Good mention of Coko’s OS Bazaar

We got a very nice mention here 🙂

In terms of new publishing infrastructure, the emerging open source toolkits from Coko, the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation, stand out as an exciting new development. Coko supports community efforts to build useful techy stuff for open science. To get started, they focus on publication tools. Their workflow toolkit “Pubsweet” avoids the monolithic approach of commercial providers and instead allows almost limitless customization, via flexible components. In principle, every journal or book publisher, small or large, could stitch together the workflow of their dreams, pulling in various building blocks that may already be around, and/or developing own, interoperable components if needed.

Coko Surf Club

I’m in Portugal (Algave) in between events in the EU. I decided to schedule in time to stay in one place while on this 2 month Coko road trip, so Portugal it is. While here I’m doing some work and doing some surfing. Yannis (also works with me at Coko) has joined for a few days since his holiday in the Netherlands got canceled. So, Coko Surf Club reunites!




Palak Paneer

In every Indian restaurant I go to that is not a Dosa hang out, I order Palak Paneer. It’s my quest to find the best Palak Paneer I can. The quest often ends up with tasteless mulched, soggy, spinach in my mouth. But often the dish is delicious.

I’ve tried to make it a few times, but I’ve kinda failed. I haven’t tried for a while but I can remember it not being too tasty or looking kinda limp…

Anyway… so, the recent Shuttleworth Gathering, which is a meet-the-Fellows, staff, and Alumni which happens every six months, was a few weeks ago in Kerala, India. First, I ate myself stupid. The food was amazing. But… on the last full day of the Gathering, Matt Reasons, Mr ‘can do’, organised a cooking lesson led by the head chef of the place we were staying. Whoot! On top of that, I put in a special request to learn how to cook Palak Paneer ‘properly’…and what do you know…


I was joined by chefs Isha, Ryan, and Kef.


The coolest kids on the block. We had heaps of fun and the food tasted awesome. Snap of the recipe below.


There are some tricks to it of course…but ..y’know…thats between me and the chef 🙂

Great article on open source for open science

From Paul Peters, CEO for Hindawi, a great article on open source and open science/open access.

Rare in the scholarly publishing scene to find someone that understands the value of open source as clearly as is articulated here.

I’m So Lucky

I’ve been a Shuttleworth Fellow for just on two years, entering my third and final year. It has been an amazing experience. Right now I am in India at a Shuttleworth event. Of course the venue is just fantastic, surrounded by lakes in the beautiful district of Kerala. The meeting is on a boat (we are staying in amazing rooms on land). But also, its just incredible to me that I am here with 20 or so other fellows and what an astonishing bunch of people they are. Just totally amazing.

Feeling extremely lucky to be here.