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Thursday, November 8 • 2:30pm - 3:10pm
Toward Simplified, Digital-first Book Publishing—The Case for Open Source

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What can be achieved if a community of platform users collaborated, and contributed their expertise to form a unified field of interoperable open source solutions that are customizable? But wait! Is this what we call (gasp!) ‘open source’?

Open source technology has put on a new hat. The Coko Foundation partners with organizations in scholarly communications to develop sophisticated solutions to common problems. They provide the infrastructure and technological support for groups of organizations to innovate together and create the ideal workflow solutions that they themselves want to work with in their own organizations.

The University of California Press, together with California Digital Library, collaborated with Coko in the development of Editoria - an end to end books production workflow system that does new and exciting things; including rapid ingestion, in-browser collaboration, easily customizable design, and instantaneous digitization into a variety of digital formats. This is Editoria in its current state, and can be adopted as-is. However, the community is asking for further participation from publishers to help develop it further into an Editoria for the future!

In this presentation we will give a view to what can be achieved when on the ground system users from organizations truly collaborate, and the level of advancement in workflow that even small scale publishers and library publishing programs can expect when adopting a system such as Editoria. We will fully and honestly outline the positives and negatives of working in this kind of open source collaboration, and invite discussion around how open source might fit community needs and help smaller publishers compete.

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Catherine Mitchell

Director of Publishing, Archives, and Digitization, California Digital Library
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Erich van Rijn

Director of Journals & Open Access, University of California Press