We build, you publish.

We build publishing platforms, either with you or for you.

The Coko team and community has built over a dozen highly successful publishing platforms – making us the most experienced folks in the business. If you want an existing publishing platform extended or you want us to build your next platform then drop our founder a line – adam@coko.foundation

The most experienced development team in publishing

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    Adam Hyde

    Coko Founder

    Adam brings publishing and technical leadership as well as pioneering insights into publishing workflows and technologies. Adam was awarded the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Shuttleworth Fellowship. Adam is also technical advisor for the OA Switchboard project, holds a seat on the Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) Management Board, and co-founder of the Coalition for Open Access Publishing Infrastructure in Africa project.

    Drop Adam a note at: adam@coko.foundation

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    Dione Mentis

    Technical Manager

    Dione is an independent publishing consultant with over 10 years experience in the industry. Her expertise lies in educational content production, particularly digital-first, multi-format books. She joins Coko as our Technical Manager with a keen interest in optimising open-access production workflows and content development.

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    Bethany Lyons

    Financial Administrator

    Bethany comes from the US but lives in Raglan, New Zealand. Bethany is part-owner and operator of the beautiful Koru Lodge and also teaches yoga.

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    Yannis Barlas

    Lead Developer

    Yannis has many years experience developing full stack applications and has been part of building almost every platform to come out of Coko.

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    Danjela Shehi


    Danjela has been working with Coko for almost 2 years and prior to this was engaged mostly in development of enterprise applications for more than four years.

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    Ben Whitmore

    Lead Kotahi Developer

    Ben joins us from the lovely town of Raglan, New Zealand. Ben is the lead dev for Kotahi and works closely with all collaborating organizations wanting to use and extend Kotahi.

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    Sidorela Uku

    QA Engineer

    Sidorela is our talented QA engineer and really passionate about open source projects and open knowledge.

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    Giannis Kopanas


    Giannis is a full stack engineer with more than ten years of experience in Web Applications. Giannis has been involved with building several of the platforms to come out of Coko.

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    Alexis Georgantas

    Lead Editoria Developer

    Alexis is a full stack engineer. Alexis is the lead developer on Editoria and leads the development on the community Feature Proposal process.

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    Faith Bosworth

    Media Writer

    Faith is a writer, facilitator, activist, thinker. Faith assists with much of the communication and content strategy for us, especially with our series of collaboratively written blog posts.

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    Anne Erika Schmidt

    Exec Assistant and Logistics

    Anne has been the executive assistant of Coko founder Adam Hyde since 2018. Before she joined the team she was a research associate in the field of art history at Humboldt University Berlin.

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    Raewyn Whyte

    Copy Editing

    Raewyn is our copy editor. Raewyn Whyte is an editor, indexer, and dance critic who writes for web and print.

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    Henrik van Leeuwen


    Henrik is our UX expert. He is also something of a design guru from the Netherlands. Henrik is interested in hardware development and has extensive expertise in interaction and graphic design.

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    Ryan Dix-Peek

    Kotahi Project Manager

    Ryan joined Coko with 10 years experience in edtech, creating content and working with leaner management systems. Ryan leads the project management of Kotahi.

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    Molly McCabe

    Video Updates Producer

    Molly has grown up in the beautiful town of Raglan, New Zealand where she still calls home. Molly has been working with us on capturing Coko video updates to share with our wider community.

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    Julie Blanc

    Labs Team - Pagedjs

    Julie is a CSS guru and plays a vial role in interpretation of the PagedMedia CSS specs and testing if paged.js is compliant. Julie also does quite a bit of presenting about PagedMedia and how it works. Julie lives in Paris and is undergoing her PHD there at the University of Paris 8 (Paragraphe lab) and at EnsadLab-Paris. Julies work and research focuses on the implications of automated typesetting in design practices.

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    Fred Chasen

    Labs Team - Pagedjs

    Fred is well known in this domain, having worked on publishing platforms and pagination for OReilly and Readium. Fred is also the founder of the popular epub.js. Fred is the main JavaScript developer for paged.js and lives in L.A.

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    Julien Taquet

    Labs Team - Pagedjs

    Julien is a book production expert having honed his skills with CSS book production in rapid production environments like Book Sprints. Julien now is focused on building community around Paged.js and bringing his skills to educate the growing community fo designers wanting to migrate to CSS book design.

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    Christos Kokosias

    Labs Team - Wax

    Christos has been building web based word processors using a number of different open source frameworks, for the last 3 years. He is currently rebuilding Wax 'the right way' making it infinitely more extensible and customisable. Christos lives in Athens, Greece.

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    Wendell Piez

    Labs Team - XSweet

    Wendell is a stone cold guru in the XML and XSLT worlds. Now working with National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST), Information Technology Laboratory (ITL), Wendell is also a long term friend of the XML Guild and has been deeply involved in Balisage for many years. Wendell lives in Maryland, USA.

Coko Advisory Board

As part of our commitment to being community-driven, we have a board of advisors that help inform Coko’s current and future directions. The board is convened at least once annually.

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    Alison McGonagle-O'Connell


    Alison worked for Coko until recently and now joins both our Advisory Board and the Editoria Advisory Group. We are delighted to be working with Alison in this capacity going forward.

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    Charlie Ablett

    Senior Backend Engineer, GitLab

    Charlie used to work as lead dev on the INK project which we started in 2016 and completed in 2018. We feel extremely proud Charlie has agreed to return and lend her vast experience as a developer to the Coko thinking.

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    John Chodacki

    Director, University of California Curation Center (UC3) at California Digital Library

    John was there at the beginning of Coko and helped shaped the original idea. We are happy he stays with us!

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    Karien Bezuidenhout

    Director, Shuttleworth Foundation

    Long time friend of Coko, the Shuttleworth Foundation provided the first seed funding for Coko based on Founder Adam Hyde's Fellowship.

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    Peter Brantley

    Director of Online Strategy, University of California Davis Library

    Peter Brantley is well known in publishing as the founder of the very important Books in Browsers conference series and the Read2.0 list.

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    Tim O’Reilly

    Founder and CEO, O’Reilly Media

    Tim O'Reilly is well known within publishing and tech circles. Tim has been very generous with his time providing great feedback on Cokos' strategic direction.

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    Tony Wasserman

    Professor of Software Management Practice, Carnegie Mellon, Silicon Valley, & Executive Director, Center for Open Source Investigation

    Tony has been involved in so many interesting and foundational open source projects, and we are honored to have his voice added to the Coko Advisory Board.

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    Evan Henshaw-Plath (Rabble)


    Rabble is a technologist who explores the intersection of product, engineering, and the political systems in which they exist. His passion is in the space of new emerging start-ups and making the world a better place through civic technology projects. Evan is has helped found and grow a vast number of interesting organisations and technologies including indymedia, Crafted Code, Twitter, Neo, Affinity.works, and Planetary.