Author: Christian Heise

Research Associate at the Hybrid Publishing Lab and Member of Board of the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany, currently working on his Ph.D thesis about Open Science. More about me...

The cost of subscription publishing (in UK)

The letter box, by the berlin-based Design Research Lab (DRL), easily transforms analog input into digital data. The ritualized act of posting a letter is used to bridge the gap between the physical with the digital space. This letter box mirrors the DRL-goal that neither prior knowledge nor specific digital devices should be needed in order to take part in the sociopolitical network we are designing in order to enable communities to develop resilient actions.

The letter box transfers a hand-written message to a digital platform so the issue can be spread effectively and publics can form around the discourse possibly emerging around it. You can find more about the Box about the Hybrid Letter Box here.

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…

New: The Open Access Repository Ranking

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

Open Access Heatmap: Number of Open Access Journals per Country

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

How the Past Defines the Present. Understanding the Path Dependancy of Academic Publishing

Archives often refer to institutional collections (as monuments of modernity) while with recent technological development, individual users can access to and own more and more digital objects, and it seems urgent to address the question of personal archives, that presents to us at the same time an epochal change as well as a political question. This talk address three main questions:

  1. Why is it necessary to talk about personal archives?
  2. How can one define a personal archive and its difference from existing cloud computing services?
  3. What will be the possibility of developing new practices and tools of personal archives?

This workshop will be part facilitated discussion and part exploratory discussion heading towards ideas to further develop.

Where & When? Saturday, August 2, 2014 @ 15:00, Archive Books , Dieffenbachstraße 31, 10967.

Yuk Hui, Ulrike Gollner, Agata Krolikowski, and Minuette Le are researchers, computer scientists, and designers working at the Hybrid Publishing Lab, part of the Centre for Digital Cultures at Leuphana Universität. We also work with the Hybrid Publishing Consortium on issues around open-source infrastructures for academics, small publishers and university publishers.

Suggested Reading

Warwick, Henry, Radical Tactics of the Offline Library, Institute for Network Cultures, Amsterdam Video: https://vimeo.com/95351775

Hui, Yuk, Archivist Manifesto, Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana Universität

Mattern, Shannon, Library as Infrastructure Reading room, social service center, maker-space. How far can we stretch the public library?

Please join us this upcoming Saturday – you find more about the workshop here.

Open Access mandate numbers are rising around the world. Browse institutions and policies here

Numbers and shares of Open Access Journals in Sociology charging publication fees

logo_pds14If you don’t want to miss out on the future of publishing in the humanities, save this conference date: From the 12.11. – 14.11.2014 publishers, authors, researchers, programmers, designers, artists, hackers and entrepreneurs will discuss new developments in publishing and communication at Leuphana University’s conference in Lüneburg, Germany.

The Postdigital Scholar: Publishing between Open Access, Piracy and Public Spheres” will discuss new publishing trends, look at collaborative writing experiments and platforms for multimedia publishing. Our aim is to explore new tools and practices for gathering knowledge in order to seek out what this elusive thing could be: postdigital knowledge.

Date: 12. – 14.11.2014
Location: Lüneburg, Germany

We warmly welcome you to take part and very much hope to see you in November. So please save the date and register for free here.

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kickoff-open-science-de-2014-300x112OKFestival 2014 is encouraging people to plan and run fringe events to complement the festival, both before and after the official programming. One of these events will be a kick-off meeting for a German-speaking Open Science Working Group. We want to bring together the different spheres of opening up science in the German-speaking countries to focus more on the their scientific culture and specific aspects regarding the theme. Connecting the existing open scientists, learning from already started working groups and getting in touch with other open communities. It will consist of people from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Date: July 16, 2014, 19:00-23:00
Location: Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V.,
Singerstraße 109,
10179 Berlin

You find more Information and the Registration here.

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“The First E-Book Fair in Germany”: The Electric Book Fair is an attempt at being able to view something that by its very nature must remain diffuse and undefinedbecause it is continually changing – a paradoxical but nevertheless worthwhile endeavour.

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analog-3-leuphana-book-print-eventIs there a future for printed newspapers and books? How can publishing houses and editorial departments deal with the digital shift? These were some of the questions discussed by the around 60 regional participants of the third part of the Leuphana University ANALOG event-series in Lüneburgs City Archive. Following an invitation by the Innovation-Incubator research project Hybrid Publishing Lab at the Centre for Digital Cultures (CDC), peers and experts from all across the media industry joined the interested public in a discussion about the digitization of media. The event was marked by an exchange of experiences in the publishing world, and the aim was to name and face current challenges in the thick of digitization.  Continue Reading…