Book Sprints at Force11

If you are at Force11 in Montreal, make sure you attend this!

Barbara Rühling, CEO of Book Sprints will be presenting.

Scholarly communication regularly faces the challenge to communicate across the gap between the expertise of the subject-matter experts and that of their readers, students, other disciplines, or communities outside of academia. Collaborative writing sprints are a chance for scholars to engage their readers directly by making them co-authors in the writing process.

The Book Sprints methodology has been used for ten years to create collaborative publications; by professors, students, and learn design experts to write open textbooks; by representatives of different disciplines mapping and defining an interdisciplinary field in formation; by academics and community activists to formulate guidebooks and manifestos.

Guided by a Book Sprints facilitator, the scholars and practitioners with different backgrounds constantly check each others biases and jargon, and thus ensure a publication both reader-friendly and useful for the target audience. And because the target audience is already engaged, each contributor becomes a valuable multiplier in the dissemination of the publication. The contributors are supported by an online collaborative writing environment developed by the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation and a team of Book Sprints’ designers and copy-editors co-creating the book in a five-day sprint.

This session explores some of the learnings of the last ten years in collaborative scholarly writing and publishing.



Hindawi launches its Journal system today built on Coko PubSweet tech!!!

This week, Hindawi is releasing a new peer review system that will debut on Bioinorganic Chemistry and Applications. The new platform is open source, developed as part of Hindawi’s collaboration with the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (Coko). This release is a first step towards a network of open publishing infrastructure that Hindawi, Coko, and collaborating organisations will develop and share with the research community.

This is major news for the Coko Community.

Gett’n in the manuka

If you know anything about New Zealand, or about honey, then you know about the famous manuka honey. As it happens, there are some hives at my place in NZ which yield some pretty good manuka honey.


So I’m replanting some of the land with manuka bushes… Manuka, in case you haven’t seen it, has a beautiful flower and right now it’s spring so the manuka bushes are all in flower at the moment.


Its a beautiful thing. I also have some grass on my land that I’m trying to get rid of, so I ran across the harbor today to Ahipara and bought 75 saplings.


And my neighbor Patrick, who has been doing some work on my land, has been digging them in.


Most of the larger shrubs to the immediate left of Patrick are manuka bushes around 3-5 years old. You can see some flowers on them. The really big ones at the back left I think might be 15 years old or so. Manuka can get big, it sort of transforms from a nice bushy bush to a wild twisty tree when it gets older. They can get quite huge. Anyways, in 2 years or so I should have a little 3-4ft manuka forest out there 🙂