Engage with Editoria: How to get involved with the community

There has never been a tool quite like Editoria.

Several elements make Editoria unique, setting it far apart from open and proprietary tools that came before it. It was designed by subject matter experts and actual users! And the ability to author, edit, style, typeset and output books in browsers is revolutionary! The efficiencies that university presses and library publishers realize as a result of automated production and typesetting workflows add up to significant opportunities to scale output of monographs and other urgent academic works. All these benefits rest atop an open source infrastructure that places the academy in the driver’s seat. This is very different from working with third-party vendors who control the roadmap while locking presses in.

Still, one of the most important components of open source software is community. Communities support adopters, developers and users. Healthy communities operate in good faith, with transparency and trust, and the whole ecosystem benefits.

Here are some actions you can take today if you’d like to get involved in the Editoria community. Whether your interest is passive, or you are considering adding resources to the project, here are some ideas to get you started:

Sign up for the mailing list

The Editoria landscape is changing fast. You’ll want to know who’s adopting, what’s rolling out, where adopters are speaking, and when a new website is launching (hint: it includes a sandbox you can immediately use to experience Editoria first hand, with no setup required)! The simplest way to do this is to sign up for the Coko Foundation’s Editoria mailing list.

Register for a webinar

Editoria webinars are a fast and interactive way to come up to speed on how and why Editoria was created, as well as on the organizations involved. Hear about the problems Editoria solves directly from the founding adopters and users themselves. Interact directly with the team during Q & A. Sign up to attend!

Check the schedule

Community members are taking Editoria on the road this spring! Check out the Events schedule for a full listing of our meeting participation. Let us know if you’d like to meet up!

Do your due diligence

DSC05299-768x512Check on the health and vibrance of our community within our gitlab repository and mattermost chat channel. Fair warning: many smart people working on and discussing really interesting things in a fun and collaborative manner. 🙂

Read The Cabbage Tree Method


Coko Co-Founder Adam Hyde literally wrote the book on Open Source Collaborative Product Development. It is following this method that University of California Press’ Editorial and Production staff designed Editoria! The Cabbage Tree Method (CTM for short) emphasizes that the subject matter experts, those who will use the tool themselves, drive the decision-making during a facilitated collaborative design process:

“A fundamental rule of CTM is that no one speaks for the users, other than the users themselves.”

Also, this text was the first published Editoria output!

Drop the Community Manager a note

DSC05290-768x512If you like what you see, please let me know? I’m new to the Community Manager role and I am interested to talk with others who are new to Editoria, the community, Coko, and share perspectives. I’d love to learn about your organization, current workflows, and future directions. I can also help you strategize next steps for evaluating your interest or increasing your involvement.

Follow us on social media

There are several ways to keep up with Coko and Editoria on social media. Here they are:

Editoria on Twitter
Coko Foundation on the web
Coko Foundation on Twitter
Coko Foundation on Linked In

p.s. Maybe bookmark this page as an updated Editoria website (with sandbox) launches soon!

Share with your community!

Open source initiatives thrive when community members share code and in-kind resources. A major resource useful to growing the Editoria community will be shared contacts. If you like what you see, tell your friends and colleagues. If you have a newsletter or blog or other platform or channel, please consider featuring Editoria’s founding adopter perspectives, or early adopter use cases. Interesting content, and plenty of it!

There you go! Many resources to begin engaging with our community. Choose your level of involvement and go for it! I’d be delighted to hear from you!

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