Heather Joseph & Tim O’Reilly Join Coko Advisory Board

Coko Foundation Staff May 24, 2018

We are delighted to announce that we have two new members joining our Advisory Board: Heather Joseph and Tim O’Reilly. As part of our commitment to being community-driven, we have a board of advisors that help inform Coko’s current and future directions.

Heather Joseph is the Executive Director for SPARC, a global coalition committed to making Open the default for research and education. SPARC is a leading international advocate and policy-influencer for effective open access and open science policies and practices. She has served on the Boards of non-profit organizations including the Public Library of Science (PLOS), Duraspace, Arcadia, EIFL, the Center for Open Science and ImpactStory. In 2015, Heather was appointed to the Commerce Data Advisory Council of the United States Department of Commerce.

“Coko is committed to creating a truly open research environment by integrating openness into all of its foundational elements —from technology, to operating standards to governance.  Openness is an essential component of their entire operation, and not an afterthought applied only to outputs. It’s a vision that can have a profound impact on the communications of scholarship, and I’m pleased to help play a supporting role.” —Heather Joseph

Read more about Heather in her online profile or on her LinkedIn site.

Tim O’Reilly is is the founder of O’Reilly Media, the company whose books, conferences, and Safari online learning platform have educated generations of technologists in what they need to know to build the future. The company has also been a leader in shaping the way people think about these technologies, framing the big ideas behind the commercialization of the web in the early 90’s, open source software in the late 90’s, Web 2.0 and the Maker movement in the first decade of the new century, and more recently, open government and the “next economy.” In 1998, Tim organized the meeting where the term “open source software” was agreed on—something that’s very near to the heart of Coko. In addition to his role at O’Reilly Media, Tim is a partner at early stage venture firm O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV) and on the boards of Maker Media, Code for America, PeerJ, Civis Analytics, and PopVox. He is the author of the book WTF? What’s the Future, and Why It’s Up to Us.

“Many of the challenges of decentralized authority – challenges that are stumping the great tech platforms of today – have been solved by scientific scholarship. But traditional science publishing moves too slowly to keep up with today’s hyper-networked world. Using open source technologies to turbocharge the decentralized search for truth is a grand opportunity, and I’m glad to be a part of it.” Tim O’Reilly

Read more about Tim in his online profile or on his LinkedIn site.

In addition to Heather and Tim, the Coko Advisory Board includes:

  • Karien Bezuidenhout, Director of the Shuttleworth Foundation
  • Peter Brantley, Director of Online Strategy at University of California Davis Library
  • John Chodacki, Director of the University of California Curation Center (UC3) at California Digital Library
  • Tony Wasserman, Professor of Software Management Practice at Carnegie Mellon, Silicon Valley, & Executive Director, Center for Open Source Investigation

About Coko

Coko is committed to improving scholarly communication by making it more open, interoperable, and efficient. We build open source technology with our partners and the community that fits with this mission. Our component-based PubSweet technology framework is central to this mission, allowing our partners to quickly and easily assemble custom platforms for digital-first workflows for books, journals and micropublications. Our community-driven approach to development guarantees that anything we build will meet the needs of our partners and the broader scholarly communication world.

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