About the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation

Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (Coko) facilitates creation of community-owned open infrastructure for research communication that fosters collaboration, increases transparency and enables the production and dissemination of knowledge at greater speed.

We facilitate research communication organizations and institutions to take control of their infrastructure needs and empower them to work together, producing shared solutions for knowledge creation, production and sharing. Current projects include platforms for Books (Editoria), Journals (xPub) and Micropublications.

Coko is funded through the generosity of the Shuttleworth Foundation, The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Coko partners with leading publishers and research communication providers such as eLife Sciences, Hindawi, the University of California Press, Wormbase, and EuropePMC.


History & Mission

At Coko we are focused on building open infrastructure solutions for research communication that foster collaboration, integrity, and speed. We also work towards building community with the recognition that transformation of research publishing is only possible through collaboration. Kristen Ratan, our Co-Founder, has 20 years of experience developing new technology, leading strategic innovations, and building community in the publishing industry. Kristen was most recently the Publisher at the Public Library of Science (PLOS). She has held board positions with the Society for Scholarly Publishing, and Crossref and currently serves on the boards of AIP Publishing, Code for Science and Society, ASAPbio, and MIT Press. Co-Founder Adam Hyde,  is the technical lead for the project and was awarded the 2015 Shuttleworth Fellowship with the goal of building PubSweet. He has led development of several open source publishing tools including Booki, Lexicon, Objavi, and BookJS. Adam has 20 years of experience working with open source software and eight years focusing solely on developing innovative web-based collaborative publishing software.