Open Source Publishing Technologies: Current Status and Emerging Possibilities


This session will focus on discussions of open source publishing platforms and systems. What is the value proposition? What functionalities are commonplace? Where are the pitfalls in adoption and use by publishers or by libraries? What potential is there for scholarly societies who are similarly responsible for publication support and dissemination? Given the rising interest in open access and open educational resources, this session will offer professionals a sense of what is available, a sense of practical concerns and a general sense of their future direction.

Confirmed speakers include Peter MurrayOpen Source Community Advocate, Index Data; Maria Stanton, Director of Production, and Christine Fruin, Scholarly Communication and Digital Projects Manager, American Theological Library Association;  Paul Shannon, Chief Technology Officer, eLife.

Event Sessions

Engaging with Open Source Technologies


An open source project that focuses only on the code is missing out on some of the biggest opportunities that the open source philosophy offers. To be sure, developing software with an open source philosophy brings a diversity of knowledge and shares the development burden over a wide group. But a community that embraces that philosophy in the conception, design, specification, and development of a project can build exceptionally useful software and a fulfilling experience for all involved. This portion of the program  explores some of the structures and processes found in successful open source communities using examples from projects inside and outside of field.

Engaging with Open Source Technologies - A Blog Entry by Peter Murray

Tried and True and Brand New: Atla Open Press Utilization of Established and Emerging Open Source Publishing Platforms


Christine Fruin

Scholarly Communication and Digital Projects Manager
American Theological Library Association (ATLA)

Launched as a formal program in 2014, Atla Open Press publishes open access works on subjects at the intersection of librarianship and religious and theological studies that potentially impact libraries. These works include monographs in three categories (scholarly editions, association editions, and open access reprints) as well as peer reviewed journals and other serials, including titles edited and produced by Atla and titles hosted for the benefit of affiliated organizations. For the management of the editorial workflow and production of these outputs, Atla Open Press relies upon established open source platforms developed by the Public Knowledge Project (Open Journal Systems and Open Monograph Press) and is also beta testing a new open source platform developed by the Coko Foundation (Editoria). Utilization of both established and emerging open source technologies presents unique opportunities and challenges for library publishing programs.

Atla’s Product team uses a range of open source technologies to enhance and deliver Atla’s flagship database, Atla Religion Database®(Atla RDB®). This discussion will touch on the use of Drupal and other tools to support bibliographic databases.

Shared Open Source Infrastructure with the Libero Community


eLife’s Product and Technology teams are actively involved in developing the Libero publishing suite – a modern, flexible, end-to-end solution for scholarly publishing. Community-driven, open-source and designed for academic publishing of the digital age, Libero is a platform of services and applications that helps content providers do more with everything they publish. The entire product suite includes Libero Reviewer (for submission and peer review), Libero Producer (production workflow management), Libero Publisher (a journal hosting and post-production publishing system), and Libero Data Hub (business intelligence tools). Paul will describe how the community-driven approach of listening to all types of publishers, service providers and other organisations has helped evolve the ecosystem around Libero to the offering available today.

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