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Coko was initially funded through our Founder Adam Hyde’s Shuttleworth Fellowship. Later we received funding through the generosity of the The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Coko’s community includes leading publishers and research communication providers such as eLife Sciences, Hindawi, the University of California Press, Wormbase, and EuropePMC.


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    Adam Hyde

    Coko Founder

    Adam brings publishing and technical leadership as well as pioneering insights into collaborative knowledge production methods and technologies. Adam was awarded the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Shuttleworth Fellowship from which he provided the original seed funding for Coko. 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.

    Adam has 30 years of business experience in non-profit and for profit environments, his first position as a CEO was at age 23. Adam has over 12 years of experience in innovative publishing processes and technologies and has been embedded in the publishing industry for almost 10 years. He is also very well known for his facilitation skills having founded Book Sprints and the Workflow Sprint method for optimizing publishing workflows.

    Adam has also received the New Zealand Open Source Community award, and is frequently asked to present at publishing, technology, and open source events alike.

    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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    Yannis Barlas

    Lead Developer

    Yannis has many years experience developing full stack applications. Yannis is working on the rapid and robust development of front-end components for PubSweet including those used by the Editoria and micropublication.org platforms.

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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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    Danjela Shehi


    Danjela has been engaged mostly in development of enterprise applications with different technologies in back end and front end for more than four years. Since 2019, she took a turn from the enterprise world to join us at Coko as a full stack developer. Danjela is working closely with Sidorela from the Tirana office and in close collaboration with the broader Coko dev team.

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    Jure Triglav

    PubSweet Developer

    Jure is a medical doctor who, near the end of his studies, became more interested in software development, specifically the role it plays in enabling free access to important bits of information. Jure has over 8 years of experience being an open science software developer, having worked for various organisations in this space since 2011. Jure joined Coko in September 2015 as a developer tasked with building a component-based framework - PubSweet.

    Jure's Personal Blog
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    Sidorela Uku

    QA Engineer

    Sidorela is a front-end developer and really passionate about open source projects and open knowledge, contributing for more than 4 years to open source projects such as Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap and Nextcloud. Sidorela is working with Danjela from our new Albanian office.

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    Giannis Kopanas


    Giannis is a full stack engineer with more than ten years of experience in Web Applications. Giannis built the SimpleJ journal platform on PubSweet.

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    Alexis Georgantas


    Alexis is a full stack engineer. He joined Coko as a front-end engineer in order to contribute to the development of PubSweet components. Since then Alexis has been appointed the lead developer on Editoria and leads the development on the community Feature Proposal process. Alexis knows Editoria and book production systems inside out and recently rebuilt the entire Editoria platform in less than 5 months.

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    Donald Merizaj


    A software developer working since 2016 on developing enterprise applications, mainly with back-end technologies and mobile development.

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    Henrik van Leeuwen


    Henrik is something of a design guru from the Netherlands. He received his graphic design masters degree from the Sandberg Institute and works on interactive projects with his brother. Henrik is interested in hardware development and has extensive expertise in interaction and graphic design. Henrik also works for Book Sprints and does all the UX work for Coko.

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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. She is also a writing coach, workshop and seminar leader. Her editing experience ranges from compiling and editing quarterly newsletters and magazines, academic support services for textbooks, dissertations, grant applications and journal submissions; government documents; to copy editing and proofreading of collaboratively written books. Raewyn is also a remote copy editor for Book Sprints Limited and the dance editor for the New Zealand performing arts archive Theatreview.

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    Anne Erika Schmidt

    Exec Assistant and Logistics

    Anne has been the executive assistant of Coko founder Adam Hyde since 2018. Anne also manages projects at Book Sprints. Before she joined the team she was a research associate in the field of art history at Humboldt University Berlin. She also worked at different NGOs in the social field where she was in charge for project management and finance.

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    Faith Bosworth

    Media Writer

    Faith is a writer, facilitator, activist, thinker. Faith’s experience and skills in organising and communication in the NGO sector are now being put to good use at Coko. She assists with much of the communication and content strategy for us, especially with our series of collaboratively written blog posts, and we love having Faith as part of the team.

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.