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Announcing Open Publishing Fest

Published onApr 24, 2020
Announcing Open Publishing Fest

How will we shape the knowledge that will shape the future?

This question launches two weeks of discussions, presentations, and performances connecting people around the world who are presently separated by discipline and distance. Open Publishing Fest, a decentralized public event, brings together communities supporting open source software, open content, and open publishing models.

Open Publishing Fest came out of a number of conversations I’ve had recently with Adam Hyde of Coko on bridging our current divides. Our hope is to showcase what we see as a major restructuring in the way that we make our work public and learn from one another. We seek to build networks of resilience and care for people working on new ways to develop and share knowledge.

Open Publishing Fest will be held from May 18-29 in a decentralized fashion. Sessions are hosted by individuals and organizations around the world as panel discussions, fireside chats, demonstrations, and performances. We connect those points to bring them in conversation with one another and map out what’s next.

Reach out (dan[at] if you’d like to develop a session or curate events around the fest. You can also submit proposals at the website. Folks recently signed on to help develop events include Lucy Barnes at Open Book Publishers, John Chodacki at California Digital Library, Chris Hartgerink at Liberate Science, Christine Fruin of Atla, Martin Eve at the Open Library of Humanities, as well as Karen Yook, Daniela Raciti and Todd Harris of microPublication.

Special thanks to developer Julien Taquet from Coko with help from Yannis Barlas of Coko and Boris Budini from Cloud 68, and designer Kevin Muñoz at Super Mega Studio.

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