Tariq Goddard studied philosophy at King’s College London, as well as Continental Philosophy at the University of Warwick and the University of Surrey, and is now an award winning writer. Since 2008, he and his wife run Zero books, as well as an organic herb farm. Zero Books have published over one hundred titles in areas ranging from philosophy and politics to poetry and fiction. They currently have over forty titles in production.

Hybrid Publishing Lab: When starting with Zero books in 2008 you decided to jettison an office and work online with an electronic database. What was the reason for this decision and how does this affect your work as a publisher? Continue Reading…

Henry WarwickHenry Warwick, Ph.D., is an artist, composer, writer, and assistant professor in the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University in Toronto, and is a research fellow at the Infoscape Lab at Ryerson.  Originally from Edison, New Jersey, he has lived in Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA. An active artist in a variety of media, his visual art work is in a variety of collections both private and corporate.
His music can be downloaded for free at his website, kether.com. His most recent record, “Something Borrowed” is available at auricular.com. His book, “The Radical Tactics of the Offline Library” is available through the Institute of Network Cultures, http://networkcultures.org/. Since 2007, he has lived in Toronto with his wife, Beth, and their daughter, Elizabeth.

Hybrid Publishing Lab: What is the impact but also the potential of piracy in our society?
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Gigaom‘s Mathew Ingram has written an article on new business models. Ingram takes a look at The Guardian, to see that what they are selling, is not access: “Like the music industry, the Guardian has realized that the value in media isn’t in selling access to a specific product or unit of content, but in creating a deep relationship with readers and fans who want access”. Read the whole article here.

A new study looks at how engineers and designers from companies like Storify, Zite, and Google News see their work as similar — and different — from traditional journalism. Mike Ananny and Kate Crawford have published the results of their study looking at new information flows within digital technologies. Are algorithms the new editors? Read all about it here.

Andrew Hughes of the Research School of Management at the Australian National University has published an article on what free really means today. Read about the crisis of business models and why, in his opinion, free was never really free here.

Open Access definitions might be varied, however the LSE blog for social sciences has recently posted an article by Glyn Moody, reminding authors that giving up copyright might be a bad idea. What to draw from the software debate and which key areas of division exist in the licensing jungle can be explored here.

The PSFK Labs met up with John Sherry, director of User Experience Design at Intel Corporation, and Brandon Barnett, director of Business Innovation at Intel Labs to discuss the open source movement from a business perspective. Read the full interview here.

lovink.geertGeert Lovink is a media theorist, internet critic and author of Zero Comments (2007) and Networks Without a Cause (2012). Since 2004 he is researcher in the School for Communication and Media Design at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA) where he is the founding director of the Institute of Network Cultures. His centre recently organized conferences, publications and research networks such as Video Vortex (the politics and aesthetics of online video), Unlike Us (alternatives in social media), Critical Point of View (Wikipedia), Society of the Query (the culture of search), MoneyLab (bitcoins, crowdfunding & internet revenue models) and digital publishing strategies. He is also a media theory professor at the European Graduate School (Saas-Fee).

Hybrid Publishing Lab: What topics are you currently concerned with in your work or research? Continue Reading…

open-acccess-days-2014Last Week the German Open Acces Days 2014 took place at the University of Applied Science in Cologne. The german speaking Open Access Community came together to discuss about and promote Open Access (OA) as a new norm in scholarship and research communication. It has been a great event with great talks, fabulous presentation and interessting converstions.

This years Open Access Days 2014 were focusing on:

  • Scholarly societies and Open Access
  • Open Access models for monographs and edited volumes
  • Implementation of the Open Access Directive in the EU framework programme Horizon 2020
  • Guidelines and guiding principles for Open Access: Implementation and experiences
  • Creative Commons: Rationale, opportunities, and risks
  • Impact measurement of Open Access
  • Open Research Data: Infrastructures, opportunities, and limits
  • Advisory services on Open Access
  • Qualifying for Open Access at university and at work
  • Open Access and subscription: Open Access options and transformation strategies

Here is a short Twitter-Review about the event: Continue Reading…

blaesi.christophAs a professor for book studies at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and and permanent visiting professor at the University of St. Gallen, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christoph Bläsi is teaching in the fields of digital publishing and book economy. His research covers among others semantic technologies, text and publishing structures, trend analysis of the book market and the effect of media convergence on the book. Recently, Christoph Bläsi has worked in particular on the (non-)interoperability of ebook formats and format standards as well as on the self-conception, the theories and methods of publishing studies.

Hybrid Publishing:  The increasing supply and demand of e-books in the book industry results from new development in technology. How does this affect the way society perceives the cultural role or value of a book? And what challenges arise from this phenomenon for booksellers and publishers? Continue Reading…

New: The Open Access Repository Ranking

pold.soerenSøren Pold is Associate Professor of Digital Aesthetics at the Department of Information and Media Studies, Aarhus University, and leads the research programme “Humans and Information Technology” which is part of the interdisciplinary research centre Participatory Information Technology. He is an expert in the fields of in digital and media aesthetics, electronic literature, net art, software art, creative software, urban interfaces and digital culture and has a strong interest in interface criticism as a research perspective.

Hybrid Publishing: How important is the impact of the interface for our handling of knowledge, and should libraries pay more attention to media aesthetics? How could this change the role of the library?
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The Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN) and Jisc collection are setting up an OA monograph service. The pilot projects aim is to design and set up a centralised service in cooperation with UK universities to support and encourage the publication of Open Access (OA) peer-reviewed monographs. Read the full project description here.

Paul Vierkand and Maxi Kindling of HU Berlin have created an Infograph displaying the most valuable open access repositories in Germany. Based on 2014 Census of Open Access Repositories in Germany, Austria and Switzerland [1] data that has been categorized for this ranking into General Information, Usability, Value-added Services, Metadata, Interoperability and Community. Check it out here.

Margaret Atwood has been named as the first contributor to the Future Library Project. Every year until 2114, one writer will be invited to contribute a new text to the collection, and in 2114, the trees will be cut down to provide the paper for the texts to be printed – and, finally, read. Until then, all manuscripts will be stored – without any feedback to the author. Read all about the project and its first contributor here.

Graham Steel, open access advocate, talked to the Open Access Button about why he believes that paywalls stifle innovation and progress in science. This interview is the beginning of a series, where the blog highlights the work of the OA community it engages with.

A new project kickstarts today researching what the initiators are calling Generation E – European expats under the age of 40 taking on the EU’s fundamental right of free movement to build a future within Europe, but not in their homeland. The Project is crowdsourcing stories from Italy, Greece, Spain and Portugal specifically, but also other European migrant stories, in an attempt to track supposed openness within European movement. Read about the project here.

And last but definitely not least, here is a very useful list of open access journals with impact factors.


We proudly present the speakers of the Post-Digital Scholar Conference! birchall.clare
This interview series will give you a first impression of whom you will be seeing at the conference and with what topics they are concerned with.

Dr Clare Birchall is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of North American Studies at the King’s Collge London. Her research is mostly concerned with the relationship between secrecy and transparency in the digital age. She is one of the editors for the online journal Culture Machine; an editorial board member and series co-editor for the Open Humanities Press; and part of the team behind the JISC-funded Living Books about Life series.

Hybrid Publishing: What topics are you currently concerned with in your work or research, anything that relates to the conference? Continue Reading…

Scientists criticise new “open access” journal which limits research-sharing with copyright

Check out the Open Steps event calender! The new site for open knowledge related projects aggregates worldwide resources to inform researchers in the field. You can find many upcoming Open Knowledge events taking place all across the globe. Never miss one again: check it out here.

The Open Access Button is launching a mobile app. This work is being funded by JISC as part of the Summer of Student Innovation initiative, and you can read the first of many blogposts updating on the development here.

As Colleges opened in the US last week, students are faced with a large sum to spend on textbooks for the following semester. Blair Horner, Legislative Director of the New York Public Interest Research Group, has commented on how the lack of open textbooks are holding back the country’s educational potential. Read and listen to the full piece here.

Scholarly Kitchen‘s Kent Anderson interviewed Gordon Nelson, President of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP), after he had published an article in the Capitol Hill publication The Hill with the title: “What happens when you take something of value and give it away?”. Read the interview about public access policies, open access and the viability of scientific societies here.

Paul Barrett has written a rational post on implementing OA. While he is a self-declared advocate of OA, he identifies speed bumps and problems that need to be worked on. Read the full piece on his blog.

Open Access Heatmap: Number of Open Access Journals per Country

Who governs science? The guardian’s science section, occams corner, discusses the recent retraction of two papers on stem-cell research. According to the author of the article, Stephen Curry, this event marks the weaknesses of the self-regulatory process of peer review, which needs to be addressed by all scientists. Read the article in full here.

Laura Hazard Owen has covered recent protests of Amazons actions against book publisher bonnier in Germany. According to the article on Gigaom, more than 1100 German, Austrian and Swiss authors have a letter of protest to the company. Amazon has been delaying Bonnier book shipments (as a result of keeping fewer Bonnier titles in stock). Read the report here.

Sampo Viiri of the Finnish Institute in London blogged about Wikimania, the annual event of the Wikimedia movement which took place from the 8-10th of August in London. The event, a festival-congress-hybrid, included over 200 speakers in 8 simultaneous spaces inside the Barbican Centre, with fringe events and hackathons running during the event and preceding it. The full report is available here.

On a blogspot titled “Musings about Librarianship” an article describes how academic libraries might change when open access publishing becomes the norm. The piece predicts a larger change as was the case in the print-to-digital shift and questions whether or not the shift to open access is inevitable. Read in full here.

Jon Tennant has posted an article to the Open Access Button blog with thoughts on for-profit publishers, open access and academic culture. The OA enthusiast calls paywalls the “failure of publishers” to do the one job they were assigned to do. Read his critical piece here.

Proud2Know posted a small piece on 7 institutional benefits to implementing open access. The points were shared this summer on a joint SPARC Europe LIBER workshop in Riga as part of programme management work done for SPARC Europe. Check them out here.

What can publishing mean for theory today? Jussi Parikka asked us to explain our new project meson press