Kristen Ratan and Adam Hyde have launched the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (CKF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to evolve how scholarship is created, produced and reported. This interesting information came to us from The Scholarly Kitchen in their article, “Can You Coko? An Interview with Kristen Ratan of the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation.”

The Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (CKF), also known as Coko, is a nonprofit open source technology organization offering alternatives to the methods that currently produce and share knowledge. The directive is deliberately broad to allow many different types of knowledge and processes.

The effort was launched to transform scholarly publishing from the bottom up. There are many publishers, societies and presses who readily admit that the current state needs radical change and are eager to actively create new solutions. CKF is looking to work with these types of organizations and people to offer researchers ways to collaborate and build on each others’ work without ignoring more traditional forms of assessing, editing and improving the work.

Melody K. Smith

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