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Tuesday, October 28 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
Experimental Scholarly Publishing: Building New Models with Distributed Communities of Practice

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As library publishing becomes increasingly synonymous with offering traditional journal publishing services, it’s critical that libraries also engage in experimental publishing initiatives. Recent experimental publishing projects, particularly in the digital humanities, have combined basic web technologies to create a new model for aggregating, curating, and disseminating scholarly content using a process that fosters community and resource-sharing. This panel examines the innovations in scholarly publishing offered by the PressForward WordPress plugin, which fosters communities of practices through a post-publication filtering model.

The panel will provide an overview of the PressForward plugin and then discuss how different groups, particularly library groups, are adapting this model in different contexts. For example, the PressForward Project initially created the plugin to highlight and distribute informally published digital humanities scholarship and resources from the open web. Similarly, dh+lib aims to give increased presence and voice to librarians interested in digital humanities, and uses the plugin to distribute a weekly curated selection of the most relevant and timely content. And the ALCTS/LITA Metadata Standards Committee is using the plugin to create a publication for its community of practice designed to go beyond a current awareness service to fostering skill building and deeper community engagement. In examining these projects, we will reveal how the audience can replicate this model for their own library-based and scholarly publishing projects.

What questions or comments do you have about this publication model?

We’d love to hear about your experimental publishing projects: What are they? How are they experimental? What have the results been so far?

Why have your digital publishing initiatives been successful (or not), and what would you like to do to improve them?

Session Leaders
Zach Coble, New York University
Sarah Potvin, Texas A&M University
Lisa Marie Rhody, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University
Jenn Riley, McGill University
Roxanne Shirazi, CUNY Graduate Center
Stephanie Westcott, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University



Zach Coble

Digital Scholarship Specialist, New York University
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Mark Fisher

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Sarah Potvin

Digital Scholarship Librarian, Texas A&M University Libraries
Sarah Potvin is the Digital Scholarship Librarian in the Office of Scholarly Communication in the Texas A&M University Libraries. A co-founder of the dh+lib project and co-convener of the new ADHO digital humanities and libraries SIG, she is interested in the ways that libraries and... Read More →
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Lisa Marie Rhody

Associate Director of Research Projects, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University
Lisa Marie Rhody is Associate Director of Research Projects and Research Assistant Professor at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. Her research employs advanced computational methods such as topic modeling to revise existing theories of... Read More →

Jenn Riley

Associate Dean, Digital Initiatives, McGill University
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Stephanie Westcott

Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media

Tuesday October 28, 2014 10:45am - 12:15pm EDT
Conference A Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center

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