About us

The Hybrid Publishing Lab

In collaboration with publishers, librarians, software developers, and authors Hybrid Publishing is a lab that engages with new concepts and technologies in digital publishing with a particular focus on the humanities. Embedding its research results in economic contexts, for example by setting up a Hybrid Publishing Consortium to consult about Open Source software solutions, the Lab both carries out applied experiments in publishing as well as incubating new businesses. Central for the lab’s projects is the idea of Open Access regarding academic knowledge, research, and education as well as a strong curiosity about new business models in a disruptive digital environment.

  • Hybrid Publishing Consortium
    In partnerships with publishers and technology companies the Hybrid Publishing Consortium researches digital developments in publishing to establish an Open Source software infrastructure for small and medium-sized enterprises and university presses. Its current focus is to simplify the process of multi-format publishing in the academic field.
  • Experimental Publishing and Digital Learning Environments
    Several experiments explore the unbound book in the digital age: “Book Sprints”, a method for collaborative writing first developed by Adam Hyde, brings together a group to produce a book in 3-5 days; “The Personal Archive” rethinks our relation to archives in the digital era; a cooperation with DIE ZEIT transforms analog learning materials into a hybrid format and evaluating Digital Learning Environments (i.e. Massive Open Online Courses).
  • Hyper Image
    The innovative research environment allows any number of details, or subregions, within an image to be highlighted and described. It links annotations within a corpus to each other, making them accessible in indices. Interim results as well as final versions can be compiled at any time as an online/offline hypermedia publication.
  • meson press
    meson press publishes research on digital cultures and networked media to explore and apply new digital publishing practices. Its publications challenge contemporary theories and advance debates related to the Humanities in the digital age. Pushing the boundaries of the book, the press combines Open Access and thorough peer review with new approaches like Book Sprints.
  • Critical Keywords for the Digital Humanities
    This vocabulary discusses and positions key terms located at the intersection of digitalization and the humanities in which each keyword gives an overview of debates and discourses, daws out inherent tensions, and explores future directions.

The Hybrid Publishing Lab is part of the Centre for Digital Cultures at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg Innovation Incubator and part of the Centre for Digital Cultures financed by the European Regional Development Fund and co-funded by the German federal state of Lower Saxony.

You can download the leaflet here (PDF) and there is also a german version (Download as PDF here)

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