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Last week the Hybrid Publishing Consortium presented their research project „Merve Remix“ at the Frankfurt Book Fair. In cooperation with the publishing house Merve and the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture (IMCC) of Westminster University the Hybrid Publishing Consortium had worked with ~150 books of the Merve catalogue. The project exemplary shows the range of possibilities for publishers and readers, emerging through digitization.

Visit the prototype here: http://merve.consortium.io/browse.cgi

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This was the first public outing of the software ecology the Consortium has assembled as A-machine. For the ‘Merve Remix’ project we were able to demonstrate taking their back catalog into a multi-format workflow with a website offering samples of publications as EPUB 3, HTML5 Book-in-Browser and PDF.

We would like to take this opportunity to deeply thank Tom Lamberty, Birthe Mühlhoff, Hannah Wallenfels and Peter Cornwall for their tremendous support in this project.
We will continue our collaboration and cooperation in the second stage of the prototype where will investigate the ability to remix book chapters and download the new remixed book or order a print-on-demand copies.Let the remixing begin.

Feel free to visit our other case studies and prototypes at: consortium.io

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As visitors and researchers at the fair, we could explore what wider publishing community is currently up to.
The education section of the fair is a vibrant area of digital research. We particularly liked Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) (http://www.etri.re.kr/) with augmented books for children; as well as learning and course builders like Weeras (http://tools.weeras.com/en/) and XCRIBA (http://xteach.es/) a plaform for publishing into educational contexts.

It’s Open Access Week and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are celebrating with daily blogposts about various aspects of open access, as well as ways to get into the movement. Visit this page for daily updates! Also, check out the OA events happening all across the globe here.

The Open Access Button launches with new features. The re-launch was celebrated in London yesterday, and you can view a documentation of the ceremony here.

Open Knowledge is launching a new initiative focusing on the future of open access in the humanities and social sciences. The Future of Scholarship project aims to build a stronger, better connected network of people interested in open access in the humanities and social sciences. It will serve as a central point of reference for leading voices, examples, practical advice and critical debate about the future of humanities and social sciences scholarship on the web. Read the full initiative statement here.

Peter Suber has collected a number of interesting reads for open access week available here. The posts cover introductions to open access, as well as recent practices and strategies.

The Oxford University Press blog has posted an overview of the jungle that is licensing. Get up-to-date info here. They also provided us with the five key moments in open access. Check them out here.

And if all this reading is too much, check out the top tips for your open access week video by the Right to Research Foundation

Open Access Week Event @ Leuphana University: Workshop „Why Open Access Matters“

Hand-out about Open Access Publication Funds (PDF)

tkacz.nateNathaniel Tkacz is an assistant professor at the University of Warwick. His work lies at the intersection of network cultures, software studies and politics. He has published on: the political and organizational dynamics of openness; collaboration; software forking; trolling; dashboard interfaces and platform economies. His books include Wikipedia and the Politics of Openness; Critical Point of View: A Wikipedia Reader (with Geert Lovink); Digital Light (with Sean Cubitt and Daniel Palmer) and The MoneyLab Reader (with Geert Lovink and Patricia De Vries, forthcoming 2015). He is currently PI on the ESRC funded project, ‘Interrogating the Dashboard’.

Hybrid Publishing Lab: In your research of Wikipedia, have you been confronted with open access as a ‘messy’ subject? Continue Reading…

post-digital-scholar-2014 From 11th to 14th November 2014 the Post Digital Scholar Conference in Lüneburg brings together the library community, the scientific community and other stakeholder groups affected by the changes in scholarly communication. For three days, publishers, researchers, programmers, designers, artists, and entrepreneurs will discuss how research and publishing in the humanities have changed over the past decade. The conference will explore new tools for gathering knowledge, examine platforms for multimedia publishing, or collaborative writing experiments.

The final conference program including nine sessions and three workshops is now available here and you can still register for the conference here.

Dr. Thomas Stäcker is deputy director of the Herzog August library in Wolfenbüttel and head of the new media department. His fields of expertise cover new media, the digitalization of literary inheritance, digital editions as well as library and book history. He is also a member of the steering committee of “Digital Humanities im deutschsprachigen Raum ( DHd)”.

Hybrid Publishing Lab: As a librarian you not only deal with books and search engines for literature; what recent changes do you see in scholarly communication and production, and how do they relate to the role of the library? Continue Reading…

For whoever wants to get a head-start on Open Access Week, the what, why and how of open access is explained here, where you will find a full summary and history of open access, its different license options and infrastructure.

By the way: The Hybrid Publishing Lab is co-organising an event “Why Open Access matters” for the upcoming Open Access Week 2014 at the Leuphana University. You find more Infromation here (in german only).

Wall Street analysts say open access has failed due to lack of focus. The LSE blog says this analysis might be what makes open access succeed. Curt Rice suggests ways in which universities and publishing need to take leadership to make open access strategies successful. Read in full here.

Thinking about buying a crowdfunded 3D printer? Not so fast, says a recent article on Gigaom. Signe Brewster and Biz Carston added up the details on 67 successfully crowdfunded 3D printers via kickstarter and indiegogo. Look at numbers and flowcharts here.

Apple was recently granted a patent for a flexible display that can be used as a self-updating digital newspaper. While this sounds like we might soon all be reading the iNews, an article in the business insider reminds us that Apple has lots of patents, just because. Look at the article and details to Apple’s patent filing here.

Harvard University now wants their scientific publications to be all open access. According to the Guardian Harvard University encourages faculty members to make their research freely available through open access journals, rather than using those with paywalls. The reason for this is that the university itself does not seem to be able to keep up with the rising costs of subscription journals. Read the full article here.

Telegraph Media Group has restructured its editorial operations, focusing on digital content, which in future will constitute the backbone of all printed editions of the daily telegraph. This simplifies editorial processes and goes into and beyond concepts of “digital first”. Read how this changes the work of journalists here.

Kathleen Fitzpatrick is an American scholar of digital humanities and the director of scholarly communication of the Modern Language Association. She specializes on scholarly publishing in the age of the Internet and researches the effect of network communication on texts. Her last book “Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy” was published 2011 with NYU Press.

Hybrid Publishing Lab: What recent changes do you see in literature and scholarship resulting from the development of networked communication technologies? How do these changes affect the philosophy of books? Continue Reading…


We are very excited to present our case study: the Merve Remix at the Frankfurt Bookfair. This collaborative research case study focussed on Merve Verlag’s back catalog (a selection of 100+ publications).

We deconstructed each publication, led by guiding questions such as: what is a book made of (recognizable traits), and what could a book become if the Pandora’s box of computation and digital networking was applied to publishing. We then translated the books into a machine readable structured document, allowing for all types of semi-automated, dynamic publishing processes to be applied—layout, multi-format conversion, distribution, rights management, reuse and remixing, translation, synchronized updates, payments and reading metrics.

For more information please check out the full description here.

For the Live Demo visit here: https://merve.consortium.io

We’ll be at Merve’s stand, located in Halle 3.1 – B129. Come by!

Martin Haspelmath is an expert on open access, and a senior scientist at the linguistics department at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI-EVA). He studied linguistics in Vienna, Cologne, Buffalo and Moscow, and received his Ph.D. and habilitation degrees from the Freie Universität Berlin. Before moving to Leipzig in 1998, he worked at the Otto-Friedrichs-Universität Bamberg and the Università degli Studi di Pavia.

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lorusso.silvioSilvio Lorusso is an Italian artist and designer. His on-going PhD research in Design Sciences at Iuav University of Venice is focused on the intersections between publishing and digital technology from the perspective of art and design. Some of his works are included in the Rhizome ArtBase Selection. He has written for blogs and magazines such as Progetto Grafico and Doppiozero. Since 2013, he manages the Post-Digital Publishing Archive (p-dpa.net).

Hybrid Publishing Lab: What recent changes do you see in working with the visual aspects of publishing? Continue Reading…

The cost of subscription publishing (in UK)

Change is upon us and open access is coming. The Economist has published an article revising the big steps open access has taken since the first Budapest agreement in 2001, where the term was coined. While a lot has been done, especially in the last couple of years, there is still a long way to go, especially considering the small number of OA publications in social sciences and humanities.

These areas of research still mostly rely on monographs for shaping and sharing scholarship, shows a recent survey by JISC. Melissa Terras has written an article on her experiences with publishing monographs in the Guardian.

Glyn Moody covers another reason for open access in techdirt. Drawing from a debate on QuestionCopyright.org, the post reasons that copyright gets in the way of scientific debate, especially when the debate needs copyrighted data to prove a point. Read the full argument here.

According to Times Higher Education open access has had little or no impact on the profits of the world’s largest scientific, technology, engineering and mathematics publishers. This information is derived from an investors report released by Bernstein Research and republished by Richard Poynder earlier this week. Read the article by Paul Jump here.

While these profits for publishers seem easily permeable, the costs of subscription publishing is not. Stuart Lawson describes the need for transparency in subscription data and has collected all the caveats about data available right now in this article.

As of today, Internet Archaeology has followed in the footsteps of many others in becoming an open access journal. It is the final step in a process of the ever-hybrid journal becoming more and more accessible. Read about the journey here.

culture machineGary Hall is a critical theorist working on politics, philosophy, and new media technologies. He is a professor of Media and Performing Arts at the School of Art and Design, Director of the Centre for Disruptive Media at Coventry University, UK, and visiting professor at the Hybrid Publishing Lab, Leuphana University. He has also been part of several outstanding publishing projects, among others he is the co-founder of the open access journal Culture Machine (in 1999), and the co-founder of Open Humanities Press, the first open access publisher dedicated to critical and cultural theory.

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