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Building a Collaboration for Digital Publishing

Presentation for the "New Collaborations in Digital Publishing" panel at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) 2015 meeting.

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Building a Collaboration for Digital Publishing

  1. 1. Building a Collaboration for Digital Publishing HARRIETT GREEN UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN ASALH, SEPTEMBER 25, 2015
  2. 2. Print and the digital in scholarship “While in the past we might have thought of the scholarly record as consisting primarily of text-based materials like journals and monographs, today the cohort of materials over which the scholarly record can potentially extend has expanded dramatically, to include research data sets, computer models, interactive programs, complex visualizations, lab notebooks, and a host of other materials.” OCLC, The Evolving Scholarly Record
  3. 3. What is Scholarly Communications? “The system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use. The system includes both formal means of communication, such as publication in peer-reviewed journals, and informal channels, such as electronic listservs.” Association for College and Research Libraries
  4. 4. Digital publishing: What Is It? Use of multi-media tools and digital technologies to publish content in digital form Elizabeth Povinelli, “Digital Futures,” Vectors Journal (2011) http://vectorsjournal.or g/issues/6/povinelli/07/
  5. 5. Digital Publishing: Background  Emergence of the Internet  possibility for open, accessible scholarly literature  Early initiatives: ArXiV, BioMed Central, PubMed Science  Budapest Open Access Initiative, 2002  Berlin Declaration of Open Access, 2003
  6. 6. Open Access “The old tradition is the willingness of scientists and scholars to publish the fruits of their research in scholarly journals without payment, for the sake of inquiry and knowledge. The new technology is the internet. The public good they make possible is the world-wide electronic distribution of the peer- reviewed journal literature and completely free and unrestricted access to it by all scientists, scholars, teachers, students, and other curious minds.” Budapest Open Access Initiative
  7. 7. Open Access and the Humanities “Open-access scholarship has the potential to reach a broad spectrum of potentially interested publics. We in the humanities often resist opening our work to these publics, however, fearing the consequences of such openness…. The problem, of course, is that the more we close our work away from the public and the more we refuse to engage in dialogue across the boundaries of the academy, the more we undermine that public’s willingness to fund our research and our institutions.” Kathleen Fitzpatrick (2013)
  8. 8. Why consider digital publishing? “Increasing the discoverability of scholarly work on the web, making it available to a broader readership, is a good thing, not just for the individual scholar but for the entirety of the field in which he or she works.” Kathleen Fitzpatrick (2013)
  9. 9. Digital Publishing Platforms  Omeka  Scalar  Wordpress  Custom-built
  10. 10. Open Access Publications PLoS One Digital Humanities Quarterly
  11. 11. Institutional Repositories  Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)  Student and faculty publications  “Gray Literature” (e.g., conference proceedings, white papers, reports)  Datasets
  12. 12. Digital Publishing: What do you need? Expertise Technology Buy-In
  13. 13. Expertise Librarians in:  Digital Humanities/Digital Scholarship  Scholarly Communications  Digital Curation  And many more! Digital Scholarship Centers  Scholarly Commons  Media Commons  Educational Technology Centers
  14. 14. Scholarly Commons University of Illinois Library “The Scholarly Commons is a technology enriched space for faculty, researchers, and graduate students to pursue research and receive expert copyright, data, digital humanities, digitization, scholarly communications, and usability consultation services.” 14
  15. 15. Who Is in the Scholarly Commons? Experts and Librarians in:  Data services  Scholarly publishing and copyright  Geographic Information Systems (GIS)  Digital Humanities  Instructional services  Web usability lab 15
  16. 16. Campus Partnerships • Graduate College • Survey Research Lab • Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning • Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (I-CHASS) • Research Data Services • Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities 16
  17. 17. Technology and Infrastructure  What are your goals for digital publishing?  What kind of technology support is available to you?  What kind of functionality and features do you want?
  18. 18. Many Options…
  19. 19. Buy In Why should faculty and students care about digital publishing and open access?  Broad Promotion of scholarship  Higher impact  Public access to research (esp. federally funded)
  20. 20. Impact: Research Publications McKenzie Wark, “Totality for Kids,” Vectors Journal
  21. 21. Impact: Student Research
  22. 22. Impact: Networks of Scholarship Credits:
  23. 23. The Future of Scholarly Publishing in the Digital Age  Build collaborations: cross-disciplinary, multi- institutional, and international  Develop skills and expertise in new areas of digital media and publishing  Envision potential new audiences and publics
  24. 24. Citations  Budapest Open Access Initiative (2002),  Kathleen Fitzpatrick, “Giving it away: Sharing and the future of scholarly communication,” Journal of Scholarly Publishing 43 (2012): 347-362.  History 364, “Project 500”  Elizabeth Povinelli, “Digital Futures,” Vectors Journal (2011)  McKenzie Wark, “Totality for Kids,” Vectors Journal (2013),
  25. 25. THANK YOU! Harriett Green English and Digital Humanities Librarian University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Twitter: @greenharr