2020 Update #10: Coko announces one-year contract with NCBI

Mar 23, 2020

Coko has received a one-year contract from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a center within the US National Library of Medicine, to build a content management system to support its Bookshelf resource.

Bookshelf, which provides free online access to books and documents in the life sciences and in healthcare, is in need of a new content management system because its existing CMS is built on Microsoft Silverlight, which will no longer be supported by Microsoft after October 2021. For this reason, NCBI reached out to Coko for some help conceptualizing and building a new, open source content management system to support Bookshelf.

In response, Coko’s Founder and expert facilitator Adam Hyde visited the team’s Bethesda, Maryland offices to Workflow Sprint what functionality is needed, and how can it be built most efficiently.

NCBI crew in one of the sessions facilitated by Adam Hyde.

We are happy to share the news that NCBI has contracted the Coko team to undertake this development. Under the current plan, the work will take about one year.

The Bookshelf’s content management platform will ingest disparate book and document file formats from a variety of sources. It needs to integrate with other internal systems in use at NCBI, as well as to allow for both automated and human QA of content. The platform will support manual upload and FTP submissions of book and document files and will include a file manager as well as a book builder component. There is a possibility that some components from Editoria could be leveraged within the build. The ability to manage a complex workflow that is role-based will be critical to the project. Coko’s PubSweet framework is well-suited for building this kind of content management system.

The Coko development team for this project includes Hyde as Technical lead, Dione Mentis as Project Manager, Developers Giannis Kopanas and Danjela Shehi, and Henrik van Leeuwen for UX design.

“Strategically, this project is very important for us,” commented Adam Hyde, “An important part of our sustainability plan is to build open source CMS platforms fast, efficiently and at a cost that small not-for-profits and larger orgs can afford. Bookshelf is one such project and the team is also very creative and fun to work with!”