As the Coko Foundation puts the finishing touches on PubSweet 1.0 — and we’d love your comments on future developments, too — co-founder Adam Hyde takes you on journey back to 2007.
It’s an exciting milestone for us: After almost a year of development, INK has grown from a scribble on a bit of paper to a fully fledged, production-ready framework ready to automate some of the tricky and time-consuming aspects of document and content processing in publishing.
Coko co-founder Adam Hyde believes that open source projects should be developed with the user, not for the user. That’s pretty much the exact opposite of how most of these projects grow today, with developers scratching their own itch. The user with their needs, interests, preferences, can be an afterthought.
Hyde’s been thinking about how to make this work for awhile now — check out his book “The Cabbage Tree Method” — and recently outlined seven ways to get users more involved in the process.
For a long time, even an open source advocate might have written a passionate plea about it from a Windows operating system. Most PCs and laptops were the domain of Microsoft, whose then-CEO Steve Ballmer once compared open source to cancer. Those days are long gone, as the company’s recent OpenDev event (tagline: “See what’s possible with open source in the cloud”) attests.
First, we have our own chatroom. It runs on the wonderful Mattermost platform (open source). You can find our version running here:
The account creation page is linked from there or you can jump direct to it from here:
The main room ‘Townsquare’
Editoria, the book production platform we’re building with the University of California Press, is getting ever closer to a 1.0 release. Check out the latest blog post on the Editoria website for an overview of the system and the latest features:
There, we’ll walk you through all the major interfaces,
There has been much attention recently given to preprints, the early versions of journal articles that haven’t yet been peer-reviewed. While preprints have been around since before arXiv.org launched in 1991, fields outside of physics are starting to push for more early sharing of research data, results and conclusions. This will undoubtedly speed up research and make more of it available under open and reusable licenses.
INK is now nearing 1.0, ready in the next weeks. In anticipation of the first major release we thought you might to know a little more about what INK does and why.
When scaling great heights, sometimes you need a place to rest before moving on.
That’s one analogy for XSweet, a toolkit under development by the Coko Foundation. It offers a set of stylesheets for extraction and refinement of data from MS Office Open XML (.docx) format, producing HTML for editorial workflows.