Publishing Makerspace: Adventures in Publishing

Publishing Makerspace:  Adventures in Publishing
Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative and Mellon Faculty Book Manuscript Workshop Program


12:30 – 12:45             
Lunch service

12:45 – 1:15               
Introduction to Publishing Makerspace, including Q&A

1:15 – 2:30                 
Brief workshops on digital/multimodal research projects
* We are currently inviting scholars to participate in the workshops.  If you are interested in bringing your project for discussion, please contact Sylvia Miller.

This event (including workshop portion) is open to any interested faculty and students (whether one's project is being discussed or not). To sign up, please click here

First forged in the 2014 Scholarly Communications Institute, the simple but radical Publishing Makerspace workshop provides a new approach to generating the multimodal scholarship that is being produced today. We seek to integrate the traditional book and article writing process within a larger publishing ecosystem that includes other outputs such as archives of raw data,  online community resources, digital artifacts, visualizations, and alternative modes of presentation.

Publishing Makerspace embraces the work of digital librarians, archivists, experts in mapping and visualization, data miners, designers, editors, software developers, and others in a collaborative spirit of content creation, developing a holistic approach to publication that provides a space for experimentation and expansion. The aim is to stimulate development of these collaborative relationships and authoriship, and ultimately leading to the redefinition of scholarly publishing asin a more expansive and integrated ecosystem of modes and formats.

In this session, members of the Publishing Makerspace working group will describe the genesis of their idea for a replicable workshop that would encourage scholars, librarians, publishers, technologists, and everyone who has a stake in scholarly communication to consider new modes of working together. Next—in a first for the group—they will take the idea for a test run through discussions of some multimodal projects currently in development.  Scholars whose projects are in the planning/proposal stages will offer lightning presentations of their work and participate in a brief discussion of intended audiences, planned modes and, tools, potential outputs, and possible ways of integrating processes and outcomes to increase efficiency of production, enrich the experience of multiple audiences, and expand the boundaries of scholarly publishing.  The audience will be invited to contribute their ideas as well; multiple perspectives and types of expertise are welcome.

The members of the Publishing Makerspace working group who will serve as the primary respondents are:

  • Courtney Berger, Senior Editor & Editorial Department Manager, Duke University Press
  • Rebecca Kennison, Principal, K|N Consultants, former Director, Center for Research and Digital Scholarship, Columbia University
  • John Martin, technologist and PhD candidate, School of Information & Library Science, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • John McLeod, Director of the Office of Scholarly Publishing Services, UNC Press
  • Sylvia Miller, Senior Program Manager, Consortium of Humanities Centers & Institutes; former Publishing Director, Routledge, and former Director of the Publishing the Long Civil Rights Movement project, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Chelcie Rowell, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Wake Forest University

The group will be supplemented by additional experts who will be assembled as appropriate to the individual projects to be discussed.

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