Dr. Sven Fund is the Managing Director of De Gruyter, and a lecturer at Humboldt University. He has published on open access as well as the digital transformation of the publishing industry, and can look back to an outstanding career in several large publishing houses.

Hybrid Publishing Lab: Will New Media decide the fate of publishers, or will the printed book stay predominant?

Sven Fund: The advent of digital media for the first time ever show, how diverse the use of books is and in fact has always been. For sure, printed books will not disappear, as vinyl has not disappeared from music lovers’ collections. I would estimate that depending on the type of title ebooks will saturate at around 40%-50%, printed books making up for the rest. Continue Reading…

Janneke Adema is a Research Fellow in Digital Media at the Centre for Disruptive Media at Coventry University and an outstanding expert on the topic of open access. She has conducted research for both the OAPEN Foundation and for the DOAB project, and is one of the authors of the OAPEN report Overview of Open Access Models for eBooks in the HSS (2010) and the DOAB User Needs Analysis (2012). Together with Pete Woodbridge, she has co-edited a living book on Symbiosis published with Open Humanities Press (2011).

Hybrid Publishing Lab: You did a research on publishing models concerning open access books in the humanities and social sciences. What is the biggest obstacle for open access at the moment?
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Tariq Goddard studied philosophy at King’s College London, as well as Continental Philosophy at the University of Warwick and the University of Surrey, and is now an award winning writer. Since 2008, he and his wife run Zero books, as well as an organic herb farm. Zero Books have published over one hundred titles in areas ranging from philosophy and politics to poetry and fiction. They currently have over forty titles in production.

Hybrid Publishing Lab: When starting with Zero books in 2008 you decided to jettison an office and work online with an electronic database. What was the reason for this decision and how does this affect your work as a publisher? Continue Reading…

The letter box, by the berlin-based Design Research Lab (DRL), easily transforms analog input into digital data. The ritualized act of posting a letter is used to bridge the gap between the physical with the digital space. This letter box mirrors the DRL-goal that neither prior knowledge nor specific digital devices should be needed in order to take part in the sociopolitical network we are designing in order to enable communities to develop resilient actions.

The letter box transfers a hand-written message to a digital platform so the issue can be spread effectively and publics can form around the discourse possibly emerging around it. You can find more about the Box about the Hybrid Letter Box here.

Henry WarwickHenry Warwick, Ph.D., is an artist, composer, writer, and assistant professor in the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University in Toronto, and is a research fellow at the Infoscape Lab at Ryerson.  Originally from Edison, New Jersey, he has lived in Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA. An active artist in a variety of media, his visual art work is in a variety of collections both private and corporate.
His music can be downloaded for free at his website, kether.com. His most recent record, “Something Borrowed” is available at auricular.com. His book, “The Radical Tactics of the Offline Library” is available through the Institute of Network Cultures, http://networkcultures.org/. Since 2007, he has lived in Toronto with his wife, Beth, and their daughter, Elizabeth.

Hybrid Publishing Lab: What is the impact but also the potential of piracy in our society?
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Gigaom‘s Mathew Ingram has written an article on new business models. Ingram takes a look at The Guardian, to see that what they are selling, is not access: “Like the music industry, the Guardian has realized that the value in media isn’t in selling access to a specific product or unit of content, but in creating a deep relationship with readers and fans who want access”. Read the whole article here.

A new study looks at how engineers and designers from companies like Storify, Zite, and Google News see their work as similar — and different — from traditional journalism. Mike Ananny and Kate Crawford have published the results of their study looking at new information flows within digital technologies. Are algorithms the new editors? Read all about it here.

Andrew Hughes of the Research School of Management at the Australian National University has published an article on what free really means today. Read about the crisis of business models and why, in his opinion, free was never really free here.

Open Access definitions might be varied, however the LSE blog for social sciences has recently posted an article by Glyn Moody, reminding authors that giving up copyright might be a bad idea. What to draw from the software debate and which key areas of division exist in the licensing jungle can be explored here.

The PSFK Labs met up with John Sherry, director of User Experience Design at Intel Corporation, and Brandon Barnett, director of Business Innovation at Intel Labs to discuss the open source movement from a business perspective. Read the full interview here.

lovink.geertGeert Lovink is a media theorist, internet critic and author of Zero Comments (2007) and Networks Without a Cause (2012). Since 2004 he is researcher in the School for Communication and Media Design at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA) where he is the founding director of the Institute of Network Cultures. His centre recently organized conferences, publications and research networks such as Video Vortex (the politics and aesthetics of online video), Unlike Us (alternatives in social media), Critical Point of View (Wikipedia), Society of the Query (the culture of search), MoneyLab (bitcoins, crowdfunding & internet revenue models) and digital publishing strategies. He is also a media theory professor at the European Graduate School (Saas-Fee).

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open-acccess-days-2014Last Week the German Open Acces Days 2014 took place at the University of Applied Science in Cologne. 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. It has been a great event with great talks, fabulous presentation and interessting converstions.

This years Open Access Days 2014 were focusing on:

  • Scholarly societies and Open Access
  • Open Access models for monographs and edited volumes
  • Implementation of the Open Access Directive in the EU framework programme Horizon 2020
  • Guidelines and guiding principles for Open Access: Implementation and experiences
  • Creative Commons: Rationale, opportunities, and risks
  • Impact measurement of Open Access
  • Open Research Data: Infrastructures, opportunities, and limits
  • Advisory services on Open Access
  • Qualifying for Open Access at university and at work
  • Open Access and subscription: Open Access options and transformation strategies

Here is a short Twitter-Review about the event: Continue Reading…

blaesi.christophAs a professor for book studies at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and and permanent visiting professor at the University of St. Gallen, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christoph Bläsi is teaching in the fields of digital publishing and book economy. His research covers among others semantic technologies, text and publishing structures, trend analysis of the book market and the effect of media convergence on the book. Recently, Christoph Bläsi has worked in particular on the (non-)interoperability of ebook formats and format standards as well as on the self-conception, the theories and methods of publishing studies.

Hybrid Publishing:  The increasing supply and demand of e-books in the book industry results from new development in technology. How does this affect the way society perceives the cultural role or value of a book? And what challenges arise from this phenomenon for booksellers and publishers? Continue Reading…

New: The Open Access Repository Ranking

pold.soerenSøren Pold is Associate Professor of Digital Aesthetics at the Department of Information and Media Studies, Aarhus University, and leads the research programme “Humans and Information Technology” which is part of the interdisciplinary research centre Participatory Information Technology. He is an expert in the fields of in digital and media aesthetics, electronic literature, net art, software art, creative software, urban interfaces and digital culture and has a strong interest in interface criticism as a research perspective.

Hybrid Publishing: How important is the impact of the interface for our handling of knowledge, and should libraries pay more attention to media aesthetics? How could this change the role of the library?
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The Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN) and Jisc collection are setting up an OA monograph service. The pilot projects aim is to design and set up a centralised service in cooperation with UK universities to support and encourage the publication of Open Access (OA) peer-reviewed monographs. Read the full project description here.

Paul Vierkand and Maxi Kindling of HU Berlin have created an Infograph displaying the most valuable open access repositories in Germany. Based on 2014 Census of Open Access Repositories in Germany, Austria and Switzerland [1] data that has been categorized for this ranking into General Information, Usability, Value-added Services, Metadata, Interoperability and Community. Check it out here.

Margaret Atwood has been named as the first contributor to the Future Library Project. Every year until 2114, one writer will be invited to contribute a new text to the collection, and in 2114, the trees will be cut down to provide the paper for the texts to be printed – and, finally, read. Until then, all manuscripts will be stored – without any feedback to the author. Read all about the project and its first contributor here.

Graham Steel, open access advocate, talked to the Open Access Button about why he believes that paywalls stifle innovation and progress in science. This interview is the beginning of a series, where the blog highlights the work of the OA community it engages with.

A new project kickstarts today researching what the initiators are calling Generation E – European expats under the age of 40 taking on the EU’s fundamental right of free movement to build a future within Europe, but not in their homeland. The Project is crowdsourcing stories from Italy, Greece, Spain and Portugal specifically, but also other European migrant stories, in an attempt to track supposed openness within European movement. Read about the project here.

And last but definitely not least, here is a very useful list of open access journals with impact factors.


We proudly present the speakers of the Post-Digital Scholar Conference! birchall.clare
This interview series will give you a first impression of whom you will be seeing at the conference and with what topics they are concerned with.

Dr Clare Birchall is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of North American Studies at the King’s Collge London. Her research is mostly concerned with the relationship between secrecy and transparency in the digital age. She is one of the editors for the online journal Culture Machine; an editorial board member and series co-editor for the Open Humanities Press; and part of the team behind the JISC-funded Living Books about Life series.

Hybrid Publishing: What topics are you currently concerned with in your work or research, anything that relates to the conference? Continue Reading…

Scientists criticise new “open access” journal which limits research-sharing with copyright

Check out the Open Steps event calender! The new site for open knowledge related projects aggregates worldwide resources to inform researchers in the field. You can find many upcoming Open Knowledge events taking place all across the globe. Never miss one again: check it out here.

The Open Access Button is launching a mobile app. This work is being funded by JISC as part of the Summer of Student Innovation initiative, and you can read the first of many blogposts updating on the development here.

As Colleges opened in the US last week, students are faced with a large sum to spend on textbooks for the following semester. Blair Horner, Legislative Director of the New York Public Interest Research Group, has commented on how the lack of open textbooks are holding back the country’s educational potential. Read and listen to the full piece here.

Scholarly Kitchen‘s Kent Anderson interviewed Gordon Nelson, President of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP), after he had published an article in the Capitol Hill publication The Hill with the title: “What happens when you take something of value and give it away?”. Read the interview about public access policies, open access and the viability of scientific societies here.

Paul Barrett has written a rational post on implementing OA. While he is a self-declared advocate of OA, he identifies speed bumps and problems that need to be worked on. Read the full piece on his blog.