Over the course of the last year we were working hard on establishing an experimental publishing outlet for the Hybrid Publishing Lab. As our first publication is finally completed we are happy to introduce meson press to you. Run by members of the lab the aim of meson press is to publish high quality Open Access monographs. Even though the scholarly book is changing its face in the age of digital media, we strongly believe in the many virtues of its format for academic communication. Some might claim that the book is dead. Nevertheless we are aiming to reinvent the book by developing creative solutions for scholarly publishing in the digital age.
meson press publishes research on digital cultures and networked media. Its publications challenge contemporary theories and advance key debates in the humanities today.
Today our first book will be released: Our friends of the Gamification Lab at the Centre for Digital Cultures of Leuphana University of Lüneburg have put together a formidable volume of articles that seek to rethink gamification. The book offers a candid assessment of the current gamification hype by tracing back its historical roots as well as exploring novel design practices and methods. The contributions to “Rethinking Gamification” (edited by Mathias Fuchs, Sonia Fizek, Paolo Ruffino and Niklas Schrape) furthermore critically discuss the social implications of this phenomenon and present artistic tactics for resistance. Read the full publication here. It’s open access!
Join us on Monday, June 30th, 2014, at 7 p.m. for the official book release of “Rethinking Gamification” at Mondbasis (Lünertorstraße 20, Lüneburg, Germany). Let’s talk about Gamification, future books to come, and upcoming topics. And last, but not least, let’s celebrate.
You may remember the debates that were sparked by a piece entitled ‚What are we to do with feral publishers?’ in the UK. This debate has now continued with a further position piece by the Leicester academics David Harvie, Geoff Lightfoot, Simon Lilley and Kenneth Weir written for the journal Prometheus entitled ‘Publishers, be damned! From price gouging to the open road’. The debate, consisting of the proposition piece and responses, including one written by myself, Steffen Böhm and Chris Land, is now published and available in open access. However, its story is rather remarkable, as is the outcome. Continue Reading…
When I start thinking about DML (digital media and learning) and other such “networks” that I am plugged into, I often get a little confused about what to call them. Are we an ensemble of actors? A cluster of friends? A conference of scholars? A committee of decision makers? An array of perspectives? A group of associates? A play-list of voices? I do not pose these questions rhetorically, though I do enjoy rhetoric. I want to look at this inability to name collectives and the confusions and ambiguity it produces as central to our conversations around digital thinking. In particular, I want to look at the notion of the network. Because, I am sure, that if we were to go for the most neutralised digital term to characterise this collection that we all weave in and out of, it would have to be the network. We are a network. Continue Reading…
Before I go into the Twitter Review of the first international Science 2.0 Conference, I’d like to personally thank everyone that came out to support the Idea behind Science 2.0 during this event. So far the Science 2.0 Conference was certainly not my first conference this year, but it was definitely one of my favorite. I have also to mention the great PhD Spring School which was held just before the conference with good presentations and really inspiring discussions.
But lets start with our favorite pickings of the first Day – and don’t miss the outtakes on the bottom of this post:
Officially 154 participants from 11 countries at #sci20conf
— René König (@R_Koenig) March 26, 2014
Your chance to name the problems and rate the principles of academic/scientific publishing: the “Online-Konsultation Publikationssystem” by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Too bad that it’s only available in German!