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One Platform, Infinite Uses. How We Build PubPub For Novel Publishing Experiments.

Presented during the Open Publishing Fest, this resource focuses on the thinking behind the development of PubPub and showcases the platform's new dashboard.
Published onJul 01, 2020
One Platform, Infinite Uses. How We Build PubPub For Novel Publishing Experiments.




PubPub, an open-source platform from the Knowledge Futures Group, is built to allow publishing communities of all types to experiment with new publishing models.

This interactive session, lead by PubPub's Product Lead, will focus on the community-driven processes and philosophies we use to build PubPub for the publishing world of the future (while also supporting today's needs).

As part of the session, we'll showcase success stories from communities using PubPub in innovative ways like open review, community annotated articles, blogging sites, and even intranets. We'll also turn the lens on PubPub by using it as a notes and Q&A platform for the talk, demonstrating the features in real-time.

If you use or are interested in PubPub, this session will be an opportunity to see how other communities use it and get a tour of new Dashboard and permissions feature. Even if you don't use PubPub, you'll learn about publishing models pioneered with PubPub that can be applied anywhere.


  • Brief intro to KFG

  • Brief intro to PubPub

    • History

    • How we describe the product

    • Where we’re going

    • Why we’re not self-hosted

  • Development Philosophy

    • Having a seat at the table vs. Going it alone

    • Letting users lead vs. bringing big ideas from other spaces

  • Product Process

    • Clear Vision & Strategy

    • Product Discovery

  • Examples of Novel Uses (Want to add yours? Add below by clicking here.)

Micah Vandegrift:

Thanks for sharing this! I found it from the Help page, because I am wondering what kind of boundaries can be stretched within the platform and the talk/slides are helping me conceptualize a bit.