When talking about Open Access to technologists, developers etc. the focus quickly shifts to repositories as well as the issue of automated metadata exchange. Essentially repositories are huge document stores that allow for the systematic description of documents with metadata. Additionally contemporary repository systems like DSpace, Fedora, Opus etc. usually provide a standardized OAI-PMH interface allowing data aggregators to harvest data from the repository and to include this data into their own catalogues. That’s an important feature which comes at considerable cost with the above mentioned systems. Even though they are Open Source they are designed for huge collections of Open Access publications and are thus rather complex. Installing and maintaining them easily becomes a full time job.

For small and medium publishers in the area of Open Access DSpace and the like are just too big, too powerful, and too complicated. Thus, we searched for a different solution. And we found one. Continue Reading…

Future for the Annotation of Digital Objects

Organizer: Dr. Yuk Hui, Simon Worthington, Hybrid Publishing Lab, Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana University Lüneburg

Participants: Bob Stein (Institute for the Future of the Book, SocialBook), Christina Kral (A-machine), Claudius Teodorescu (University of Heidelberg), Andre Gaul + Nico (PaperHive), Thomas Kollatz (DARIAH), Paul-Emile Greffroy (IRI of Centre Pompidou), Johannes Wilm (Fidus Writer)

Date: 12th May (midday) – 13th May (evening)

Venue: Cent­re for Di­gi­tal Cul­tu­res, Sülz­tor­str. 21–35, 21335 Lüne­burg, 2. Floor

In the past decades, the proliferation of digital objects, the emergence of new technologies, and the globalisation of cultural objects, demand new conceptualisations and practices of annotation. Ontologies (formal ontologies, web ontologies) find their limits to fully contextualize the modes of existence of digital objects, since most of them are still derived from a narrow reflection and without considering the nature of the digital. Annotation finds its place, not only in the sense of assisting information processing and enhancing the searchability of digital objects (for the objects themselves, or in the objects), but also as interaction and concretisation of relations between the users and the objects with which they interact. This recalls us of what the ancient call Scholia, a commentary and annotation practice which finally shaped the scholiast and also the scholar. Annotation in this sense is less about classification, but closely related to learning, meaning that one learns and concretizes his or her knowledge through annotating or writing. With digital technologies, the concept of annotation has to be taken further, since it introduces semantic technologies, collaboration, sharing, recommendation. However annotation is either not taken seriously or shadowed by mere interaction, or slowly taken over by automation as in the case of Google and other semantic technologies. The workshop “Future for the annotation of digital objects”, hosted by the Hybrid Publishing Lab is an attempt to gather researchers from different disciplines, and to look into different practices and tools that have been developed and concerns which have yet to be resolved.

This two days workshop is an occasion to discuss further collaborations among researchers. We will invite international researchers who are working in the field to participate in this workshop, to map the current state of affairs and to look at different approaches to annotation of digital objects. The second aim of the workshop will be to discuss the challenges ahead and to figure out an agenda for development and for collaboration.


Noon – 19H, 12th May

Presentation of individual projects (20 minutes + 10 minutes discussion)
13:15 Introduction: Yuk Hui + Simon Worthington
13:45 -14:15 Simon Worthington + Christina Kral (A-machine)
14:15 -14:45 Claudius Teodorescu (Heidelberg)
14:45 – 15:15 Andre Gaul + Nico (PaperHive)

15:15 – 15:45 Coffee Break

15:45 – 16:15 Thomas Kollatz (DARIAH)
16:15 – 16:45 Paul-Emile Greffroy (IRI of Centre Pompidou)
16:45 – 17:15 Johannes Wilm (Fidus Writer)
Coffee Break 15 Minutes
17:30 – 18:30 Questions and Challenges
19:00 Dinner

10H – 17H, 13th May
10:00 – 11:00 Retake on Questions and Challenges from the last day
11:00 – 12:30 Bob Stein Lecture
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 16:30 Addressing Problems, Challenges, Collaborations

Inquiries: Dr. Yuk HUI, yuk.hui[a] Simon Worthington, simon[a]
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Otlet diagramBook Remixing #03 is the third in a series of workshops for designing and making new types of hybrid books. The hybrid book, or unbound book, is an experiment to investigate what happens once the book is free of its current form of a printed book and usable in multiple and malleable digital forms. Continue Reading…

The Digital Humanities have established their place in the humanities and are inspiring new research questions, approaches and discoveries. The following film introduces innovative projects from differend Humanities disciplines, shows the role if infrastructure institutions such as libraries and provides an overview of academic options and the active community.

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 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.



mercedes-bunz-christian-heise-future-bookAn interview on the future of the book with Dr. Mercedes Bunz and Christian Heise, who are researchers in the Hybrid Publishing Lab and part of the EU project Innovation Incubator at the Centre for Digital Cultures at Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Continue Reading…

Christof Schöch of SocialScienceSpace looks at five collaborative writing tools for academics and how they fit the needs of the modern researcher.

The reviewed tools range from the “lowest common denominator” Google Drive to FidusWriter, a tool loaded with features for academics.

You can read the full review here.

What are some of the tools you use for your collaborative writing projects? Share your thoughts and links in the comments.

ojs_plus_wordpressThere is a way to synchronize a WordPress Blog with an Open Journal System (OJS) through the OJS REST API. Here you can find instructions on how to enable this function and how to import the articles as WordPress posts. In the end you can use your OJS content with some of our favorite WordPress features. Continue Reading…

European MOOCs

European MOOCs

On then 26 September the European Commission launched the web portal project ‘Open Education Europa‘.

The portal is a gateway for information and research on Open Education Resources and MOOCs.

The project is part of a wider programme of digital up-skilling in schools and universities across Europe called Opening up Education.

You can also follow the project on Twitter @OpenEduEU

Last Friday, a concluding workshop by the DFG-funded project Funktionaler Ausbau von und Mehrwertdienste für “Open Journal Systems”/Functional Upgrading of and Added Value Services for “Open Journal Systems” – or “” for short – took place in Berlin.

With almost 15.000 iojs-berlin-13-9-20nstallations, OJS is the most frequently used software for the management of Open Access journals worldwide. The one-day workshop, which was attended by about 40 librarians, editors, software developers and scholars from all over Germany, gave an overview about the adjustments and enhancements for German journals developed by the Center für Digitale Systeme/Centre for Digital Systems at Berlin’s FU in collaboration with the Public Knowledge Project.

During her presentation, software developer Bozana Bokan introduced a couple of useful plugins for various areas:

Bokan finished by showcasing some elements of the public alpha version of OJS 3.0 which was released in mid-August. The new version represents a major rewrite of OJS to take advantage of the technologies that were pioneered in Open Monograph Press 1.0. It is planned for 2014.

In order to stay current, visit the support forums for the Public Knowledge Project or the German OJS discussion forum.

A specimen sheet of typefaces and languages, by William Caslon I

A tribute to St Brides, the event venue and type library. English: A specimen sheet of typefaces and languages, by William Caslon I, letter founder; from the 1728

An exciting publishing conference takes place in London on the 24th September called Publish! The event is organised by Media Futures and is in partnership with REACT, both media research organisations. Media Futures ran a similar event in July 2012, ‘Publish! New Players, New Innovations‘ which showcased an interesting set of digital and multimedia publishing project. REACT ran an innovations prototyping programme exploring new forms of digital publishing in early 2013, called Books and Print Sandbox.

If you happen to be in London on the 24th then pop along to the St Brides venue off Fleet Street. Alternatively you can follow the event on Twitter or via the event portal Lanyrd.

The event programme can be found here

HyperImage 3 Reader (Logo)We are pleased to announce the release of the HyperImage Reader v3.0.beta-1 as a public beta:


We invite you to submit feature requests and bug reports via our Dev Center (after free registration) to help us improve the HyperImage experience.

The HyperImage Reader is used to publish projects compiled with the HyperImage Editor.

Features include:

  • the interactive display of image-based media elements (views, layers, groups and light tables),
  • the meaningful assignment of texts (metadata, annotations and transcriptions),
  • and the provision of interactive functions.

Its main functions consist in retracing project-specific structures set up by the HyperImage author. Cross-references can be followed up by clicking on marked areas in images or on text links.

Particular features of the HyperImage Reader include various navigation aids (back references, logs, bookmarks, etc.), the search function and an editor for light tables. Light tables are collections of images, thumbnails, enlarged details and written annotations, applied for example when providing comments in image comparisons. Such light tables can be exported and then integrated in HyperImage projects with the help of the HyperImage Editor.

This is a complete re-implementation using HTML5 and JavaScript technologies allowing for a modern viewing experience without needing any plug-ins (i.e. Adobe Flash) and enabling the application to directly work on mobile devices.

The data is based on an XML meta-language. The HyperImage Editor exports the structures, metadata and texts in an XML format. This XML file is prepared by a converter for use in the HyperImage Reader. The format works without the need for a database. To publish a project it is therefore sufficient to load the converted HyperImage project as a data package on to a web server or burn it on to a CD-ROM.

For further information about the free Open-Source software HyperImage please visit our Website.