April 11: Bookishness
April 18: Artists’ Books
April 25: New approaches to page space
May 2: Bookwork
May 9: What are books?
May 15: Page to screen [note new date and time, Tuesday, 5:00pm]
May 23: Attention and distraction
May 30: How we read now
June 6: Networked books
April 11: Bookishness
Openness has become the buzzword for everything in India right now. From the new kids on the block riding the wave of Digital Humanities investing in infrastructure of open knowledge initiatives to the rhetoric of people-centered open government data projects that are architected to create ’empowered citizens’, there is an inherent belief that Opening up things will make everything good. Continue Reading…
The G8 leaders just met in the U.K. for their thirty-nineth summit. Surprisingly they signed the “Open Data Charter“, which covers the commitment of all G8 member states to publish government data from a variety of departments and the release “high value” science and research data on default.
This is just the beginning and there is, however, still much to be done. But scientists and researcher should welcome the charter. The member states signed to finish the implementation of the charter and technical annex by the end of 2015 at the latest. So it might be worth have a look at it and to combine activities regarding opening up “genome data, research and educational activity and experiment results” with pointing to the charter.
Bjoern Brembs from the University of Regensburg did a short analysis of the german library statistics regarding the money they spend on publications like journals. In the statistics (freely available here) you can check every one of the 250 university libraries and how much they spent on what in which year. Here is what he found:
German libraries spent in 2011
- 170 million € on books
- 130 million € on subscriptions
This amounts to an average of about 660k € in subscription costs for each library (I did not check the distribution to see if I should have calculated the median instead). Given a conservative estimate of publisher profits of around 30%, this suggests that each German library paid about 220k € to publishers’ shareholders in 2011. Obviously, this will vary from library to library. For instance, our library here in Regensburg paid about 700k € in 2011 towards publishers’ profits.
What one could also see was that an average German library in 2011 subscribed to 2k print journals and 15k e-Journals, at an average cost of 34€ per title.
Want to work with us? We are looking for nice and intelligent people that contribute to our plans. Now what are these plans? The Hybrid Publishing lab is, among other things, creating an open source toolbox for publishing infrastructures, specifically at the world of academic and independent publishing. And yes, of course we are committed to Open Access.
The team you will join is a group of 18 alert and curious researchers that are interested in the change of publishing and meet regularly in Lüneburg to coordinate their efforts.
The two jobs open at the moment are covering the area of Design Research and/or Computer Science. These jobs shall help the team with exploring publishing modes, by creating a combination of multi-format distribution, and with considering the role of social media.
Please email your job applications and a CV to the emails you’ll find on the official job descriptions below. And don’t hesistate to contact us if you have any questions. We are looking forward to hear from you!
(Added 2nd March: … as some of you have asked: your English speaking skills are more important than your German speaking skills…)
Official Job description (german):
Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in Designforschung
Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in Informatik
The Hybrid Publishing Lab researches and develops new forms of scientific publication and communication for the humanities in cooperation with publishers, librarians, software developers, authors and other stakeholders.
The image-oriented research platform HyperImage continues to be developed and refined as a concrete application of the HPL’s research. The position and identity of image details are usually described and delimited in conventional terms, using symbols, words or gestures. HyperImage sup ports the precise marking of image regions, allowing them to be linked to other regions and data, as well as supporting sophisticated search technologies on the corpus. Images and metadata can be imported from external repositories as well as from collections on local storage media.
Ross Mounce, PhD Student at the University of Bath, is building a list of Gold OA journals with all licence details. He already scored 531 out of 985 journals he found here, so there’s 454 left still to score. He has started the task on a collaborative, editable Google Spreadsheet here.
If you have some spare time please help him to fill-in the data on his spreadsheet (sheet called ‘Data’). All data filled-in on the datasheet will be public data for anyone to use/copy/remix CC0.