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Wednesday, November 8 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Doing Good and Doing Well: Strategies for Sustaining Open Source Community Publishing Software

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With publishing models in flux, several independent initiatives have emerged to support those who seek quicker, less costly means to publish and distribute online content. While many have a clear mission to be open source and free, supporting platforms that can serve thousands of users is serious ongoing work, that requires a great deal of time, expertise, and … money. How are innovative teams today developing ways to draw upon the current enthusiasm for community-based, open platforms, while still generating the resources they need to grow? Put another way: how are innovative projects able to do good, while also doing well?

This session brings together teams from two open source projects to discuss different approaches to addressing user needs and sustainability. The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) has developed Open Journal Systems publishing software used by over 10,000 journals around the world and Open Monograph Press, among other open source solutions. The Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (CoKo) has developed PubSweet, a component-based approach to support journal and book publishing. Both PKP and CoKo are grounded in the mission to make publishing tools freely and easily available to those who need them, and both are pursuing different strategies to grow and sustain their operations.

A moderated Q+A with the project leads will let participants hear about these two approaches, the strengths and current challenges both project face. Then, participants will be drawn into a larger discussion about innovative publishing platforms, the benefits and challenges of working closely with a community of users, and ways to be innovative and open, while still keeping the lights on. This session will be of interest to those engaged in publishing of all types, as well as those leading any sort of open source or other community-based program, where it is critical to create a reliable business model or other system of support.


Rebekah Darksmith

Collaborative Knowledge Foundation

James MacGregor

Associate Director, Public Knowledge Project
Associate Director of Strategic Projects and Services, Public Knowledge Project, SFU Library
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Nancy Maron

BlueSky to BluePrint, LLC
Nancy works with publishers, librarians and other innovative project leaders to define, test and refine assumptions about their new and existing products and services. She honed her skills in over 20 years of experience working at the nexus of publishing, higher education and technology... Read More →

Wednesday November 8, 2017 12:45pm - 2:00pm EST
Carolina Ballroom A, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401