Coko – Collaborative Knowledge Foundation

The Collaborative Knowledge Foundation’s mission is to evolve how knowledge is created, produced and reported. CKF is building open source solutions in scholarly knowledge production that foster collaboration, integrity and speed. CKF envisions a new research communication ecosystem that gives rise to wholly unique channels for research output.

CKF was founded in October 2015 and is supported by the Shuttleworth and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundations.

Reimagining publishing for Coko means shifting to a collaborative webspace with a digital-first process that posits an HTML document at the center of a flexible set of tasks and action. The Coko community is building many tools including a sophisticated web editor and a flexible workflow engine that can be configured for many different content workflows and adjusted easily to fit changing process needs.

Coko Technology (i.e. PubSweet and INK): Coko is rapidly constructing an open source technology framework with separate components that can be assembled into different platforms and adopted by anyone seeking a research communication channel. Coko is building the tools for creating many different platforms.

Decoupling Architecture: Monolithic architectures are the dominant approach in the content management system (CMS) world. The Coko founders have experience with many monolithic publishing platforms and chose to configure the PubSweet and INK architecture as a decoupled set of components that work with one or more frameworks. A decoupled architecture creates “complex systems from simple, independent, reusable components”. (Constantine, Myers, Stevens). In the case of PubSweet, it means the user or organization can choose their desired components and link them together to meet their needs. With INK, users can easily build and customize recipes from modular, chainable steps, and add or build new steps as their needs arise.

Editoria, the book production platform Coko is building with the University of California Press, is getting close to a 1.0 release. Check out the latest blog post on the Editoria website for an overview of the system and the latest features: Editoria is written in JavaScript on top of PubSweet and using the Wax editor:

xpub is Coko’s journal platform. Written in JavaScript on top of PubSweet and using the Wax editor. It can be found here:

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