February 2013

Want to work with us? We are looking for nice and intelligent people that contribute to our plans. Now what are these plans? The Hybrid Publishing lab is, among other things, creating an open source toolbox for publishing infrastructures, specifically at the world of academic and independent publishing. And yes, of course we are committed to Open Access.

The team you will join is a group of 18 alert and curious researchers that are interested in the change of publishing and meet regularly in Lüneburg to coordinate their efforts.

The two jobs open at the moment are covering the area of Design Research and/or Computer Science. These jobs shall help the team with exploring publishing modes, by creating a combination of multi-format distribution, and with considering the role of social media.

Please email your job applications and a CV to the emails you’ll find on the official job descriptions below. And don’t hesistate to contact us if you have any questions. We are looking forward to hear from you!

Official Job description here (english):
Research Associate in Design Research
Research Associate in Computer Science

(Added 2nd March: … as some of you have asked: your English speaking skills are more important than your German speaking skills…)

Official Job description (german):
Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in Designforschung
Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in Informatik


The Hybrid Publishing Lab and the HyperImage team will be presenting at CeBIT 2013 from March 5th–9th. Visit our booth at the exhibition grounds in Hannover. We are located in Hall 9, Stand C50.

The Hybrid Publishing Lab researches and develops new forms of scientific publication and communication for the humanities in cooperation with publishers, librarians, software developers, authors and other stakeholders.

The image­-oriented research platform HyperImage continues to be developed and refined as a concrete application of the HPL’s research. The position and identity of image details are usually described and delimited in conventional terms, using symbols, words or gestures. HyperImage sup­ ports the precise marking of image regions, allowing them to be linked to other regions and data, as well as supporting sophisticated search technologies on the corpus. Images and metadata can be imported from external repositories as well as from collections on local storage media.

Status by Simon Worthington 5 years ago

Testing out EdX in anticipation of the their open source release. Yuk this is a factory system or what. https://www.edx.org/honor


Trailer – Unlike Us Reader: Social Media Monopolies and Their Alternatives.

There are tons of books about how to use social media for media marketing. By contrast, the critical perspective on social networks lacks a bit behind. This brick of a book published today by the Institute of Network Cultures is a statement to change this.

In ‘The Unlike Us Reader: Social Media Monopolies And Their Alternatives” you find 43 contributions from people like the philosopher Bernhard Stiegler and D.E. Wittkower, the Digital Humanities theorist David M. Berry, the W3C fellow Harry Halpin, or the media theorist Geert Lovink and Corinna Patelis, who both started this important conference series, of course.
This is, what it is about:

“The Unlike Us Reader offers a critical examination of social media, bringing together theoretical essays, personal discussions, and artistic manifestos. How can we understand the social media we use everyday, or consciously choose not to use? We know very well that monopolies control social media, but what are the alternatives?
While Facebook continues to increase its user population and combines loose privacy restrictions with control over data, many researchers, programmers, and activists turn towards designing a decentralized future. Through understanding the big networks from within, be it by philosophy or art, new perspectives emerge.”

By the way, the Hybrid Publishing Lab has several contributions in there.

  • Yuk Hui and Harry Halpin: Collective Individuation – The Future of the Web
  • Martin Warnke: Databasis as Citadels in the Web2.0
  • Mercedes Bunz: As you like it – Critique in the Era of an Affirmative Discourse.

Please get your copy here, and decide yourself if this is unlike you.
Oh, and come by the next conference in March!

science20logoAt the Kick-Off meeting last week in Hamburg, the Hybrid Publishing Lab joined the Leibniz multidisicplinary research network “Science 2.0” hold by the German National Library of Economics Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW). Within the network, more than 30 institutes as well as Wikimedia Germany investigate new working habits,  technological developments in current and future research, and publishing processes within the scientific community. Over the course of the next ten years, the network will adopt a highly interdisciplinary research approach to find relevant answers to the challenges around Science and Social Networks, Open Science and new communication strategies as well as other working environments for researchers in the digital age.

From the Press Release by the ZBW:

The term Science 2.0 encompasses the rise of entirely different and primarily digital means of participation, communication, collaboration and discourse in the research and publishing processes. ZBW director Tochtermann explains: “The use of social media in companies has been a subject of investigation for years. Social media are widely used within the scientific community nowadays, but surprisingly this has not been based on systematic and interdisciplinary research or even been the subject of concomitant research. This is where the multidisciplinary Research Network Science 2.0 comes in. We are looking for the key to a completely innovated research and publishing support that would not even be possible without social media.”

The research network is anchored in the Leibniz Association and vigorously promoted by member institutes of the Leibniz Association.

More about Science 2.0 at leibniz-science20.de (German).

Two weeks ago at Transmediale, Janneke Adema and Gary Hall reminded us that it might be worthwile to investigate past and current artistic engagements with the book in order to reimagine the book for the digital age. In the past, artists have turned to book production as a way of enacting institutional critique, using cheap and widely available production techniques for exhibiting their work via independently produced and distributed art books, thereby circumventing the gallery system. And then, of course, there is the rich history of zine culture and self-publishing rooted in the DIY ethos of punk.

Currently a project on Kickstarter called The People’s Ebook aims to give artists the tools they need for producing art ebooks. Having their backgrounds in visual arts publishing and alternative arts funding, the initiators want to develop a free ebook publishing software with the promise that “what the photocopier was to zines, we hope The People’s Ebook will be to digital books.” With the funding deadline still 16 days away, the project already exceeded its funding goal. The slick mockups and video surely helped. However, I wonder whether the technical constraints that will surely follow from using an easy-to-use WYSIWYG tool might not hinder the medium-specific experimentation we know from paper-based art books and consequently yield homogenising effects. But hopefully someone will soon come up with an ebook as ironic a statement as David Stairs’ Boundless was in 1983.