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

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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…

Eurozin ejournals

The annual Eurozine conference takes place this weekend in Oslo bringing together editors from over eighty cultural journals from across Europe. 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!

Last Friday, a concluding workshop by the DFG-funded project Funktionaler Ausbau von und Mehrwertdienste für “Open Journal Systems”/Functional Upgrading of and Added Value Services for “Open Journal Systems” – or “” for short – took place in Berlin.

With almost 15.000 iojs-berlin-13-9-20nstallations, OJS is the most frequently used software for the management of Open Access journals worldwide. The one-day workshop, which was attended by about 40 librarians, editors, software developers and scholars from all over Germany, gave an overview about the adjustments and enhancements for German journals developed by the Center für Digitale Systeme/Centre for Digital Systems at Berlin’s FU in collaboration with the Public Knowledge Project.

During her presentation, software developer Bozana Bokan introduced a couple of useful plugins for various areas:

Bokan finished by showcasing some elements of the public alpha version of OJS 3.0 which was released in mid-August. The new version represents a major rewrite of OJS to take advantage of the technologies that were pioneered in Open Monograph Press 1.0. It is planned for 2014.

In order to stay current, visit the support forums for the Public Knowledge Project or the German OJS discussion forum.

A specimen sheet of typefaces and languages, by William Caslon I

A tribute to St Brides, the event venue and type library. English: A specimen sheet of typefaces and languages, by William Caslon I, letter founder; from the 1728

An exciting publishing conference takes place in London on the 24th September called Publish! The event is organised by Media Futures and is in partnership with REACT, both media research organisations. Media Futures ran a similar event in July 2012, ‘Publish! New Players, New Innovations‘ which showcased an interesting set of digital and multimedia publishing project. REACT ran an innovations prototyping programme exploring new forms of digital publishing in early 2013, called Books and Print Sandbox.

If you happen to be in London on the 24th then pop along to the St Brides venue off Fleet Street. Alternatively you can follow the event on Twitter or via the event portal Lanyrd.

The event programme can be found here


Yuk Hui from Hybrid Publishing Lab will give a talk in the colloquium Compromised Data? New Paradigms in Social Media Theory and Methods, at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada (28-29 October, 2013). The talk entitled Contribution to a Political Economy of Self-Archiving, refers to a self-archiving project launched in HybridPublishing Lab that aims to reconsider the question of archiving and storing in the digital age. It will talk about one of the theoretical concepts of the archive project: starting from an interpretation of Canguillhem’s The Living and its Milieu and reconsider the contribution of Simondon’s associated milieu and Heidegger’s care. Below is the abstract:

We are producing and reproducing more and more digital objects and data in an increasing speed, in response there are more and more cloud computing service providers such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Facebook and other social media giving users storages of files and data. This paper wants to discuss the problem generated in this stage of digitization, namely that we are losing the ability to archive objects and give control to the clouds. The departure of this article underlies a difference between storing and archiving. Storing is simply putting things on the hard disk drive with certain kinds of index; while possessing more and more objects, we start forgetting what one has, and we tend to download the same objects several times and risk not being able to locate objects one is looking for. The huge storage services seem to produce an illusion that everything can be remembered, but in fact they produce conditions of total forgetting. In contrast, archiving is a practice of creating contexts indicating the relevance between objects and users. To archive is to select, that implies remembering and forgetting. These contexts in turn constitute the milieu of the livings, in the sense as Georges Canguilhem described in The Living and its Milieu[1]. By creating and maintaining these milieux, we learn to orient and to live – “a median situation, a fluid of suspension, a life environment.” Canguilhem borrowed the example of Jakob von Uexküll’s blind ticks, by sensing the smell, the warmth and other elements that constitute the milieu, they know when to fall down from a tree to the back of animals passing by.

Gilbert Simondon has extended the concept of milieu to understand relation between human and machine and underlies a politics between the two, since after all, human beings are not ticks, we live in milieux which become more and more artificial and subject to engineering. Industrialisation constantly povertises our living milieux and generate new milieux that favourite economic exchanges and miseries. We observe that self-archiving tools are largely underdeveloped,while commercial social media such as Google, Facebook don’t provide us with tools to archive but only to store. At the same time, ironically they are constantly archiving our contextual information, e.g. our habits, meetings, participation in events, for marketing uses. This relation between the living and the digital milieu has to be re-accessed and politicised under current situation of industrialisation. For Simondon, before industrialisation, man – the bearer of tools are technical individuals that maintain a stable associated milieu for themselves; while industrialisation destroyed this setting and inversely rendered human workers the associated milieu of machines in the factories. For Simondon, this destruction of milieu is one of the major causes of alienation and proletarianization[2].

What could be further developed from Simondon’s theory is that it also destroys the structure of care by replacing it with economic exchanges. It seems urgent today to address the problem of the milieu under the current technological condition by reconceptualising practices of self-archiving and retackling the question of care in related to digital objects and metadata. By care I refers to three different notions here: Foucault’s proposal to return the care of the self (le souci) as a technic of subjectivation; Heidegger’s care (die Sorge) as a temporal structure; Bernard Stiegler’s proposal of taking care (prendre soin). Hence self-archiving is not only a question of autonomy, but also a possibility to consider new perspectives of deproletarianisation. Within an agenda of self-archiving, we can also re-imagine the question of personalisation and share that have been dominated by social media, for example, what kind of personalisation can be developed through the practice of self-care rather being determined largely by the social milieu? can we imagine new forms of share, for example offline portable digital libraries that are shared among local communities? The question of self-archiving is both a call for technological development, and a call for a politics of archives after Michel Foucault. This paper ends by exposing the current self-archiving tool we are working on and calling for future collaborations.

[1]G. Canguilhem, The Living and Its Milieu, Grey Room, No. 3 (Spring, 2001), pp. 6-31

[2]G. Simondon, Du Mode d’Existence des objects techniques, Aubier, 1958, 2012


In Media Res, a project by ‘The Institute for the Future of the Book‘ put out a call for curators (here: academics, journalists, critics, media professionals and fans) to contribute to Everyday Archives. It’s due 2nd of September.

About In Media Res:
“In Media Res is dedicated to experimenting with collaborative, multi-modal forms of online scholarship. Our goal is to promote an online dialogue amongst scholars and the public about contemporary approaches to studying media. In Media Res provides a forum for more immediate critical engagement with media at a pace closer to how we experience mediated texts.

Each weekday, a different scholar curates a 30-second to 3-minute video clip/visual image slideshow accompanied by a 300-350-word impressionistic response. We use the title “curator” because, like a curator in a museum, you are repurposing a media object that already exists and providing context through your commentary, which frames the object in a particular way. The clip/comment combination are intended both to introduce the curator’s work to the larger community of scholars (as well as non-academics who frequent the site) and, hopefully, encourage feedback/discussion from that community.”

This project re-imagines established roles in creative production such as ‘the curator’ which allows to appropriate these roles and apply them to other disciplines (see Joseph Vogel on Rhizomes). And in a more applied sense it reminds me of projects such as clipkino.

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.

Does the very word “Hackathon” have you crawling to the nearest corner, with visions of computer code dancing in your head? Have you ever wondered what exactly they are, and why you should care? Hackathons can be a great tool, bringing together groups of people to complete a set goal using the combination of their skills – computer-based and otherwise. They are not just for the technologists – your individual expertise can be a vital part of a “hack.” Open Access Week is now just around the corner (October 21-27) and a Hackathon is a great way to stir interest, involvement, and possibly create finished projects using Open Access content. Join the free SPARC online event about Hackathons. Continue Reading…