Cultivating community across two days in Chicago

This week, the Editoria Community came together for the third time in two years to discuss the future of the platform. This time, we hosted in Chicago, Illinois, and were joined by organizations from across the globe, and across the publishing space!

Originally envisaged as a platform to produce OA monographs in the scholarly space, Editoria is now being used to support a wide range of use cases, in locales around the world.

Prior to the official meeting’s start on Tuesday morning, Monday evening the newly minted Editoria Advisory Group met for a meeting and dinner. This is the first time this committed group of community leaders gathered to discuss how to share input and guidance to keep Editoria advancing in a productive and positive manner.

Our speaking lineup included a demonstration of the latest version (Nisyros), and a discussion following. The group is extremely pleased with the extended export functionality including the ability to manage multiple css templates, to edit and save edits to them, and the ability to export to ICML. These were requests coming out of our meeting in April, and our hats are off to the Coko development team for bringing substantial wishlist items to life in very short time.

Following the demo and discussion, Benetech presented. The Editoria accessibility workgroup opted this summer to work with Benetech to identify the functionality that needs to be included in the platform in order for publishers using it to take advantage of a planned GCA certification for the pipeline. Michael Johnson discussed many of the reasons why thinking about content within a ‘born accessible’ context is urgent and necessary.

Next, we heard from the Cour des comptes, a Paris-based court of audit that has developed a custom version of Editoria for producing, reviewing, editing, publishing and archiving reports. This was the first time the group saw the platform (called Plume) in action, and all were interested in the shared problem spaces between audit reports and traditional scholarly works.

Following Cour des comptes, Atla Open Press presented on their experience creating a book using Editoria in a presentation titled “The good, the bad, and the beautifully crafted.” Information Literacy and Theological Librarianship circulated the room in print format during the presentation.

Following Atla, Book Sprints shared their use case, which includes a flat-collaborative workflow during rapid facilitated authoring and editing of books with tech and NGO organizations. Editoria has been used by Book Sprints since 2018, and the organization, which is based in Berlin, announced the organization has already commissioned the creation and sharing of custom templates community-wide.

Following Book Sprints, Paged.js gave an update on the past 12 months, and indicated some future directions.

Following Paged.js, Punctum Books treated the group to a talk on funded projects in the open infrastructure space. Key takeaways included that we must all work together, regardless of attachment to separately funded projects, if we expect open infrastructure to succeed and persist.

Last, Coko Founder Adam Hyde presented on the current state of the platform and the community. The current state is that Editoria is thriving. It’s in adoption by a geographically and use case diverse group of organizations. It’s seeking philanthropic funding but has a plan for how to  move away from reliance on it within a couple of years. It’s strong thanks to a very committed and generous community. Review Adam’s slides.

Following this long and productive day, the group headed to the Chicago Christkindlmarket to debrief and enjoy some holiday wine in keepsake mugs, to reconvene bright and early the following day.

Day two was all about discussion. The community opted to take responsibility for many of the current Editoria operations. We discussed divvying up the responsibility for representing Editoria at industry meetings and trade shows, for writing blog posts and updating the website, for administering demos, and making demo videos. The feeling is that if we all do a little, a lot can be accomplished.

The group also opted, importantly, to delay the next community roadmap process in favor of allowing the development team to focus on the large job of adding an asset manager to the tool.

We agreed to meet again in conjunction with the Library Publishing Forum. We will be in touch soon with more details, confirmed location and dates, and information.

Twenty-three amazing individuals assembled to form the community this time around. All committed to bringing one new organization along next time. It is in this spirit that we move forward with much gratitude for all that our community is doing to advance.

We wish to thank all who participated in this successful event! We look forward to reconvening in six months. In the meantime, if you want a demo, or more info,  just reach out to us.


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