Author: Christina Kral

The Dewline Newsletter II/3 ("The End of Steel and/or Steal: Corporate Criminality Vs. Collective Responsibility" (Nov-Dec 1969)) which included the famous card deck

The Dewline Newsletter II/3 (“The End of Steel and/or Steal: Corporate Criminality Vs. Collective Responsibility” (Nov-Dec 1969)) which included the famous card deck

https://research.consortium.io/docs/traces_on_the_archive/traces_on_the_archive.html

A Hybrid Publishing Consortium research report
by Simon Worthington and Christina Kral

Player: https://mcluhan.consortium.io/
Software: https://github.com/consortium/hybrid-lecture-player

A research case study focused on traces on the archive, revealing the hidden journey of a user through an archive, based on the Marshall McLuhan collection at the McLuhan Salon, Canadian Embassy, Berlin. The case study by the Hybrid Publishing Consortium (HPC), investigates the future of publishing and user engagement with museums, archives and libraries. HPC is dedicated to Open Source software development and enabling cross-media interoperability. Continue Reading…

an archive

April 2015
Software: https://github.com/consortium/hybrid-lecture-player

Presentation of the Hybrid Lecture Player by the Hybrid Publishing Consortium at the annual Libre Graphics Meeting. An exploration of the Marshall McLuhan collection held at the McLuhan Salon in the Canadian Embassy, Berlin.

The Hybrid Publishing Consortium is pleased to announce the Hybrid Lecture Player, a new research publishing case study by the Lüneburg (Germany) based lab. It will be presented as part of the Libre Graphics Meeting on April 30, 2015, 13.20pm at the University of Toronto, Canada. Continue Reading…

Traces of McLuhan – A Media Sprint at the Marshall McLuhan Salon

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In late November, the Hybrid Publishing Consortium held a one day workshop at the Marshall McLuhan Salon in the Canadian Embassy in Berlin. This intense and positively stirring event brought together McLuhan scholars and software developers who all shared their views on working with and publishing from the archive. Together we mapped out these perspectives, potential needs and approaches.

The day concluded with a practical session hosted by Erich Decker and Matthias Helmut Guth from Cluster Asia Europe at the Heidelberg University. After showcasing their cross media annotation tools, they walked us through the technology, applying it to the specific case of the McLuhan archive and its video and textual content. Naturally this session could only raise awareness of what can be done and provide a feel for the workflow—it’s only just the beginning.

Hence, in early 2015 we plan, together with participants from the workshop, to complete two smaller projects that will focus on two particular works within the archive and employ the technology introduced during the media sprint. The aim will be to create small, tangible packages that can be used for educational purposes and the promotion of the archive and its content. More on that soon.

Happy new year!

Amongst the participants were Delphine Bedel, Sabine Claßnitz, Peter Cornwell, Eric Lars Decker, Baruch Gottlieb, Matthias Helmut Guth, Stephen Kovats, Alexander Kramer, Heinz-Günter Kuper, Martina Leeker and Steffi Winkler.

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As part of our case study series, the Hybrid Publishing Consortium is organizing a closed, one-day media sprint using material from the McLuhan Archive (hosted at the Canadian embassy in Berlin), as well as documentation from the McLuhan Centennial ‘Re-Touching McLuhan’ conference.

Inspired by book sprints, we are using the same model of speedy production. Yet, instead of producing a book, we’ll be focusing on experimental visualizations that trace a user’s approach to the archive, crisscrossing through various media formats.

The media sprint will focus on the hidden parts of archives—the visitors journey through an archive, hence our title ‘Traces of McLuhan’. The event will look at a variety of ways to make these use-pathways visible and manifest as publishing resources or a publishing form itself. Besides exploring ways of making those trails visible, there is also question how those trails can become useful for other users. For example being stored and becoming part of the archive—as a meta-publication layer.

We will record the traces of a user’s activity and annotations of an archive. Related to the archive we have access to two components: Firstly, the existing documentation of McLumination events and secondly, the multi-media content provided by the McLuhan Salon. The essays will be used as a starting point or lens through which to interpret the archive’s collection and vice versa.

We will use four software authoring tools to create an experimental digital object/trace over the day long media sprint. First, Pandora, a video archiving software package. Second the Hybrid Publishing Lab’s own software ecology, A-machine, for textual markup. Third, Tamboti, from the Heidelberg Research Architecture for meta description frameworks. And lastly freizo from Data Futures a migration platform. The combined package will allow for speedy annotation, combination of text and video, as well as a meta description data output.

While participants will trace search and trains of thought, creating an extra layer on the archive, we’ll investigate how McLuhan is relevant today and how his work is used. We hope to challenge the established use of an archive as well as known publication formats, which is a perfect fit for McLuhan.

The case study is one of four studies that sits under the umbrella theme of ‘Designing the Book of the Future’. The theme represents the ambitions of our research to enhance the technology of Moveable Type and move beyond the industry pressures to make simple copies of the book form, such as the eBook.

The project is in partnership with the McLuhan Salon (Canadian Embassy, Berlin) and Data Futures project is based in the Institute of Modern and Contemporary Culture (Westminster University, UK), r0g_agency gGmbH, Cluster Asia Europe – Heidelberg Research Architecture – Heidelberg University.

The event will take place at the end of November and is closed to the public. We will share our discoveries on consortium.io

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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 100+ 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.

MERVE

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!

A Publication Taxonomy — an initial guide to academic publishing types, inside and beyond Academe


http://issuu.com/consortium.io/docs/a_publication_taxonomy?e=1165591/6677653

Dear Community,

Welcome to the Publication Taxonomy an exploratory listing project by the Hybrid Publishing Consortium. The Hybrid Publishing Consortium is the technology research arm of the Hybrid Publishing Lab and is made up of a team of six interdisciplinary researchers, developing open source software for multi-format publishing. Creating an exploratory taxonomy of publication types plays a role in our software design process helping us understand the boundaries of publishing forms.

When the Consortium started to compile a list of the various types of scholarly publications we had to keep in mind the challenge of a continuously changing technology landscape. This meant moving to a so called post-digital condition (although a contested term)–involving parallel usage of various media types, a new collaborative paradigm, a proliferation of tool sets and open access academic publishing.

To give some limits around what we define as a publication we agreed on three very open parameters–(1) the act of making a document public, (2) the involvement of textuality, and (3) a scholarly/academic orientation.

Acceleration best describes the overall condition for both the development of publishing and the shaping of the emergent post-digital scholar, blurring the distinction between the publishers workflow and the scholars textual creation. The renegotiation of new roles for publisher and scholar is one area where new publishing types emerge, especially where the act of reading becomes a new textual creation. An instability arises in
the scholarly workflow and how the scholar is organizing and adjusting her/his work steps within the post-digital condition. It also means an expansion of the very definition what constitutes a publication.

You are invited to edit and add to the list on GitHub, create an account and edit here

https://github.com/consortium/publication-taxonomy

robott.org/book2/ – This is a public journal by designer and professor Joost Bottema. It starts with a list of contents, each expanding into an entry log. Status: Growing.

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or everything

http://www.alpha-ville.co.uk/exchange/ "Alpha-ville EXCHANGE is a one-day event designed to offer the London art, tech and creative communities the opportunity to connect, exchange ideas, get inspired and discover new talent. On January 17th, a jam-packed event will bring together the community of people working at the crossroads of art, technology, design and digital culture to meet and share ideas and inspiration. Alpha-ville Exchange is a place to get inspired, make meaningful connections and exchange ideas with professionals within and across industries."

CareBears. Elisabeth Crary.  2011 – CCby-nc-sa

CareBears. Elisabeth Crary.
2011 – CCby-nc-sa

January 15-18
Taking Care of Things!
Archives – Life-Cycles – Care
organized by Post-Media Lab/CDC and Habits of Living in cooperation with the Stadtarchiv Lüneburg

Venue: Stadtarchiv Lüneburg, Germany

Event Flyer

From the perspective of current theoretical approaches the figure of the archive seems to have lost its central status and its fever. In our medial and cultural set-up new (kinds of) archives seem to crop up everywhere, accelerated by new means of production and distribution. Cultural repertoires are being remixed alongside technological repositories – often giving new life to almost forgotten relics. Ever more things, valuables, processes, projects, constituencies, even movements, need to be taken care of. It is not only cultural and critical theory that is being challenged, but also law, the natural sciences and design, alongside other applied sciences. But what are the complex dynamics and contexts of these new (non-)archives? Do they really make sense? And if so, by and for whom?

To address these questions, ‘Taking Care of Things!’ focuses on the transformation of things – analog and digital – into life-cycles and specific practices of care. This will be done in different thematic groups dealing with topics, like Mesh Media!, Civil Archaeology, Measure Drones, Unearthing the Archive, Translating Ontologies and Extinction in Context.

This workshop will address such fundamental changes in archiving and objects by generating practices and chances to take care of things. That is, we will seek to extend (or sometimes end) the life-cycle of objects not by simply preserving them (this usually guarantees they will be forgotten), but rather through acts that respond, react, and/or reuse. Continue Reading…

http://mkshft.org/2013/03/the-road-to-relevance/

http://quarterly.co/

“Quarterly Co.™ is a subscription service that enables people to receive physical items in the mail from influential contributors of their choice.”

Put your money and trust in people and themes and let yourself be surprised every three months by a ‘publication’ bundle that matters to you.

RapidSMS is a free and open-source framework for dynamic data collection, logistics coordination and communication, leveraging basic short message service (SMS) mobile phone technology.

http://www.rapidsms.org/en/develop/#

this book chooses to be advertised generously—multiplatform

this book chooses to be advertised generously—multiplatform

“Every entrepreneur should self-publish a book, because self-publishing is the new business card. If you want to stand out in a world of content, you need to underline your expertise. Publishing a book is not just putting your thoughts on a blog post. It’s an event. It shows your best curated thoughts and it shows customers, clients, investors, friends and lovers what the most important things on your mind are right now.” Continue Reading…