Author: Jens-Martin Loebel

Christof Schöch of SocialScienceSpace looks at five collaborative writing tools for academics and how they fit the needs of the modern researcher.

The reviewed tools range from the “lowest common denominator” Google Drive to FidusWriter, a tool loaded with features for academics.

You can read the full review here.

What are some of the tools you use for your collaborative writing projects? Share your thoughts and links in the comments.

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HyperImage 3 Reader (Logo)We are pleased to announce the release of the HyperImage Reader v3.0.beta-1 as a public beta:


We invite you to submit feature requests and bug reports via our Dev Center (after free registration) to help us improve the HyperImage experience.

The HyperImage Reader is used to publish projects compiled with the HyperImage Editor.

Features include:

  • the interactive display of image-based media elements (views, layers, groups and light tables),
  • the meaningful assignment of texts (metadata, annotations and transcriptions),
  • and the provision of interactive functions.

Its main functions consist in retracing project-specific structures set up by the HyperImage author. Cross-references can be followed up by clicking on marked areas in images or on text links.

Particular features of the HyperImage Reader include various navigation aids (back references, logs, bookmarks, etc.), the search function and an editor for light tables. Light tables are collections of images, thumbnails, enlarged details and written annotations, applied for example when providing comments in image comparisons. Such light tables can be exported and then integrated in HyperImage projects with the help of the HyperImage Editor.

This is a complete re-implementation using HTML5 and JavaScript technologies allowing for a modern viewing experience without needing any plug-ins (i.e. Adobe Flash) and enabling the application to directly work on mobile devices.

The data is based on an XML meta-language. The HyperImage Editor exports the structures, metadata and texts in an XML format. This XML file is prepared by a converter for use in the HyperImage Reader. The format works without the need for a database. To publish a project it is therefore sufficient to load the converted HyperImage project as a data package on to a web server or burn it on to a CD-ROM.

For further information about the free Open-Source software HyperImage please visit our Website.

HyperKultXXIIWe’re happy to announce that the videos from the conference talks of this year’s HyperKult are now available. More than a dozen talks are now online for free at
This year HyperKult focused on “Norms, Standards and Protocols” and the talks were especially interesting, engaging, and enlightening. The video archive also goes back several years and is a great way to comfort yourself if you couldn’t make it to the conference this year and to catch up on past conferences.

We hope to see you again next year for HyperKult XXIII.

HyperKultXXIISince 1991, the chair Kulturinformatik (cultural informatics) at Leuphana University Lüneburg has been organising the workshop HyperKult in the summer. The portmanteau “HyperKult” alludes to the development of computer technology which facilitates an ever increasing coupling of computers with culture as a medium for production in art and literature and as an object of philosophical and cultural theory analysis.

Now in its 22nd year, HyperKult offers an unique blend of talks combined with artistic and technical exhibits, installations, performances, sculptures and graphics.

This year HyperKult will tackle the topic of “Standards, Norms and Protocols” and their role in shaping our culture with contributions and talks in the fields of art, science, humanities, technology and informatics. The talks will be held in German.

Hosted by the German Informatics Society (Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI), working group “Computers as Media“, HyperKult 22 will take place at the Centre for Digital Cultures at Leuphana University Lüneburg.

We would like to discuss these issues with you at HyperKult and hope to see you in Lüneburg. Further information as well as the conference schedule (in German) can be found on the conference website.

When: July 4th-6th (Thursday through Saturday)
Where: Centre for Digital CulturesSülztorstraße 21–25, 3rd floor, 21335 Lüneburg

Twitter: @HyperKultXXII


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.

Episciences Project to create arXiv open access journals. A group of mathematicians is launching a series of free-of-charge open access journals containing articles from Cornell University's arXiv server, thereby posing increasing competition for academic publishers. (text via heise, Stefan Krempl)