culture machineGary Hall is a critical theorist working on politics, philosophy, and new media technologies. He is a professor of Media and Performing Arts at the School of Art and Design, Director of the Centre for Disruptive Media at Coventry University, UK, and visiting professor at the Hybrid Publishing Lab, Leuphana University. He has also been part of several outstanding publishing projects, among others he is the co-founder of the open access journal Culture Machine (in 1999), and the co-founder of Open Humanities Press, the first open access publisher dedicated to critical and cultural theory.

Hybrid Publishing Lab: Your projects set the example of what is possible in publishing. Still, a lot of academics don’t make use of the potential new technology offers. What do you think keeps them from making use of it? Continue Reading…

Florian Cramer is an applied research professor and director of Creating 010, the research centre affiliated to Willem de Kooning Academy and Piet Zwart Institute at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. He also works for WORM, a Rotterdam-based venue for DIY avant-garde culture.

Hybrid Publishing Lab: What recent changes do you see within the intersection of DIY culture and hybrid publishing? Continue Reading…

Cornelius Puschmann is acting professor of communication science at Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen and research associate at the Institute for “Informations- und Bibliothekswissenschaft” (IBI) at the Humboldt University Berlin. His interests cover computer-mediated communication, open science, ethnic and methodical questions around the use of data in the humanities.

Hybrid Publishing Lab: At the Humboldt University you are leading a DFG project that deals with informal digital communications between scientists. What motivates academics to use these forms of communication?  Continue Reading…

Nature Communications has announced today that from 20th October onwards it will solely accept open access research submissions in a bid to demonstrate how quality research can progress without paywalls. Read the press release here.

The American Physical Society (APS) and The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) jointly announce a partnership to make all CERN-authored articles published in the APS journal collection to be Open Access. The press release on the APS site states an increase of commitment to open access. However, Hontas Farmer has compiled a rather critical view of the seemingly good news on science 2.0. Read her analysis here.

The Open Access Button has joined with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Creative Commons and the Right to Research Coalition to launch a petition in support of Diego Gomez who currently faces up to eight years in prison for posting research results online for those who would not otherwise have a way to access them. If you want to support Diego Gomez, sign the petition here.

The British Library and the Institute for scientific and technical information (Inist-CNRS) have collaborated to provide a multidisciplinary repository for European grey literature called OpenGrey. It is meant to improve access to documents dating back to 2003. Read the press release here.

“Are we trading quality for affordability?” asks Andrea Hacker in a post on her blog. The article takes a critical look at Open Access Gold and asks, whether format is everything and if editing might be left behind. Read the full text here.

Somebody has to pay the cost of publishing peer-reviewed essays in scientific journals, says the Guardian’s John Abraham. Deciding who that should be is the part where things get tricky. Read Abraham’s guidelines for deciding who should carry the cost of publishing here.

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).

Hybrid Publishing Lab: What topics are you currently concerned with in your work or research? Continue Reading…

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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