Supporting Multimodal Projects

How can libraries/academic publishers support scholars doing multi-modal projects (things that can't be published on paper)?

  • peer review
  • editing support
  • open access
  • tenure

Examples of projects, ideas for standards, discussion of what scholars (particularly DH scholars) need from publishers

Also video publishing:

  • Have you done it?
  • Expertise: the folks with knowledge in a field are unlikely to aslo be able to make a film about it
  • Workflows: how do you keep it from being too infleible?
  • Presentation:
    • chapters?
    • closed captions?
    • viewer annotations?

Acronyms: should we use different criteria

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Networked Books

What are they?

Are they a good thing?

Are they inevitable?

Who wants them?

mutlimodal, Open Access, etc.

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Financial sustainability for OA publications

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Aggregating and Curating Scholarship on the Open Web: The Why and How (Talk and Play Session)

Aggregating and curating scholarship from, or on, the open web. Is it possible? Why should we do it? And how? Let's get together to discuss and play with this approach to publishing.

Aggregating and curating web content can be a way to identify new projects for formal publication, distribute work related to your own area of expertise, or share important information within a community. We can talk about the why, and then move on to the how. What is the range of sources and various models? What tools are available?

For the play component, I can demonstrate and provide access to a sandbox with our new PressForward plugin ( , which offers an RSS Reader, collaborative editorial tools, and the ability to republish from within a WordPress dashboard. And if there's interest and time, we can choose some RSS feeds and new content in order to create our own curated publication during the session.

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Can you think of anything fun and hackery to do with full-ish text of 197 trade books from these authors? Let's use the HarperCollins BookSmash competition as a jumping-off point for brainstorming.

  • Rob Bell
  • Ian Douglas
  • Debra Driza
  • Peter Drucker
  • Bruce Feiler
  • Jeaniene Frost
  • Michelle Gagnon
  • Kim Harrison
  • Eloisa James
  • Richard Kadrey
  • Karen Le Billon
  • C.S. Lewis
  • Sarah MacLean
  • Julia Quinn
  • James Rollins
  • Tina Seelig
  • Katie Sise
  • Kat Von D
  • Dan Wells

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Workshop: Let’s Make a (Book) Deal

I'm willing to offer a free hands-on workshop on how to use PressBooks, an open-source tool that transforms WordPress content into publications for print and digital devices, including PDF, web-book, Mobi (for Kindle), and ePUB (for iBooks, Nook, etc.) 

Anyone interested in this session may register ahead of time for a free account at
and ideally, bring a laptop or tablet, or share with another person who has one.

In addition to walking participants through the steps of creating & exporting their own books with PressBooks, I can also share more about:
– how to pair CommentPress and PressBooks for a WordPress-based developmental editing & publishing workflow
– requirements for installing both tools on your own self-hosted site
– how Anvil Academic will offer these tools to authors for open-access, peer-reviewed scholarly publishing
– how to suggest improvements to the developers of CommentPress and PressBooks
Learn more at

So what's the deal? In exchange for this free workshop, I'd ask participants to visit and comment on our digital book-in-progress, Web Writing: Why & How for Liberal Arts Teaching & Learning. This open-access edited volume explores why & how faculty and students use web-based authoring, annotating, and publishing tools in the liberal arts, and demonstrates a case example of CommentPress and PressBooks. Call for Participation for the Idea & Essay Proposal phase (200-300 words) ends on June 22nd, 2013, but full drafts (1,000-4,000 words) are not due until August 15th. The Center for Teaching & Learning at Trinity College will award $300 subventions to 5 outstanding proposals, with preference given to authors in greater financial need (e.g. students or faculty not in full-time, tenure-track positions). Learn about our editorial process and timeline for the Fall 2013 open peer review and freely-accessible digital publication, possibly with a scholarly press, at:

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Collaborative scholarly publishing initiatives

I'd love to get together and discuss models for collaborative scholarly publishing initiatives, like those that have been established at places like Michigan, Indiana, and Penn State. How are such collaborations structured? How do these collaborations change the nature of work that the participants (e.g., press staff, librarians) do? How do these collaborations change the missions of the involved organizations? What type of infrastructure is necessary to go the way of collaboration for publishing endeavors at a specific university? How do you rally support for such an initiative? How are tech assets roped in and funded? 

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I'm interested in learning how various publishing operations—large and small, academic and trade—handle the production process from after a manuscript is handed off from acquisitions till you send it to the printer or make a digital product available.

What parts of the process do you do in house, and what parts are handled by freelancers or vendors?  Do you review the work done by outside parties, and if so, do you review exhaustively or only sample the work to check for quality?

At what stages do you involve the author/editor?  Do any freelancers or vendors interact with authors/editors directly, or do you always mediate the communication?

Note that I have a morning flight and will arrive late to the planning session, but hopefully this gives you enough to go on.

Here's how we do things, as an example:

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Preparing for THATCamp Publishing

If you’ve never been to an un-conference before, it can be a little intimidating. You might feel lost without a fixed program, but never fear!

Here is what you can expect:

  • You and all the other attendees will be proposing sessions, either via a blog post on this site, or in person on June 19
  • THATCamps are informal! Your organizers will be wearing T-shirts and jeans, and you are welcome to do so as well.
  • This is a social and collegial event: you will be able to meet and speak with everyone — publishers, authors, editors, production specialists, developers, faculty, students, and librarians. We’ll have introductions at the beginning, a group lunch outside, and the opportunity to give a 3 minuteĀ Dork Short on something you are working on or thinking about
  • You can choose your own adventure. We have a Law of Two Feet: you can always move to another session, with no hurt feelings allowed.
  • You can have something to show at the end of the day: participatory making or playing is encouraged. Is there a new software program you’ve been meaning to try? A resource or documentation you’ve been meaning to produce? Do you have an idea and want to write out a spec or scope? You can propose a session, or peel away and work in a smaller group.

Don’t forget to check out the website for new proposals, review the logistics so you know where to go, check out How to Prepare to Attend an Unconference by Kaliya Hamlin from if you’d like more advice, and invite your colleagues and people you’d like to meet — we still have space for more registrations!

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