Season of Docs 2022 program results

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Season of Docs is a Google program that provides support for open source projects to improve their documentation and gives professional technical writers an opportunity to gain experience in open source. We’re delighted to announce the 2022 program results!

From April 14 to November 14, 2022 selected open source organizations worked with their chosen technical writer to complete their documentation project.

  • 30 open source organizations finished their projects
  • 93% of organizations had a positive experience
  • 90% of organizations felt their documentation project was successful

Take a look at the list of completed projects to see the wide range of subjects covered!

We’d also like to share that the 2021 case study report has been published on the website. The results are based on the three post-program followup surveys sent to the organizations to determine whether or not their initial metrics had been met. A few highlights from the report include:

  • A diverse range of open source projects participated in the 2021 program: languages, Python ecosystem projects, education, climate, machine learning, fintech, robotics, developer tools, documentation tools.
  • Most projects focused on creating documentation to reduce maintainer burden through reducing issues and questions, and/ or increasing project participation either by project users or contributors.
  • 18 projects reported they were still working with their technical writer (four technical writers are participating in a paid role).

Looking forward to Season of Docs 2023? Stay tuned and watch for posts on the Google Open Source blog and sign up for the announcements email list. For organizations and technical writers interested in applying for next year’s program, check out the guides, the FAQ, and the accepted project proposals from 2022 and previous seasons.

If you were excited about participating, please do write social media posts. See the promotion and press page for images and other promotional materials you can include, and be sure to use the tag #SeasonOfDocs when promoting your project on social media. To include the tech writing and open source communities, add #WriteTheDocs, #techcomm, #TechnicalWriting, and #OpenSource to your posts.

By Romina Vicente and Erin McKean – Google Open Source Programs Office