Post-digital Publishing Workshop

Simon Worthington —  January 20, 2013 — 1 Comment

A series of workshops being held at the Transmediale festival
Berlin 30.1 – 2.2  http://www.transmediale.de/bwpwap

Rue Jacob. Paris, 1910

Rue Jacob. Paris, 1910. Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris. © BHVP – Roger-Viollet

‘The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed’, William Gibson.

Organised by Simon Worthington and the Hybrid Publishing Consortium, the four days of Post-digital Publishing workshops are meant to contribute, even if on a small scale, to a  ‘future re-distribution’ of open source and indy publishing. While an imminent deluge of books is already underway, as the book goes digital and universities open their libraries with Open Access publishing, we will look at the ways in which to engage with these re-distribution processes, as well as explore cyber-librarianship, DIY publishing tools, indy infrastructures and the ongoing battle for the re-imagining of the University in the digital age.

Florian Cramer ::: Post-digital Publishing Workshop: DIY Publishing, 30.01.2013 – 12:00 to 16:00 HKW, 17:00 to 20:00 Kotti-Shop, Adalbertstr.4. 10999 Berlin (www.kotti-shop.net)
A DIY in the title and in the format, this open hackday will engage with issues including eReader modding, the social book and collaborative writing tools. Guests will include:

Simon Worthington ::: Post-digital Publishing Workshop: Publishing and the University – Open Access and Open Learning, 31.01.2013 – 12:00 to 19:00
2012 saw the arrival of ‘Academic Spring’ with academics openly striking against corporate publishers and a wealth of Web 2.0 online learning platforms emerging. What next for the university and distribution of academic knowledge? With Mute Magazine.

Simon Worthington ::: Post-digital Publishing Workshop: Indy Publishers – new readers/new economy, 01.02.2013 – 12:00 to 19:00
Hosted by the Hybrid Publishing Consortium, this day of round table demos and discussions will aim to explore possible futures for the indy publisher; how to move to multi-platform publishing, embrace open publishing, the social book and new economic models.

Alessandro Ludovico ::: Post-digital Publishing Workshop: Home Library, 02.02.2013 – 14:00 to 19:00
Alessandro Ludovico, the author of recently published “Post-digital print book” will be sharing his tools and strategies for creating and using a digital home library, easily accessible and shared with anyone on web.

A collaboration between – Creating 010 Hogeschool Rotterdam & Piet Zwart Institute, Hybrid Publishing Consortium – Leuphana Inkubator, Neural and Mute

Details

DIY Publishing
30.01.2013 – 12:00 to 16:00 HKW, 17:00 to 20:00 Kotti-Shop, Adalbertstr.4. 10999 Berlin (www.kotti-shop.net)
This will be a hackday where the different members of the publishing community can come together to showcase their projects from across the wide spectrum of open source tools and platforms used in publishing. Areas of interest will include: eReader modding, the social book, collaborative writing tools such as Etherpad and collaborative publishing, fonts and DTP tools, graphic design tool kits, open standards, mobile reading, app making and machine reading & writing, to name a few.
As this is a DIY Publishing day, it will also be DIY in its format: on the day we will collectively select a number of projects to work on and then hack away over the day.

Publishing and the University – Open Access and Open Learning
31.01.2013 – 12:00 to 19:00 HKW
A day of critical reflection on the state of the university. As the walls around the universities knowledge repositories crumble and fall, who will be the new learners and the new gatekeepers?
Research communities have been advocating public access to research material via Open Access publishing models for over a decade, with only slow moves forward. Similarly with the use of Creative Commons and Open Education Resources educators have been adding to the ambitions of global universal education and the easy reuse of learning material over this same long decade.
2012 welcomed the ‘Academic Spring’ where academics have been openly striking against corporate publishers, and at the same time a wealth of Web 2.0 online learning platforms have sprung up. Both of these phenomena point to an acceleration in the pace of change to a critical mass with a confluence of forces at play; the maturity of the net and social media, financial crisis, stifling greedy corporate publishers and the failings of universities to adapt to a changing net.
A battle is underway, as the reimagining of the university is feverishly played out, the venture capitalists look for easy pickings as they integrate themselves even further into the public purse, and Open Culture advocates look to open up learning.
Contributions to the workshop will come from Mute magazine that recently collaborated on a research paper on open education with Coventry University, titled, `We´re All Game-Changers Now´: A Media Study of Open Education.

Indy Publishers – new readers/new economy
01.02.2013 – 12:00 to 19:00
A day of round table demos and discussions to explore possible futures for the indy publisher; how to move to multi-platform publishing, embrace open publishing, the social book and new economic models. The workshop is hosted by the Hybrid Publishing Consortium, a research group from Leuphana University dedicated to ‘open source infrastructure for publishing’ that groups together the many technical and social processes that can benefit academic/independent publishers. The consortium is a meeting point for the many stakeholders in open access academic and independent publishing – the authors, the readers, the publishers and the technologists.
The consortium has a project in the early stages of development exploring the idea of an ‘Indy Portal’ – a multi-platform system and open IPR business model for independent publishers aimed at bypassing online digital book distribution monopolies.

Home Library
02.02.2013 – 14:00 to 19:00
Either you’re a bookworm (collector) or a non-stop downloader of pdf files, or you have your own paperspace library. Maybe one day you’ll realize everyone else has a library of some sorts and that among them there are people with your same interests, with great books you have never read or even seen before. So whether you are into borrowing tomes or creating shared folders, setting up a shared Home Library can improve your reading life a lot. Join us and learn how to quickly digitise books and share them with people all over the world. Your virtual/physical bookshelves will look like never before!

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Street MBA, technologist, art freaker, dreampunk, organiser, media activist, publisher and book nut. Co-founder of Mute Magazine http://metamute.org/ Skilled as an artist at Falmouth Art School, The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London and at CalArts, Valencia, California.

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