sci20conf_twitterBefore 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:

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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!

Every year on January 1st, the copyright on any number of cultural texts lapses following intellectual property rights that often last the life of the author + 70 years (depending on the country and jurisdiction). The Public Domain Review – a project by the Open Knowledge Foundation – celebrates the authors whose works enter into the public domain as the class of 2014 (they even include the “class photo” below). Some names this round include Sergei Rachmaninoff, Nikola Tesla, Simone Weil and Beatrix Potter.


Top Row (left to right): George Washington Carver; Sergei Rachmaninoff; Shaul Tchernichovsky
Middle Row (left to right): Sophie Taeuber-Arp; Nikola Tesla; Kostis Palamas; Max Wertheimer
Bottom Row (left to right): Simone Weil; Chaim Soutine; Fats Waller; Beatrix Potter

Hybrid Publishing LabWant to work with us? We are looking for nice and intelligent people that contribute to our plans hands-on. Now what are these plans? The Hybrid Publishing lab is researching how digital change affects the world of academic and independent publishing. The team you will join is a group of about 20 researchers, who are interested in the change of publishing and coordinate their efforts in Lüneburg.

The two jobs open at the moment are covering the area of entrepreneurship and project management. Among other things, we are planning to establish a closer contact to publishing houses. Also we need some help to organise thrilling events, bigger conferences and workshops.

Please send us your job applications and a CV to the email address you’ll find on the official job descriptions below. They are in German… Yes, for the jobs you’ll need both, English and German language skills. Contact us if you have any questions. We are looking forward to hear from you!

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Gold open access preference is mistaken, say MPs

RESEARCH ARTICLE E-Readers Are More Effective than Paper for Some with Dyslexia

When surfing the excellent catalogue of the Australian Open Access publisher re:press, I found a logo. As I am easy to distract, I clicked on it to find the interesting Australian organization below which “represents, advocates and applauds more than 100 small publishers around Australia and is a fan of independent publishing worldwide”.


Studying their report “A lovely kind of madness: small and independent publishing in Australia” (2007), I learned that it was founded in 2006 with the aim to tackle the biggest problem of small publishers: publicity and distribution. I think now one can say there is also a third problem for independent publishers making an organization like this even more important: it is nearly impossible for independent publishers to keep track of the ever changing digital technology.

The Small Press on the web and on twitter.

how to make your dumb phone work for you

how to make your dumb phone work for you

When we talk about dumb phones we still have to distinguish between basic phones (just call or text) and feature phones (limited access to the internet and some apps). I believe at the dumb store they mainly serve feature phones.

According to Allison Burtch and Ramsey Nasser, the authors of Dumb Store, “The Dumb Store is a demonstration of what can be done using dumb phones. It’s an exploration in resisting planned obsolescence and using current technology to its fullest capacity.”

In the online store you can get stock prices delivered to your phone, turn it into a flashlight, play rock, paper, scissors, have access to the first three sentences of wikipedia entries, you can tag or view a public wall, get your TV program, quotify, see if the L train is fucked again or receive random Haikus.

Extra resource on dumb phones here.