The ‘publish or perish’ culture within science skews the research literature towards positive results. But negative findings matter too and new open access publications are helping researchers to give a fuller account of themselves. Stephen Curry writes about the importance of negative findings here.

In February 2015, computer scientist Vint Cerf, known widely for developing the TCP/IP internet protocol standard, gave a lecture at Carnegie Mellon University’s Silicon Valley branch campus in which he spoke of a coming “digital dark age.” The New Inquiry published an article questioning this concept and how to confront the arising problems: How do we talk about the politics of cultural records? If we cannot preserve everything, who defines what is worth saving? read all here.

Although the terminology of Big Data has so far gained little traction in economics, the availability of unprecedentedly rich datasets and the need for new approaches – both epistemological and computational – to deal with them is an emerging issue for the discipline. New research findings on Big Data and Society shed light on questions beyond economics, how Big Data is improving or changing economic models, and the kinds of collaborations arising around Big Data between economists and other disciplines. Read on here.

The big data story is certainly a boon to business. But big data can also play a key role in helping enhance the personal lives of a wide swath of this planet’s humanity. In essence, big data has the capability to help many people around the world work toward alleviating income inequality, as examples of Big Data Strategies for Developing Nations show here.


Since December 2014 there is  a new OA joural on MEDIUM: eLife. They had then already published over 700 Research Articles on a broad range of subjects in the life and biomedical sciences—including genetics, neuroscience, stem cells, infectious diseases and ecology. eLife is an open-access journal, so all of these articles are freely available to readers around the world. However, most Research Articles are written for fellow specialists. Therefore, in order to bring the latest research to a wider audience, all eLife articles include a short plain-language summary called an eLife Digest. Check out the new features here.

Today we publish the video recording of the third session of the Post-Digital Scholar Conference in Lüneburg. The third Session had the title “The Philosophy of the Book and its Changes”, starting with short Lightning Talks on the Projects at the Hybrid Publishing Lab and followed by Keynotes for the Session by Kathleen Fitzpatrick (New York University) and Christoph Bläsi (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz):

Here you can find all the other recordings and other reviews of the conference.

A while back we published the infographic „How to Start an Open Access Journal“ on this blog. Drawing on existing research on Open Access journals and the experiences we gained in the Hybrid Publishing Lab we originally assembled the poster for a workshop with a group of scholars interested in starting their own Open Access journal. Recently my colleague Andreas Kirchner and I have been conducting another workshop with doctoral and postdoctoral researchers from the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture at the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen on the same topic. We took this occasion as an opportunity to create an “Open Access Journal Canvas” (PDF) which supplements the poster.

Open Access Journal Canvas Continue Reading…

The first issue of the world’s first scientific journal was published on 6 March 1665. Its anniversary gives historians and scientists an opportunity to reflect on the past, present and future of scientific publishing

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Last year the Hybrid Publishing Lab organized the Post-Digital Scholar Conference in Lüneburg.

For three days, publishers, researchers, programmers, designers, artists, and entrepreneurs discussed how research and publishing in the humanities have changed over the past decade. The conference explored new tools for gathering knowledge, examine platforms for multimedia publishing, or collaborative writing experiments.

In the upcoming weeks, we will release two video of the conference sessions per week. Here you find the Video of the second Session “Let Us In! The Central Role of the Library” with Lambert Heller (Leibniz University Hannover), Thomas Stäcker (Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel), Soeren Pold (Universität of Aarhus), Corinna Haas (ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry) und Christian Heise:

Last year the Hybrid Publishing Lab organized the Post-Digital Scholar Conference in Lüneburg. For three days, publishers, researchers, programmers, designers, artists, and entrepreneurs discussed how research and publishing in the humanities have changed over the past decade. The conference explored new tools for gathering knowledge, examine platforms for multimedia publishing, or collaborative writing experiments.

In the upcoming weeks, we will release two video of the conference sessions per week. Here you find the Video of the Introduction and the first Session on the “Future of Writing” with Clare Birchall (Kings College), David M. Berry (University of Sussex), Geert Lovink (Institute of Network Cultures Amsterdam) and Mercedes Bunz:

Last weekend the arts and media festival-congress hybrid that is transmediale took place under the ominous motto of “capture all”. The aftermaths of the Snowden revelations still kept the community with their breaths held waiting for the answer to the one big question. What do we do with our data. In light of this conundrum, Jussi Parikka had answered three questions on media criticality posed by the Critical Media Lab in Basel.

After more than a decade of debate and a record-setting proceeding that attracted nearly 4 million public comments, the time to settle the Net Neutrality question has arrived. Tom Wheeler has outlined the new Open Internet proposal in an op-ed posted on WIRED.

Big Data is still in its early stages of life; to get to the next stage, its integration with core enterprise technologies needs to get better. Chief among the enterprise environments with which Big Data must integrate is the developer ecosystem. Gigaom has presented a panel on why Big Data matters today.

“We are moving towards changes in how ethics has to be perceived: away from individual decisions with specific and knowable outcomes, towards actions by many unaware that they may have taken actions with unintended consequences for anyone”, says Andrej Zwitter in new research on Big Data ethics. Zwitter has published his work OA on the Sage Journal Big Data & Society.

New Report on Monographs and Open Access

The Digital Humanities have established their place in the humanities and are inspiring new research questions, approaches and discoveries. The following film introduces innovative projects from differend Humanities disciplines, shows the role if infrastructure institutions such as libraries and provides an overview of academic options and the active community.

Open Access Ambassadors Conference- Afterthought

Another predatory publisher has been reported by Scholarly Open Access this week. The journal named Journal of Computer Science and Information Technology has published bogus articles such as Robots No Longer Considered Harmful. If that has not yet caught your attention, the authors I.P. Freely and Oliver Clothesoff should hint at what Scholarly OA has researched: the site is bogus, there is no real institute behind it and scholars should not submit to it. Have a look at the article and the list of the 52 predatory journals in total the fake institute has released here.

The ‘Libraccess’ Proposal has been worked and reworked and is online in its final version now. It specifies the need for a new platform for Open Access and stresses the importance of OA today. Read it in full here.

Mozilla is launching a fellowship program to build capacity for open science. The fellowships will run for 10-months, focusing on three fellows for the first two rounds, and include a mix of computational and data training as well as community engagement. The end goal:  training up the next round of open science trainers in research. Read all about it here.

Should Academic Journals Adopt Non-Profit Publishing Models?The title question of an article appearing on the enago blog is central to many OA debates, as universities and research centers currently pay high rates to access content their own researchers have produced.Don Fullerton, a professor of finance and associate director of the University of Illinois’ Institute of Government and Public Affairs, is of the opinion that Academia should not help publishing houses to generate those large profit margins. Read why here.

The question of academic access to current work is also addressed by Jason Schmitt, who claims academic journals to be “the most profitable obsolete technology in history“. What can be changed? According to him, everything. Read all about it here.

What Is the Point of Academic Books?

It’s a new year and looking back at 2014 there were a lot of becomings, happenings and ‘THE THING’s around. The event of the CCC in Hamburg shows how cybersecurity issues, copyright and diy computing are intertwining with academia, research and right to knowledge.

One of the things that was totally IT, was ‘ello. Nathan Jurgenson of the Society Pages takes a look at the anti-Facebook boom and how much people yearned to get away from the Network giant. The author ignites a discussion on social media spaces we need -read about it here and don’t overlook the comment section.

We also saw 2014 to be the year of the rise of the algorithm. Motherboard’s Michael Byrne looks at the 2015 problems our 2014 algorithms might be able to fix. Read the article here.

In the meantime, James Miller of speaks to Nico Sell, the founder of the secure messaging app Wickr on privacy, why she always wears dark glasses and how girls make great hackers. Read the full interview here.

Speaking of ‘ello, starting a social media company is hard. Or as Elizabeth Spiers says it, “everybody loves the fantasy that you can start with absolutely nothing and make a successful media company”. But when it comes down to it, here are five mistakes you should try to avoid when starting a media business.

Rick Falkvinge of TorrentFreak is the founder of the first Pirate Party in Sweden. Going into its tenth year on January first, he takes a look at the development of copyright law within that time and comes to the conclusion that things might not be so bad.



Open Access 2014: A Year that Data Cracked Through Secrecy and Myth

Traces of McLuhan – A Media Sprint at the Marshall McLuhan Salon


In late November, the Hybrid Publishing Consortium held a one day workshop at the Marshall McLuhan Salon in the Canadian Embassy in Berlin. This intense and positively stirring event brought together McLuhan scholars and software developers who all shared their views on working with and publishing from the archive. Together we mapped out these perspectives, potential needs and approaches.

The day concluded with a practical session hosted by Erich Decker and Matthias Helmut Guth from Cluster Asia Europe at the Heidelberg University. After showcasing their cross media annotation tools, they walked us through the technology, applying it to the specific case of the McLuhan archive and its video and textual content. Naturally this session could only raise awareness of what can be done and provide a feel for the workflow—it’s only just the beginning.

Hence, in early 2015 we plan, together with participants from the workshop, to complete two smaller projects that will focus on two particular works within the archive and employ the technology introduced during the media sprint. The aim will be to create small, tangible packages that can be used for educational purposes and the promotion of the archive and its content. More on that soon.

Happy new year!

Amongst the participants were Delphine Bedel, Sabine Claßnitz, Peter Cornwell, Eric Lars Decker, Baruch Gottlieb, Matthias Helmut Guth, Stephen Kovats, Alexander Kramer, Heinz-Günter Kuper, Martina Leeker and Steffi Winkler.