From a March press release announcing the “EnableOA” publishing platform:
The Amnet and Coko Foundation partnership has paved the way for EnableOA: an open access publishing platform for the scholarly community. It is a comprehensive framework with a slew of modular and smart features that allow customization of the platform to best suit the publishing requirements of a user. The platform is designed to reduce publishing cost and time while supporting greater collaboration, research and development integrity, distribution, and transparency.
I hadn’t heard of Amnet before. It’s a buzzword-heavy, India-based contract publisher, specializing in “Smartshoring®”: “a smart balance between onshore and offshore resources enriched with strategic global partnerships across multiple geographies.” The company—which is part of a larger holding group—is clearly moving into scholarly publishing, with the EnableOA journal and book platforms.
The weird thing is that the platforms are built on two core Coko softwares: Kotahi (journals) and Editoria (books). Coko, of course, is short for Collaborative Knowledge Foundation, run by energetic coder-entrepreneur Adam Hyde.
Hyde and Coko are fixtures in the nonprofit scholarly publishing world. They have a major hand in the Open Publishing Awards and Open Publishing Fest, for example. And yet there’s been an apparent shift in focus at Coko. One way to capture this is by homepage tagline. Up through 2019:
Transforming Knowledge Creation and Sharing
The Coko Foundation is a non-profit organization transforming how knowledge is created, improved, and shared. Our goal – to build community-owned solutions in open science, open research, and open education.
We build, you publish.
We use open-source technology to build the best publishing tools in the business. Whether you’re looking to extend an existing platform or build something new, we can help you build better, in less time and for less money.
That’s a pretty big change. And so is for-profit Indian outsourcing.