Digitize This Book! The Politics of New Media, or Why We Need Open Access Now

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    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationMinnesota, USA
    PublisherUniversity of Minnesota Press
    ISBN (Print)978-0-8166-4871-9
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

    Publication series

    NameElectronic Mediations
    PublisherUniversity of Minnesota Press

    Bibliographical note

    Author's note: This peer-reviewed monograph is published in Minnesota University Press’ prestigious Electronic Mediations series, edited N. Katherine Hayles, Mark Poster and Samuel Weber. It is the first ever research monograph to be written on open access from an arts and humanities perspective. It examines the way the shift from print to digital media is affecting ideas of academic research and publishing. The open access publication and archiving of the scholarly research literature had been taken up and championed primarily by those in the scientific, technical and medical fields. The innovative aim of this book is to demonstrate the relevance of open access for those in the arts and humanities involved in the study of media and culture. This is achieved by taking as a case study the development of an actual open access repository for media and cultural studies research. Called CSEARCH (http://arc.tees.ac.uk/VLE/DOMAIN/CSEARCH/TABS/About.asp), this project was initiated and devised by the author and launched in March 2006. At the time of writing it was the only such subject-based open access archive specifically for cultural studies and critical theory in the world. Interest in the research contained in this monograph is indicated by the 2010 Visiting Fellowship on the ‘Future University’ awarded in The Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge; and the invitations received to give talks at internationally excellent institutions including Humbolt University, Berlin, Australian National University, Canberra, and the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, Columbia University, New York; as well as keynotes and plenary lectures at prestigious international conferences such as Repository Fringe 2011, University of Edinburgh Informatics Forum; and 2009 Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing, Lund University, organised by the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association.

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