of typical coffee whiteners in milk tea. Hot/Iced cocoa (熱巧克力) and Ovaltine (阿華田) also available in most drink shop.

My recommanded chain brand of Tea Shop are 50嵐 (50 'Lan', blue and yellow sign), 天仁 (喫茶趣, Cha For Tea, green sign). 鮮茶道 (Presotea, light and dark green sign), Mr.Wish, and Come Buy are also my frequent choices.

Other places in Taiwan

Taipei is consider the most convenience city in Taiwan (and the wealth one), but judged by "comfortable" and "livable", Southern Taiwan is more leisure and vocation choice. Taipei is like Tokyo in Japan, which many people moved in for job, but endure the difficultly of it's higher expense, ridiculous housing prices and crowded environment. If you'd like to take a longer vocation (several days to than a week?), I suggest you visit Eastern Taiwan and Southern Taiwan.

Eastern Taiwan (東台灣)

Eastern part of Taiwan is a valley next to Pacific Ocean, surrounded by Ocean Mountain. Most of the plain land are farms with little residents. Imagine wake up to see the sunrise and ocean. Also it's the main residential area of Taiwanese aborigines.

Southern Taiwan

Southern Taiwan has much better weather (always sunny, still warming to wear short t-shirt in winter).

Tainan (台南)

Tainan is the Kyoto of Taiwan. It's oldest city in Taiwan (almost 400 years) and people are proud of their own history, culture and food. You'll see many café/restaurant opening in old traditional residence buildings, and the history of many common food restaurants everywhere were more than a hundred year. If you love the old city and culture flavor, you'll feel and learn a lot in Tainan.

Kaohsiung (高雄)

Kaohsiung is a harbor city in the south of Tainan. It's a metro city combined with many tourism venues. You can biking through the whole city and along the harbor coast, enjoy the sunset at Qijin island then taking the boat down along the beautiful night scene of Love River.

Kenting (墾丁)

Kenting is the most southern town of Taiwan. It's a national park which is famous for it's tropical weather and ocean (which is good for surfing and diving). Its the most favorite vocation venue in Taiwan. There is also a large rock music festival every spring.

Geeky Shopping

The most popular market of electronic devices / computers / hardware parts in Taipei is "Guang Hua Digital Plaza" (光華商場) and the nearby Bade Road (八德路). It's just right in the center of Taipei City, near MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station (忠孝新生站, intersection of blue and Yellow line).

MozCafé - 'MozTW Lab' every Friday

I'll definitely have to inviting every Mozillians coming to our weekly "MozTW Lab", MozCafé event in Taipei.

Around 20 community members will gathering in "Mozilla Community Space" near central Taipei, from 7:30pm to 10pm every Friday night.

We will doing event planning, l10n, Firefox OS testing, writing webpages... and the most of all, endless chatting on Mozilla-related topics. Anyone is welcome to bring his own works/tasks/fun to attend and sharing.

Please do paid a visit to the meet-up. MozTW is an old community with various background volunteers focus on different projects. We'll definitely like to share our stories, and learn something from your Mozillian experience.

  • MozTW Lab event
  • Venue: "摩茲工寮 Mozilla Community Space - Taipei" B1, 23 Dehui St., Taipei (台北市中山區德惠街 23 號 B1)
  • Google Map (at underground floor)

Contact Me

If you have any problem, need any help, or just like to chat (need additional suggestion?), you are welcomed to drop me a mail at irvin at moztw dot org or on SNS/IM/IRC (@irvinfly). Find more contact info on my Mozillians page.