It has been a great start at the Post-Digital Scholar Conference – Day 1. If you missed day two or the whole conference, you can review the event in our second part of favorite #pdsc14 pickings – and don’t miss the outtakes on the bottom of this post: Continue Reading…

post-digital-scholar-conference-logo-o-leuphanaBefore I go into the first part of the Twitter Review of the Post-Digital Scholar Conference – Day 1, I’d like to thank everyone that joined this event. The Conference was certainly not my first conference this year, but it was (not surprisingly) one of my favorite.

But lets start with our favorite pickings of the first conference day – and don’t miss the outtakes on the bottom of this post or the other Reviews: Continue Reading…

Publishing between Open Access, Piracy and Public Spheres: New media is dead! Long live new media! 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.

Participants will focus on the interplay between pixels and print, and discuss open and closed modes of knowledge, in order to seek out what this elusive thing could be: post-digital knowledge.

You can download the conference poster here and the final program (PDF) here.

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Jonas LiepmannJonas Liepmann is the founder of iversity. He studied cultural studies at the Humboldt-University, Berlin as well as comparative literary sciences at the Freie Universität Berlin. During his studies he developed the concept of iversity, for which he earned the financial support of EXIST – Gründen aus der Wissenschaft as well as of the EU, the state Brandenburg and private capital investors. Since the end of 2013 iversity offers MOOCs that have attracted more than 500.000 registered users to the platform.

Hybrid Publishing Lab: Are you working on anything at the moment that relates to our conference on post-digital scholarship or did you come across something interesting lately that deals with that topic? Continue Reading…

LandgrebeJonathan Landgrebe studied in Göttingen, Lyon, Berkeley and Munich and obtained his Ph.D. in Munich in field of economics, political sciences and law. In 2001 Jonathan joined the Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM), an interdisciplinary institute of LMU and TU Munich, to build up CDTM as a research institution and study program in digital technology management and entrepreneurship and became co-founder of a company in the converging field of digital publishing. His passion for books and literature and his experience in digital publishing made Jonathan join Suhrkamp, where he has been Managing Director since 2008. His work focuses on literature as well as non-fiction. He also he took over responsibilities for digital publishing at Suhrkamp.

Hybrid Publishing Lab: As part of the managing board you are in charge of the department of New Media. Will New Media decide the fate of publishers, or is the printed book here to stay? Continue Reading…

Open Access Irony Award Library

Bodó Balázs, is an economist and piracy researcher at the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam. His academic interests include copyright and economics, piracy, media regulation, peer-to-peer communities, underground libraries, digital archives, and informal media economies. His recent book is on the role of P2P piracy in the Hungarian cultural ecosystem.

HPL: What is the impact but also the potential of piracy in our society?
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NECSUS Starts Open Access Crowdsourcing Campaign

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, 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