Open Access Week Event @ Leuphana University: Workshop „Why Open Access Matters“


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:

We’ll be at Merve’s stand, located in Halle 3.1 – B129. Come by!

PDS_Poster_30714We would like to finally announce and invite you to a conference debating the future of publishing in the humanities from the 12.11. – 14.11.2014 in Lüneburg, Germany.

At the “Post-Digital Scholar Conference: Open Access, Piracy and Public Spheres“ national and international experts will share their research and findings. Publishers and academics, authors and designers, programmers and artists, hackers and entrepreneurs will discuss new developments in publishing and communication. The conference is organized by the Hybrid Publishing Lab of the Centre for Digital Culture at Leuphana University.

Participation is free of charge. Please register here. Our Website keeps you updated. You can donwload the conference poster here.

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:

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.

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.

“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.

Find More Information here.

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…

More than 60 people attended when Dr. Mercedes Bunz discussed with representatives of the regional publishing industry in the ANALOG conference series in the Lüneburg Stadtarchiv. Thanks to everybody involved, the event resulted in an informative and smooth running evening. Read more about the outputs and results of the event soon.

The workshop (closed) is part of an ongoing series of events and research publishing for coordination and interoperability between stakeholders in the open source digital publishing research community.

In the workshop we would explore these three topics:

  •     What standards are we each using in our workflows
  •     What do these standards need to address in our workflows
  •     Looking towards interoperability in API standards for multi-format publishing

Date: 2nd and 3rd July 2014 at the Hybrid Publishing Lab, Innovation Inkubator, Leuphana University, Lüneburg Continue Reading…

On Thursday and Friday (22-23 May), the international conference “Off the Press: Electronic Publishing in the Arts”, organized by our friends from the Digital Publishing Toolkit initiative, will take place in Rotterdam (NL).

Off the Press

The conference starts at the renowned Museum Bojimans van Beuningen with the sessions “Today’s Book Publishing” and “One thousand and one Publishing Workflows” (both featuring experts from all over the globe), followed by an introduction to the Digital Publishing toolkit and showcases by international artists/designers and publishers.

During the evening session at the legendary WORM, artists and designers will present their own practices and approaches to digital publishing that both take advantage of and question the current modes of content production and dissemination.

The second day begins with three parallel workshops called “Paper to Code: Transforming the Future of Reading”, “Electronic Publishing Workflows: (Multi)Markdown & Pandoc” (you’ll need a separate ticket for these workshops) and “Superglue: Reshaping the Web?” (free). The event is completed by the session “Underground e-publishing” and the “Bazaar”, in which a number of artists, publishers and other practitioners of electronic publishing will showcase their projects in an informal way, looking forward to meeting you!

For tickets and more information on the whole event, please visit:

Leuphana_Analog_3_IIIAm 4. Juni 2014 ab 17 Uhr findet im Stadtarchiv Lüneburg die Veranstaltung Analog III: “Digital oder Gedruckt? Die Zukunft der Holzmedien” statt. Im Rahmen dieser Veranstaltung sprechen wir mit Vertretern und Gästen aus der Region über die Veränderungen im Verlagswesen durch die Digitalen Medien:

Elektronische Alternativen stellen das gedruckte Buch vor Herausforderungen, Online-Shops die lokalen Ladengeschäfte. Das klassische Druckgewerbe gerät in Bedrängnis, aber Technologien wie Print-On-Demand bieten neue Chancen. ANALOG III präsentiert verschiedene Antworten auf diese tiefgreifenden Veränderungen und erkundet im Dialog mit Medienexperten der Region den Status-Quo regionaler Verlagswelten.

Gewinnen Sie tiefe Einblicke in die Hybridisierung der Verlagswelt: Das Team des Kompetenztandems „Hybrid Publishing Lab“ des Centre for Digital Cultures an der Leuphana Univiersität Lüneburg freut sich auf eine Keynote, ein Podiumsgespräch und einen geselligen Abend mit Ihnen. Melden Sie sich jetzt hier für die Veranstaltung an!

Reverse Engineering Digital Methods2. Workshop der AG Daten und Netzwerke

Centre for Digital Cultures
Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Sülztorstr. 21-25 (Post)

Mit der jüngsten Konjunktur der Digital Humanities und der damit einhergehenden methodologischen, heuristischen und förderpolitischen Neuorientierung scheinen die Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften nun endgültig im digitalen Zeitalter angekommen zu sein. Dabei sind die Konturen des „digitalen” Forschungsparadigmas noch weithin unscharf. Dies stellt auch für die Medienwissenschaften eine Herausforderung dar, die sich an der Schnittstelle von Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften einerseits und Sozialwissenschaften andererseits mit der Frage konfrontiert sehen: Welche neuen Wege der Forschung können mit digitalen Medien beschritten werden und welche neuen Erkenntnisse zu Tage gefördert? Aber auch: Welche neuen Kompetenzen müssen Medienwissenschaftler_innen erwerben, um digital forschend tätig zu sein? Zugleich drängt sich die Frage nach der medialen Bedingtheit des digitalen Forschungsparadigmas auf: Auf welche Weise strukturieren technische Infrastrukturen und digitale Forschungspraktiken das Wissen, welches aus ihnen hervorgeht? Continue Reading…

This year, the Open Access Week will turn 7 and founders are already reaching out for participators and supporters of the open access movement to play a part in the October event. Open Access Week is an invaluable chance to connect the global momentum toward open sharing with the advancement of policy changes on the local level. Universities, colleges, research institutes, funding agencies, libraries, and think tanks have used Open Access Week as a platform to host faculty votes on campus open-access policies, to issue reports on the societal and economic benefits of Open Access, to commit new funds in support of open-access publication, and more. sign up at for access to all the support and resources you need, and to connect with the worldwide OA Week community.

In the light of this event, OAButton have started working on a 2.0 version of their project, which is said to release in time for Open Access Week in October. They are currently campaigning to get the  £20,000 of funding needed to get ahead with the project.

The Open Knowledge Foundation, too, is calling for volunteers to join in on working on the Festival Event in July in Berlin.

But not all is well in open access world and Digiday has released an article on how big viral publishers stack up against each other. Using social media, therefore is not necessarily the best option in getting traffic for catchy content. Read the full article here.

On University World News the solution seems to be to stop publishing altogether. Brianne Kent discusses the current publishing culture and opts for a future in archiving. Open Access Archiving. Read all about it here.

Here are our favorite tweets from the second Day of the Science 2.0 Conference – make sure you don’t miss our #sci20conf-Review of the first conference day and our outtakes on the bottom of this post. Continue Reading…