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…

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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You find more information about the International Science 2.0 Conference, the Final Version of Programme and List of Speakers attending here. Hybrid Publishing Lab is part of the Leibniz Association Research Network “Science 2.0″, which is organizing the event.

Scalar and watching reading write: About our “Rewiring the Future of Publishing” Workshop

TIB_OSL_Stele_Seite_2-300x300The Open Science Lab at the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) in Hannover has invited 15 scientists to create a manual on collaborative platforms for science. The “Handbook CoScience” will be produced in a book sprint shortly before and during CeBIT 2014, the world’s No. 1 trade fair for the digital industries.

Authors from the following institutions of the research network Science 2.0 are involved in the project:

and additional authors from other research institutes, scientific publishers and infrastructure facilities. Continue Reading…

science_20_conferenceFrom 26 to 27 March 2014 the first International Science 2.0 Conference in Hamburg brings together the library community, the scientific community and other stakeholder groups affected by the changes in scholarly communication. The conference is dedicated to the latest scientific trends, developments, challenges as well as best practices in the area of Science 2.0. It provides an excellent framework for networking among international researchers from different scientific disciplines and practitioners from libraries. Continue Reading…

Perhaps inspiring: Alpha-ville EXCHANGE, London

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…

Audio Proceedings of Simondon Workshop

Hybrid Publishing Lab of the Centre for Digital Cultures in Lüneburg hosted the first workshop on Simondon in Germany. The workshop titled Simondon and Digital Culture hold on the 21st and 22nd of November 2013. The workshop attracted 50 participants from Germany, France, Britain, Swiss, etc. Attendees from the Hybrid Publishing Lab included Mercedes Bunz, Marcus Burkhardt, Yuk Hui, Andreas Kirchner. The audio proceedings can be find here, the CDC Press of the Hybrid Publishing Lab will follow up with the paper proceedings in 2014.


science20In March 2014 the first International Science 2.0 Conference brings together the library community, the scientific community and other stakeholder groups affected by the changes in scholarly communication. Save the Date! Continue Reading…

Books in Browsers IV, a summit for emerging internet publishing companies, took place last week on Thursday and Friday in San Francisco at the Internet Archive. All the panels were recorded at and are worth checking out, but I want to draw particular attention to this presentation by Adam Hyde from on collaborative knowledge production and ‘The Death of the Reader’, relevant to our ongoing research into collective authorship and rapid publishing methodologies here at HyPub.

Watch the video here (skip to 20 mins).

Check out the full Books in Browsers program for information on other sessions and speakers.

The Team of the Hybrid Publishing Lab will be at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2013. It’s the world’s largest trade fair for books, based on the number of publishing companies represented, as well as the number of Visitors and takes place from 9-10 October 2013. It is also the perfect place for spotting new trends in book publishing and discussing new publishing models. If you want to meet us there do not hesitate to contact us via

open_access_tage_hamburgJust two weeks before the 7th international Open Access Week and ten years after the Berlin Open Access Declaration, the German Open Acces Days 2013 took place in Hamburg.

On 1st & 2nd October 2013 the german speaking Open Access Community came together to discuss about and promote Open Access (OA) as a new norm in scholarship and research communication. The discussions have been broad but focused mainly on the institutional basis.

The following ten aspects of the German Open Access Days 2013 attracted my interests:

  1. The merger between Research Information Systems and Open Access Repository are wise and can be an important push for openness in science (and therefore OA). It has to be really simple for scientists and other stakeholders to open up and publish information about their research.
  2. The funding associations have to oblige scientists and research institutions to publish Open Access in order to receive funding. Unfortunately, the German Society for Research (DFG) “will not be able to do so soon” – due to political and institutional issues.
  3. There are significant differences between the scientific disciplines with respect to researchers’ awareness of and experience with both Open Access and self-archiving.
  4. The Open Access community should encourage the government to launch a National Open Access Statement, as was the case in Ireland.
  5. Lambert Heller demanded of the conference guests to find the “cyberscientists” in their institutions, associations, or decision bodies. They “usually like to play” and might be a good ressource to get digital transition problems solved.
  6. There is no point in having a fight about digitisation between universities’ IT centres, the help desk and the library.
  7. The university library of the future should not just refund APCs, but also fund the operation and the establishment of journals and platforms for Open Access. It should also see itself as an Open Acces Service institution.
  8. Most universities have repositories and most journals endorse deposit, but so far too few universities mandate the use of repositories. This has to change!
  9. Scientists have to realize that they should keep the rights to their work in the public domain. And “Open” is not always Open: all stakeholders have to be aware of rights aspects and the definition of open.
  10. We should confront the students and early stage researchers with the idea of Open Access (like in discussions with leading figures in the Open Access movement). We need to appeal to older researchers to not just accept the actual system and not just think about reputation but about alternative metrics, dissemination and advantages of open access publishing. We all need more (persuasion) activities and less talking. The shift to Open Access must come from the scientific community…

This event was hosted by the beautiful Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg and the ZBW – Leibniz-Informationszentrum Wirtschaft. The German Open Access Days 2014 take place from 8th to 9th September 2014 in Cologne.

Within the scope of this year’s annual conference of the German Society for Media Studies (GfM), which will take place on October 3-5 in Lüneburg, the Hybrid Publishing Lab hosts a workshop called “Open Up! The Politics and Pragmatics of Open Access”. The workshop is composed of four short presentations by international experts as well as members of the HPL and will go into recent discourses of Open Access.


Marcus Burkhardt and Christian Heise (Lüneburg) will break the first ground by asking: “Open Access, Open Research, Open Science, Open what?” By discussing the ‘Open Definition’ proposed by the Open Knowledge Foundation, they will outline some of the most controversial issues in the current struggle for openness.

In their presentation “Work – Content – Data: On the Politics of Open Access Business Models”, Armin Beverungen and Helge Peters (Lüneburg) will argue that publishers translate open access into different business models, which bring with it their own politics. They will point out, why independent publishers can experiment more openly with open access, new media and formats as mainstream publishing houses.

With the aid of a selection of case studies of what can be seen as experiments in radical Open Access, Janneke Adema’s (Coventry) presentation “Open up Possibilities for Critique” will explore in what sense openness can form the basis for a critique of our established practices of scholarly communication and more in particular of the political economy surrounding scholarly book publishing.

Last but not least, Nishant Shah (Bangalore/Lüneburg) will propose that if we take Big Data seriously, we need to make a move “From Information Society to Data Society”. What does this entail? What does it mean to be alive in the time of big data? And what is the value of openness that we are now talking about? These questions will be exemplified by means of a small case study of the Indian land record digitalization project ‘Bhoomi’.

The workshop is also open to short example-oriented presentations of participants who want to engage in the discussion. Please email us beforehand at

Date: October 5, 2013, 5-7 p.m.

Location: Campus Scharnhorststraße, C HS 5

For more information on the whole event please visit the conference website.


In conjunction with this year’s Berlin 11 Open Access meeting, the Max Planck Society and Right to Research Coalition will host the first-ever satellite conference to the Berlin conference series specifically for students and early stage researchers on November 18th in Berlin, Germany.

The meeting will convene approximately 85 students and early stage researchers for intimate discussions with leading figures in the Open Access movement, including researchers, publishers, policymakers, advocates, and — most importantly — students themselves. With generous support from the Max Planck Society, the registration fee will only be €20 and a large portion of the participants will have access to travel scholarships to cover all or part of their transportation and accommodation expenses.

Event Date: November 18, 2013
Application Deadline: October 14, 2013
Location: The New Malthouse in Berlin, Germany

You can apply now here to attend the Berlin 11 Satellite Conference for Students & Early Stage Researchers!