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 eUnter.net 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

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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.

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Swiss National Science Foundation announces OAPEN-CH pilot project

Can Open Access save the scholarly monograph? Scholarly monographs, long the gold standard for scholars in the humanities and social sciences, have been in a downward spiral for some time. Might Knowledge Unlatched, under the direction of Manchester University Press CEO Frances Pinter, finally offer hope for a turnaround? Read Michael Kelley’s report on Frances Pinter’s OA initiative here.

After Scholarly Kitchen published an article on new confusion arising with the CC-BY license standards, a discussion arose on the usage of CC-BY and corporate recycling of data. Read the full post plus comments here.

PLOS has done research on the widespread reluctance to share research data with scientific communities. The hypotheses that authors fear reanalysis may expose errors in their work or may produce conclusions that contradict their own. Read about their findings here.

The third OA Tools Meeting by the Open Access Toolset Alliance happened recently. The minutes of the meeting have been made available here.

Recent moves by established journals to make research papers freely available signpost the direction of travel in academic publishing. The Guardian has published an article on research releases in digital times. Read the full post here.

The collective papers of Albert Einstein have been made open access. Where? Here!


Photos are shot by Hannes Harnack and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

The Team of the Hybrid Publishing Lab at the Post-Digital Scholar Conference 2014

The Team of the Hybrid Publishing Lab at the Post-Digital Scholar Conference 2014

The con­fe­rence “Post-Di­gi­tal Scho­lar: Pu­blis­hing bet­ween Open Ac­cess, Pi­ra­cy and the Pu­blic Sphe­re” tur­ned in a good score­card with nine ses­si­ons, three work­shops, about 130 par­ti­ci­pants and 950 tweets. Or­ga­ni­zed by the Hy­brid Pu­blis­hing Lab, the con­fe­rence took place in Lüne­burg from 12 to 14 No­vem­ber 2014. In this re­port you can read more about the to­pics dis­cus­sed by in­ter­na­tio­nal scho­lars, pu­blis­hers, re­se­ar­chers, pro­gramm­ers, ar­tists and busi­ness ma­na­gers. Pu­blis­hers, en­tre­pre­neurs, li­bra­ri­ans, ar­tists and scho­lars came to­ge­ther in the Lüne­burg Mu­sic School from 12 to 14 No­vem­ber 2014 to dis­cuss the chal­len­ges and chan­ces for scho­lar­ly com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on in the di­gi­tal age. How are the wri­ting of aca­de­mic texts and the book for­mat chan­ging? What role should li­bra­ries play in the fu­ture? How can the de­mand for open ac­cess to scho­lar­ship be sa­tis­fied in an eco­no­mi­cal and aca­de­mi­cal­ly re­s­pon­si­ble way? And how can tra­di­tio­nal aca­de­mic pu­blis­hing hou­ses keep pace with the­se de­ve­lop­ments? The­se ques­ti­ons and others were in­ten­se­ly dis­cus­sed and so­me­ti­mes hot­ly de­ba­ted in nine pa­nels and three work­shops at the con­fe­rence “The Post-Di­gi­tal Scho­lar: Pu­blis­hing bet­ween Open Ac­cess, Pi­ra­cy, and the Pu­blic Sphe­re”. Continue Reading…

What is a post-digital scholar?

Guest —  November 26, 2014 — 1 Comment

post-digital-scholar-conference-2014-hybrid-publishingThis is the first blog entry of a #pdsc14 review series on the Post-Digital Scholar Conference 2014 written by Luca Brenneckea, Student of the Leuphana University.

Everything is becoming Digital. MP3 crushed the vinyl record, YouTube obsoleted the DVD, and now the Kindle is scaring bookshops, publishers and authors alike. As the ephemerality of the Digital is disrupting the analog world order, there’s hardly any realm of our lives that is not at the brink of deep transformation. So is the case with academia. Once the pillar of Truth, the secularized religion of the 20th century, the archaic walls of academia are being sieged from from all sides. Continue Reading…

Academic publishing can free itself from its outdated path dependence by looking to alternative review mechanisms.

The last day of the Post-Digital Scholar Conference is over. Thanks to everyone who joined our #pdsc14 conference. It was thought provoking and inspiring conference and we had a great time! If you missed the conference, you can review the event in our third part of favorite #pdsc14 pickings – and don’t miss the outtakes on the bottom of this post or the other reviews: Continue Reading…

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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