Date: Monday, May 21, 2018 (full day)
Location: Wilson Library, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Registration: $50 (limit 100)


This full-day workshop will give attendees an opportunity to learn more about the landscape of open source publishing software and associated service providers, and give platform developers the opportunity to interact with each other and with the community.

Contact Melanie Schlosser for more information.


Registration is now open for the preconference through the Library Publishing Forum registration interface. The registration fee is $50 per person, and attendance is currently capped at 100 attendees.


Featured Platforms

Most of the formal program for the day will consist of presentations and hands-on sessions by a selected set of open source publishing platforms, including:


  • 8:00-8:30: Breakfast
  • 8:30-8:45: Welcome and opening remarks (Melanie Schlosser)
  • 8:45-10:15: Presentation session 1: PubSweet, Janeway, Vega
  • 10:15-10:30: Coffee break
  • 10:30-11:20: Interactive session 1: PubSweet, Janeway, Vega
  • 11:20-11:30: Break
  • 11:30-12:00: Lightning talks:, PKP Publishing Services, Pressbooks, PubPub, Quire, Ubiquity Press
  • 12:00-12:45: Lunch
  • 12:45-1:30: Showcase session (all presenters)
  • 1:30-3:30: Presentation session 2: Fulcrum, Scalar, OJS, Manifold
  • 3:30-3:45: Coffee break
  • 3:45-4:35: Interactive session 2: Fulcrum, Scalar, OJS, Manifold
  • 4:35-4:45: Break
  • 4:45-5:15: Closing remarks (Clifford Lynch, CNI)

Call for Showcase Session Participants

*This call is now closed.*

We are pleased to issue an open call for participants for a showcase session that will allow attendees to learn more about the broader ecosystem of open source publishing software. This hour-long, mid-day plenary session will be structured like a poster or exhibit session. Each participating organization will have a space to display materials and demonstrate their platform, tool, or service. Attendees will be encouraged to interact with as many participating organizations as they wish.

Showcase session participants will be selected by the preconference planning group based on fit with event goals and available space. Participants are expected to register for and attend the full preconference, and are encouraged to attend the Library Publishing Forum as well.

We especially invite representation from:

  • Open source platforms used to publish content online
  • Open source tools related to any stage of the publishing process
  • Service providers working with open source software
  • Organizations focused on creating or sustaining open source publishing software


Planning Group

  • Melanie Schlosser, Library Publishing Coalition (Chair)
  • Vanessa Gabler, University of Pittsburgh
  • Justin Gonder, California Digital Library
  • Kevin Hawkins, University of North Texas
  • Emma Molls, University of Minnesota
  • Peter Potter, Virginia Tech
  • Kristen Ratan, Collaborative Knowledge Foundation
  • Kevin Stranack, Simon Fraser University/Public Knowledge Project
  • Rebecca Welzenbach, University of Michigan


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