eLife Invests in Development of Open-source Content Production Tools

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Like eLife’s other open-source projects, any new features will be added to Texture in such a way that they can be repurposed by other publishers.

eLife is investing in the development of Texture – an open-source toolset for editing and production of manuscripts, designed to be integrated into publishers’ editorial and content-delivery systems.

eLife is a non-profit organisation inspired by research funders and led by scientists. The organisation supports the development of open-source tools with extensible capabilities that can be used, adopted and modified by others.

Texture was originally created by Substance Software GmbH (Substance) as a JavaScript library of tools for web-based content editing. It has been supported by a community of organisations, collectively known as the Substance Consortium, which includes Érudit, the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) and SciELO.

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Texture as eLife’s open-source project

eLife has now invested in Texture’s development to support its own open-source publishing platform. However, like the organisation’s other open-source projects, any new features will be added to Texture in such a way that they can be repurposed by other publishers.

“We’re looking forward to reducing the number of steps in the production process and regaining more control in house. Working with other members of the Consortium ensures different voices contributing to the effort and so it has the potential to be adopted by many more publishers in the future,” said Melissa Harrison, eLife Head of Production Operations.

The developers behind Substance – Michael Aufreiter and Oliver Buchtala – built the eLife Lens Reader in 2013 and have been working on the Reproducible Document Stack project.

Aufreiter commented, ” As we introduce Texture to eLife’s operations, we would like to see the Substance Consortium strengthened with new members who appreciate the benefits the software can deliver to them and their users.”

 

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