Awesome post about Coko and Open Source in Scholarly Publishing

The following post is so ridiculous its actually pretty funny:

Naiveté Scene — Open Source vs. Scale in Scholarly Publishing

It is also kinda great because not only does the author exhibit an incredible lack of understanding of what Open Source is and how it is made, but it also shows that we are getting under the skin of the right people #mustbedoingsomethingright

Surfing and Stuff

I’m taking a holiday in Hawaii to surf and do nadda for a week. I hired a 9ft Walden Magic from Mikes Maui Beach House. Nice folks. Wind is up but I had a good day yesterday on some small waves.

In the meantime, Coko had a big announcement. Announced at COASP (Conference for Open Access Scholarly Publishers) by eLifes Mark Patterson. You can find the complete announcement here:

In essence, eLife is building on top of PubSweet to build their new manuscript submission system. They will possibly re-use parts of the PubSweet components built for Collabra. That’s the beauty of the PubSweet ecosystem – you can reuse what you want, and build only the new stuff (significantly reducing the burden).

We are already collaborating with eLife and have been for some 4 weeks to refactor parts of PubSweet according to some excellent recommendations made by eLife and their dev partners YLD. They are all great people to work with.

Stay tuned, more interesting news to come!

I love Book Sprints

Sigh…I don’t have much to do with Book Sprints these days. It is its own company now, I’m still the owner and founder, but it is it’s own thing. It’s own thing run by some amazing folk. Anyways…photos like those you find here from a Book Sprint happening right now in Capetown make me miss it sorely!

Some samples from that album below.









Bulk Upload, Editoria

Bulk upload of MS Word files into Editoria. It takes the selected files, puts them in the right sections in the book and in the right order (at this moment this is determined by filename), converts each to HTML and populates the book with this content…all automagic! (thanks to Alex Theg for making the vid).