Classic books scanned and available freely to read online via the U.S. Library of Congress

“Ten Simple Rules” – a concentrated guide for mastering the professional challenges research scientists face in their careers

DOAJWhen Ulrich Herb published the numbers about the use of Creative Commons (CC) license, 9,804 Journals were listed in the central Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). The good news is that 3,772 of these Journals (almost 38 %) use a Creative Commons license. The bad news: the most of the publications listed in the DOAJ are still not “Open”. Continue Reading…

A Publication Taxonomy

Christina Kral —  February 10, 2014 — Leave a comment

A Publication Taxonomy — an initial guide to academic publishing types, inside and beyond Academe

Dear Community,

Welcome to the Publication Taxonomy an exploratory listing project by the Hybrid Publishing Consortium. The Hybrid Publishing Consortium is the technology research arm of the Hybrid Publishing Lab and is made up of a team of six interdisciplinary researchers, developing open source software for multi-format publishing. Creating an exploratory taxonomy of publication types plays a role in our software design process helping us understand the boundaries of publishing forms.

When the Consortium started to compile a list of the various types of scholarly publications we had to keep in mind the challenge of a continuously changing technology landscape. This meant moving to a so called post-digital condition (although a contested term)–involving parallel usage of various media types, a new collaborative paradigm, a proliferation of tool sets and open access academic publishing.

To give some limits around what we define as a publication we agreed on three very open parameters–(1) the act of making a document public, (2) the involvement of textuality, and (3) a scholarly/academic orientation.

Acceleration best describes the overall condition for both the development of publishing and the shaping of the emergent post-digital scholar, blurring the distinction between the publishers workflow and the scholars textual creation. The renegotiation of new roles for publisher and scholar is one area where new publishing types emerge, especially where the act of reading becomes a new textual creation. An instability arises in
the scholarly workflow and how the scholar is organizing and adjusting her/his work steps within the post-digital condition. It also means an expansion of the very definition what constitutes a publication.

You are invited to edit and add to the list on GitHub, create an account and edit here

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…

Norway is digitizing all Norwegian Books

A Collection of 700 Digital Research Tools

oeru_screenWith the launch of OER university (OERu) there is a new institution to provide a route to formal accreditation through study of free and really open educational resources in the form of free courses and materials developed by accredited universities. OERu is in competition to the University of the People a free service which tries to develop a parallel learning universe to add value to traditional delivery systems in post-secondary education.

Coordinated by the Open Education Resource Foundation (OERF), founded and headquartered at Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin, the OERu is an independent, not-for-profit network will offer free online university courses for students worldwide. The implementation of the OERu is a designated project of the UNESCO-Commonwealth of Learning OER Chair network. This is a nice idea and interessting approach, however it will depend on the (financial) sustainability of that learning scenario, the acceptance of the and the demand by students if this will be an alternative way of learning. However it is definitely worth trying

Bringing eBooks to Book – what readers want?

European MOOCs

European MOOCs

On then 26 September the European Commission launched the web portal project ‘Open Education Europa‘.

The portal is a gateway for information and research on Open Education Resources and MOOCs.

The project is part of a wider programme of digital up-skilling in schools and universities across Europe called Opening up Education.

You can also follow the project on Twitter @OpenEduEU

New study finds E-Readers are more effective than Paper for some with Dyslexia

DiXiT launched

Heinz-Günter Kuper —  September 19, 2013 — Leave a comment

The Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training Network DiXiT has received funding under Marie Curie Actions within the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme and runs from September 2013 until August 2017. The network comprises institutions from the public and private sectors and will examine diverse aspects of digital scholarly editing in the interests of supporting researchers. More details can be found on the project’s website.

“Making information available isn’t sufficient—it needs to be made relevant.”