Dear yt-ers, as many of us teach and train students (or are students),
I wanted to draw attention to a new project that I've been working on,
the Open Astrophysics Bookshelf. Essentially it is just a github
organization where open (CC-licensed) astro texts can be hosted as git
repos. The idea is that many of us have our own set of notes, with
varying degrees of polish, and by hosting the latex source on github,
we can invite other contributors to add to the notes. This would also
enable the community to crowdsource new texts of interest to our
field, and free us all up from reinventing the wheel.
And since everything is openly licensed, anyone can create mash-ups of
the content to suit their needs. I have a project page up here where
you can read some initial ideas:
I've already moved my set of notes on Computational Astrophysical
Hydrodynamics there and I've contacted several of our colleagues about
hosting their own course notes/texts there as well---hopefully once
summer hits, we'll see some new stuff.
There is an empty template for a Scientific Computing Cookbook to
share tips/techniques and good practices across our field---this
latter one is a case where crowdsourcing can hopefully put something
nice together. Many people I've spoken to in our field have noted the
need for some instructions on computing to new grad students.
The way I envision things working is that a book would have a lead
author (or authors) who are responsible for the overall flow, tone, etc.,
and as many contributing authors as want to help out, all of whom would
be listed on an author page (and, of course, in the git history).
Anyway, that's my ad---if contributing to community-sourced texts or
opening up something you've already written for a class interests
you, then I hope that you will help out.