Dr Julianne NyhanNyhanJ is lecturer (assistant Professor) in Digital Information Studies in the Department of Information Studies, University College London. Her research interests include the history of computing in the Humanities and most aspects of digital humanities with special emphasis on meta-markup languages and digital lexicography. She has published widely, most recently Digital Humanities in Practice (Facet 2012), Digital Humanities: a Reader (Ashgate 2013) and Clerics, Kings and Vikings: essays on Medieval Ireland (Four Courts, at press). Among other things, she is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Peer Review College, the communications Editor of Interdisciplinary Science Reviews and a member of various other editorial and advisory boards. She is also PI of the ‘Hidden Histories: Computing and the Humanities c.1949–1980’ project. You can follow her on Twitter and on her Blog.

HPL: How do books become data, and what can we further expect of this development? Continue Reading…

The EFF wraps up a successful Open Access Week 2014. During the week, the EFF had posted new insights on open access every day. See all posts, as well as a recap on what happened, in posts, pictures and parties here.

According to phys.org, younger researchers are more willing to embrace open access. During Open Access Week, around 8000 researchers responded to the 2014 Taylor & Francis Open Access Survey, giving their views on everything from the benefits of open access to licence preferences, peer review to the future of academic publishing. Read a detailed summary of the survey here.

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posavec.stefanieStefanie Posavec moved from Denver, Colorado to London, UK for to complete an MA in Communication Design (Central Saint Martins) in 2004 and never went home. With a background in book/book cover design and text visualisation, she now mainly works as a designer with a focus on data-related design, with work ranging from data visualisation and information design to commissioned data art for a variety of clients. Her personal work often explores ideas of data craftsmanship and focuses on the visual representation of language, literature, or scientific topics. This work has been exhibited internationally at galleries including at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Victoria & Albert Museum, and Somerset House (London).

HPL: How do you go about translating language, literature and science into visual representations in your work? Continue Reading…

This has nothing to do with publishing, but is an interessting post of a member of the Hybrid Publishing Lab and his colleague Christian Herzog from Basic Media Provision 2.0. Continue Reading…

SQ_crRené König is a sociologist researching at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He is interested in online knowledge hierarchies and focuses on transformation processes in academia triggered by Web 2.0. Together with Miriam Rasch he co-edited the “Society of the Query Reader. Reflections on Web Search” (Institute of Network Cultures, 2014) and he wrote “Cyberscience 2.0: Research in the Age of Digital Social Networks” (Campus, 2012) with Michael Nentwich. René was a researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna and studied Sociology in Bielefeld (Germany) and Linköping (Sweden). You can follow him on Twitter.

Hybrid Publishing Lab: The Internet offers scholarly networks and different forms of publishing and communication to the academic sector. From your perspective, what technologies are the most important here, and how does this affect scientific research? Continue Reading…

Corinna HaasCorinna Haas is head of the ICI Library at ICI Berlin since 2007. The ICI Library is an in-house reference library specialized in library services for fellows in residence. Corinna studied European Ethnography, Comparative Literature, and Library and Information Science in Stuttgart, Tübingen, and Berlin. She has published on One-Person Libraries, ethnographic research methods in User Studies, and professional cross-disciplinary exchange. She is interested in new practices and technologies to improve and extend library services.

Hybrid Publishing Lab: From your perspective, how do new digital technologies have affected the role of the library?
Corinna Haas: In short, the role of the library has shifted from collection manager to service provider. Maybe I could expand on this on the library panel :-)

HPL: What recent changes do you see in scholarly communication and production, and how do these changes affect the role of libraries?
Haas: Scholarly communication and production have become fluid, and the role of the library today is to support the whole process from research to publication instead of just providing the means for research and scholarly literature as before.

HPL: Which book will you always have as an analogue copy in your bookshelf?
Haas: Don Quijote, Madame Bovary, Der Zauberberg – in short, all works of literary fiction! I’m happy to read articles, scholarly literature and all types of information online, but for works of fiction I clearly prefer print books. Maybe one day I’ll read/watch/listen to digital-born fiction online, but today it doesn’t make much sense to me to read digital twins of print-born novels.

HPL: Are there any specific topics you are currently concerned with in your work that relate to our conference on post-digital scholarship?
Haas: As an Academic librarian, I work a lot with post-digital scholars; I’m very interested in what they are actually doing, and therefore in (Library) User Studies and information behavior. I also try to mingle with the digital intelligentsia as a kind of participant observer, in order to see the library from new angles. However, I’m currently not involved in a project that relates to the conference in a strict sense.

Read our next introduction interview with René König, sociologist researching at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

Our upcoming Conference on Publishing between Open Access, Piracy and Public Spheres is up for registration now. You can read all Interviews here.


As part of our case study series, the Hybrid Publishing Consortium is organizing a closed, one-day media sprint using material from the McLuhan Archive (hosted at the Canadian embassy in Berlin), as well as documentation from the McLuhan Centennial ‘Re-Touching McLuhan’ conference.

Inspired by book sprints, we are using the same model of speedy production. Yet, instead of producing a book, we’ll be focusing on experimental visualizations that trace a user’s approach to the archive, crisscrossing through various media formats.

The media sprint will focus on the hidden parts of archives—the visitors journey through an archive, hence our title ‘Traces of McLuhan’. The event will look at a variety of ways to make these use-pathways visible and manifest as publishing resources or a publishing form itself. Besides exploring ways of making those trails visible, there is also question how those trails can become useful for other users. For example being stored and becoming part of the archive—as a meta-publication layer.

We will record the traces of a user’s activity and annotations of an archive. Related to the archive we have access to two components: Firstly, the existing documentation of McLumination events and secondly, the multi-media content provided by the McLuhan Salon. The essays will be used as a starting point or lens through which to interpret the archive’s collection and vice versa.

We will use four software authoring tools to create an experimental digital object/trace over the day long media sprint. First, Pandora, a video archiving software package. Second the Hybrid Publishing Lab’s own software ecology, A-machine, for textual markup. Third, Tamboti, from the Heidelberg Research Architecture for meta description frameworks. And lastly freizo from Data Futures a migration platform. The combined package will allow for speedy annotation, combination of text and video, as well as a meta description data output.

While participants will trace search and trains of thought, creating an extra layer on the archive, we’ll investigate how McLuhan is relevant today and how his work is used. We hope to challenge the established use of an archive as well as known publication formats, which is a perfect fit for McLuhan.

The case study is one of four studies that sits under the umbrella theme of ‘Designing the Book of the Future’. The theme represents the ambitions of our research to enhance the technology of Moveable Type and move beyond the industry pressures to make simple copies of the book form, such as the eBook.

The project is in partnership with the McLuhan Salon (Canadian Embassy, Berlin) and Data Futures project is based in the Institute of Modern and Contemporary Culture (Westminster University, UK), r0g_agency gGmbH, Cluster Asia Europe – Heidelberg Research Architecture – Heidelberg University.

The event will take place at the end of November and is closed to the public. We will share our discoveries on consortium.io

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Last week the Hybrid Publishing Consortium presented their research project „Merve Remix“ at the Frankfurt Book Fair. In cooperation with the publishing house Merve and the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture (IMCC) of Westminster University the Hybrid Publishing Consortium had worked with 100+ books of the Merve catalogue. The project exemplary shows the range of possibilities for publishers and readers, emerging through digitization. Visit the prototype here: http://merve.consortium.io/browse.cgi

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This was the first public outing of the software ecology the Consortium has assembled as A-machine. For the ‘Merve Remix’ project we were able to demonstrate taking their back catalog into a multi-format workflow with a website offering samples of publications as EPUB 3, HTML5 Book-in-Browser and PDF.

We would like to take this opportunity to deeply thank Tom Lamberty, Birthe Mühlhoff, Hannah Wallenfels and Peter Cornwall for their tremendous support in this project.
We will continue our collaboration and cooperation in the second stage of the prototype where will investigate the ability to remix book chapters and download the new remixed book or order a print-on-demand copies.Let the remixing begin.

Feel free to visit our other case studies and prototypes at: consortium.io

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As visitors and researchers at the fair, we could explore what wider publishing community is currently up to.
The education section of the fair is a vibrant area of digital research. We particularly liked Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) (http://www.etri.re.kr/) with augmented books for children; as well as learning and course builders like Weeras (http://tools.weeras.com/en/) and XCRIBA (http://xteach.es/) a plaform for publishing into educational contexts.

It’s Open Access Week and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are celebrating with daily blogposts about various aspects of open access, as well as ways to get into the movement. Visit this page for daily updates! Also, check out the OA events happening all across the globe here.

The Open Access Button launches with new features. The re-launch was celebrated in London yesterday, and you can view a documentation of the ceremony here.

Open Knowledge is launching a new initiative focusing on the future of open access in the humanities and social sciences. The Future of Scholarship project aims to build a stronger, better connected network of people interested in open access in the humanities and social sciences. It will serve as a central point of reference for leading voices, examples, practical advice and critical debate about the future of humanities and social sciences scholarship on the web. Read the full initiative statement here.

Peter Suber has collected a number of interesting reads for open access week available here. The posts cover introductions to open access, as well as recent practices and strategies.

The Oxford University Press blog has posted an overview of the jungle that is licensing. Get up-to-date info here. They also provided us with the five key moments in open access. Check them out here.

And if all this reading is too much, check out the top tips for your open access week video by the Right to Research Foundation

Open Access Week Event @ Leuphana University: Workshop „Why Open Access Matters“

Hand-out about Open Access Publication Funds (PDF)

tkacz.nateNathaniel Tkacz is an assistant professor at the University of Warwick. His work lies at the intersection of network cultures, software studies and politics. He has published on: the political and organizational dynamics of openness; collaboration; software forking; trolling; dashboard interfaces and platform economies. His books include Wikipedia and the Politics of Openness; Critical Point of View: A Wikipedia Reader (with Geert Lovink); Digital Light (with Sean Cubitt and Daniel Palmer) and The MoneyLab Reader (with Geert Lovink and Patricia De Vries, forthcoming 2015). He is currently PI on the ESRC funded project, ‘Interrogating the Dashboard’.

Hybrid Publishing Lab: In your research of Wikipedia, have you been confronted with open access as a ‘messy’ subject? Continue Reading…

post-digital-scholar-2014 From 11th to 14th November 2014 the Post Digital Scholar Conference in Lüneburg brings together the library community, the scientific community and other stakeholder groups affected by the changes in scholarly communication. For three days, publishers, researchers, programmers, designers, artists, and entrepreneurs will discuss how research and publishing in the humanities have changed over the past decade. The conference will explore new tools for gathering knowledge, examine platforms for multimedia publishing, or collaborative writing experiments.

The final conference program including nine sessions and three workshops is now available here and you can still register for the conference here.

Dr. Thomas Stäcker is deputy director of the Herzog August library in Wolfenbüttel and head of the new media department. His fields of expertise cover new media, the digitalization of literary inheritance, digital editions as well as library and book history. He is also a member of the steering committee of “Digital Humanities im deutschsprachigen Raum ( DHd)”.

Hybrid Publishing Lab: As a librarian you not only deal with books and search engines for literature; what recent changes do you see in scholarly communication and production, and how do they relate to the role of the library? Continue Reading…

For whoever wants to get a head-start on Open Access Week, the what, why and how of open access is explained here, where you will find a full summary and history of open access, its different license options and infrastructure.

By the way: The Hybrid Publishing Lab is co-organising an event “Why Open Access matters” for the upcoming Open Access Week 2014 at the Leuphana University. You find more Infromation here (in german only).

Wall Street analysts say open access has failed due to lack of focus. The LSE blog says this analysis might be what makes open access succeed. Curt Rice suggests ways in which universities and publishing need to take leadership to make open access strategies successful. Read in full here.

Thinking about buying a crowdfunded 3D printer? Not so fast, says a recent article on Gigaom. Signe Brewster and Biz Carston added up the details on 67 successfully crowdfunded 3D printers via kickstarter and indiegogo. Look at numbers and flowcharts here.

Apple was recently granted a patent for a flexible display that can be used as a self-updating digital newspaper. While this sounds like we might soon all be reading the iNews, an article in the business insider reminds us that Apple has lots of patents, just because. Look at the article and details to Apple’s patent filing here.

Harvard University now wants their scientific publications to be all open access. According to the Guardian Harvard University encourages faculty members to make their research freely available through open access journals, rather than using those with paywalls. The reason for this is that the university itself does not seem to be able to keep up with the rising costs of subscription journals. Read the full article here.

Telegraph Media Group has restructured its editorial operations, focusing on digital content, which in future will constitute the backbone of all printed editions of the daily telegraph. This simplifies editorial processes and goes into and beyond concepts of “digital first”. Read how this changes the work of journalists here.