Community, Collaboration & Conferences: This week in the Cokoverse

May 8, 2019

With many spring meetings on the calendar, the small but mighty Coko team is busily moving about the world to do what we do best – facilitate collaboration of forward thinking publisher communities!

Last week, we enjoyed a successful Editoria Community Meeting in San Francisco, California. This is our second such meeting, and it took place at the Gray Area Art and Technology Center in the Mission District. The meeting included much discussion and presentation, particularly in response to the next version of Editoria released the prior week.

In Cambridge UK this week, the PubSweet Community, and Coko team members are participating in the first ever Collaboration Week – a mix of in-person and remote events aimed at ensuring component code is contributed back into repositories and appropriate robust documentation is shared along with it. Learn more about Collaboration Week!

In the US, Alison attended Council for Science Editors’ Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio. PubSweet Community members Andrew Smeall from Hindawi and Maël Plaine from eLife Sciences shared presentations about their work on submission and peer review platforms alongside Jennifer Regala of American Society for Plant Biologists and Moderator Heather Staines of MIT Press‘ Knowledge Futures Group. The session was titled Shared Open Infrastructure in Workflow, and was very well attended, and followed by much discussion with small-to-mid-sized society publishers and technology organizations in attendance.

Alison presented within a panel on Mergers and Acquisitions in the platform space, prompted by organizer and moderator Angela Cochran of American Society for Civil Engineers, as well as Michael Di Natale of BioOne. In this session, Alison and Mike shared practical examples of peer organizations collaborating to share platform infrastructure rather than contract with commercial organizations for proprietary systems.

Meanwhile, Adam facilitated Open Textbook Network in a Workflow Sprint at the Belzberg Library at Simon Fraser University. Learn more about the Sprint.

Alison will be on site at Library Publishing Forum in Vancouver Thursday and Friday, and the Editoria Community will participate in a panel from 11:15a – 12:15p on Thursday. Moderated by Catherine Mitchell of California Digital Library, the panel includes an update on the past year in the Editoria Community from Alison, as well as updates on beta use by Christine Fruin of Atla Open Press, Jason Colman of M Publishing and John Sherer or University of North Carolina Press. There will be time for discussion. On Friday, Maël will share eLife’s Libero project within the panel discussion Open Source Publishing Tools from 9:45a – 10:45a.

If you’d like to meet up at the Forum, please let us know. We’d be delighted!

Photos courtesy of Alaina Wangsgaard and Adam Hyde.