Sowing the seeds for change in scholarly publishing

March 29, 2017

The promise of open science to improve the speed, transparency and completeness of research sharing has attracted a lot of innovators and developers creating new, open source technology solutions. All too often, though, technologies are built by organizations that see themselves as competitive with one another and work at cross purposes.  

We’re focusing on changing this culture.

INK client upgrade

March 24, 2017

As INK starts to move from a proof-of-concept prototype to a production system, we’re continually making changes to make its functionality relevant, usable and demonstratively useful.

Recently, our focus has been improving the user experience around waiting for processing. We wanted users to be aware of what is going on while files are processing in a clear manner.

All About INK (explained with cake)

February 22, 2017

INK is Coko’s ingestion, conversion and syndication environment that converts content and data from one format to another, tags with identifiers and normalizes metadata.

When an author or group of authors creates content, there is a fair bit of processing that needs to be done on the content in order to prepare it for publishing.

Track Changes (Request for Comments)

February 13, 2017
We would like some feedback from you!

In a recent Design Session, Cindy Fulton and Kate Warne (University of California Press) determined that their Editoria workflow required a ‘track changes’ feature. 

Their basic requirements were clean and simple:

  1. If the user adds text to the document: mark the text as an addition,

Book on Open Source Product Development Method Released!

February 6, 2017
At the beginning of 2016, Coko was in search of a development methodology. There wasn’t one that we thought of as a good fit, so we invented our own! Originally called Collaborative Product Development, we renamed it to the Cabbage Tree Method (CTM).

The Cab­bage Tree Method (CTM, for short) is a new way to cre­ate open source soft­ware prod­ucts.

Italics, Buenos Aires and Coko?

January 28, 2017
Part of the identity of The Collaborative Knowledge Foundation is the use of the free, libre and open source typeface called Montserrat. This typeface which is often compared to Proxima Nova for it’s charming utility, is a useful typeface, loved by many web and UI designers.

We chose for the Montserrat typeface for its geometric but at the same time outspoken character without losing practicality,

Editoria Update

January 27, 2017
Editoria is the monograph production platform we are building with the University of California Press and the California Digital Library. 
The following are some screenshots with short explanations by way of update on progress. First, it is good to understand the names of the components that comprise Editoria, they are:
  1. Dashboard –

Where we are with File Conversion

January 24, 2017
There has been quite a bit of interest in our HTML-first strategy and how we manage file conversion. The general inquiries start with ‘isn’t converting from MS Word to HTML impossible?’ through to what technologies we use and our general approach.

Well, we are pleased to report that conversion from MS Word to HTML isn’t impossible.