Announcing continued funding for Editoria from The Mellon Foundation

The Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (Coko), together with its fiscal sponsor, Aspiration, announce a one-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation enabling the continued development of the technology and community surrounding the Editoria platform.

Editoria is a browser-based book production workflow system that has been built using open source technology. Editoria is the result of the University of California Press and California Digital Library’s Mellon-funded investigation into a more cost effective and expeditious way to produce open access monographs. The organizations identified the need for a web-based, open source content and workflow management system to support the publication of open access (OA) monographs in the humanities and social sciences, and engaged Collaborative Knowledge Foundation to bring their vision to life beginning in 2015. In Fall 2018, the Editoria Community officially took ownership of the platform.

“The Mellon Foundation’s generous support allows us to continue building the features that the Editoria community needs,” said Coko CoFounder Kristen Ratan. “It will also support community growth and governance of the open source project to continue to flourish as more and more publishers realize the power of this transformative tool.”

“Editoria’s success is vital to the sustainability of Coko long term,” commented Executive Director Allen Gunn of Aspiration. “This funding will not only further strengthen the product and community, but will enable Coko to continue building the foundation it needs to ensure that its communities and the tools they are building together continue in perpetuity.”

About Aspiration

Aspiration connects nonprofit organizations with software solutions that help them better carry out their work.  We want nonprofit organizations to obtain and use the best software to maximize their effectiveness and impact so that they, in turn, can change the world.  We identify what is available and what is missing in NGO software arena, and foster relationships, delivery systems, and sustainability strategies between NGOs around the world.

About Collaborative Knowledge Foundation

The Collaborative Knowledge Foundation activates members of the research publishing and library communities to take control of their infrastructure needs and empower them to work together, producing shared solutions for Books (Editoria), Journals (xPub) and Micropublications.

Coko is funded through the generosity of The Shuttleworth Foundation, The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and The Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Coko partners with leading publishers and research communication providers including eLife, Hindawi, the University of California Press, Wormbase, and EuropePMC, among others.

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