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Innovation in Scholarly Book Publishing: Reimagining the Digital Monograph - SSP 2017

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Monographs are increasingly making the print-to-digital shift that journals started twenty years ago, but many online platforms for monographs arguably do not take full advantage of the digital environment. In October 2016, JSTOR Labs, an experimental platform development group at JSTOR, convened a group of scholars, librarians, and publishers to unpack the design issues around the presentation of digital monographs. The group proposed a set of principles for reimagining the presentation of monographs in order to improve the user experience and increase the value of ebooks to scholars and students. This talk introduces that project, and then leads the audience through a similar design-thinking exercise to brainstorm new ways to help researchers authoring and researching scholarly books. Last, the presentation included audience-participation voting on four potential follow-on projects. These slides show the results of that voting.

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Innovation in Scholarly Book Publishing: Reimagining the Digital Monograph - SSP 2017

  1. 1. REIMAGINING THE DIGITAL MONOGRAPH SSP 2017 Preconference: Innovation in Scholarly Book Publishing May 31, 2017 @abhumphreys Alex Humphreys, JSTOR Labs
  2. 2. ITHAKA is a not-for-profit organization that helps the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways. JSTOR is a not-for-profit digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources. Ithaka S+R is a not-for-profit research and consulting service that helps academic, cultural, and publishing communities thrive in the digital environment. Portico is a not-for-profit preservation service for digital publications, including electronic journals, books, and historical collections. Artstor provides 2+ million high-quality images and digital asset management software to enhance scholarship and teaching.
  3. 3. JSTOR Labs works with partner publishers, libraries and labs to create tools for researchers, teachers and students that are immediately useful – and a little bit magical.
  4. 4. labs.jstor.org/monograph REIMAGINING THE MONOGRAPH
  5. 5. labs.jstor.org/topicgraph TOPICGRAPH Understand at a glance the topics covered in a book. Jump straight to pages about topics you’re researching.
  6. 6. WHITE PAPER Currently released as a draft for comment Describes the project, process & prototype Includes 13 principles to consider when reimagining the monograph To be released June 12, 2017 labs.jstor.org/monograph
  7. 7. NOW IT’S YOUR TURN
  8. 8. WHAT’S AN IDEA JAM* AND WHY WOULD I WANT ONE? • A structured brainstorming activity • You don’t want to decide too quickly what you’re doing • The more ideas you generate, the more you have to choose from * Also called a Design Jam, or a Design Studio, or many other things.
  9. 9. STEP 1: UNDERSTAND THE USER
  10. 10. STEP 2: GENERATE IDEAS! Activity: 8 x 8’s Work individually Draw 8 ideas in 8 minutes Share your ideas (usually: rinse, repeat) Guidelines: • You must draw! • If stuck, go back to the user • Don’t worry… - about feasibility - whether it’s a good idea
  11. 11. TABLE ASSIGNMENTS 1 As a writer, I want to author books that represent my research and perspective. 2 As a fellow scholar, I want to provide a review of a book that helps the original author, the editor and the broader community. 3 As a researcher, I want to find books that are relevant to my research interests without being overwhelmed by ”the firehose.” 4 As a researcher, I want to read books in a way that aligns with my research practices.
  12. 12. STEP 3: AGREE ON IDEAS FOR FURTHER EXPLORATION Activity: Dot-voting Everyone gets 3 dot-stickers Put your stickers next to the ideas that most excite you
  13. 13. WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
  14. 14. DEMOCRACY IN ACTION! Vote here: PollEv.com/jstorlabs
  15. 15. THE “BOOK AS GATEWAY”
  16. 16. THE “BOOK DASHBOARD”
  17. 17. THE “SCHOLARLY READER”
  18. 18. THE “CITATION MIXER”
  19. 19. Thank you Alex Humphreys Director, JSTOR Labs ITHAKA labs.jstor.org @abhumphreys alex.humphreys@ithaka.org Further Reading • The Lean Startup, Eric Ries • Business Model Generation & Value Proposition Design, Osterwalder et al. • Marty Cagan’s Blog: svpg.com/articles • Running Lean & Scaling Lean, Ash Maurya • Sprint, Knapp, Zeratsky, & Kowitz
  20. 20. APPENDIX (OPEN IN CASE OF NO INTERNET CONNECTION)

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