Thinking about Digital Publishing

Some implications of "digital" for academic publishing

What is digital reading?

A humble SD card that holds 512GB – enough digital reading for years to come

This week Scholarly Kitchen contains yet another post that emphasises what we lose when we read digitally, by an author, Karin Wulf, an academic historian, whose writing I usually find …

What exactly is data science?

I was describing my professional activity to a friend in the industry the other day, and they said “what you do is data science!” That was news to me, as I hadn’t heard the term applied to text analytics before. My suspicion was confirmed when …

The paradox at the heart of Substack

The growth of Substack has got people talking, not least, the financial media, always in search of the next startup to go viral:

  • Is Substack the media future we want? (FT, January 4, 2021)
  • How newsletters are making big bucks from your inbox (FT, December

The Book of Why: the problem of causality

Judea Pearl’s The Book of Why (co-authored with science journalist Dana Mackenzie) (2018) is a tantalising read. For the initial premiss of the book, I am convinced by Pearl’s description of the limitations of current tools, particularly in statistics. He describes three levels of causation:…

Artificial Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction (Margaret Boden, 2016)

I’m a great admirer of the Very Short Introductions: clear, concise outlines of a topic by an expert in the field. Well, this book is certainly very short, but how good is it as an introduction?  Readers hoping for a good exposition of present-day AI …

How exhibition catalogues are organised

Nicolaes Maes, Vertumnus and Pomona, c.1655, not in the exhibition catalogue (but who knows?)

When creating a digital collection of textual content, some attempt is made to structure the individual texts in a standard way. After all, every journal article has a title, an abstract, …

What do we really miss with online conferences and events?

For the entirety of my career in publishing, there have been regular events that punctuate regular work. For weeks or months you trudged to the company office, but then you were given a moment of freedom to meet others and to network. Suddenly, in March …

R2R 2021: How to replicate interactivity online

A screenshot created using Miro

This was never going to be a pale imitation of earlier iterations of this conference. Mark Carden has always set his stall out to provide more interactivity than in other conferences. The standard format of workshops, debates, interviews, and chat …

The Literature of the Book

Only John Dove could fit not one, but three main topics in a presentation timed at six minutes and 40 seconds (at the Charleston Conference, 2013). I’ll just look at one of those topics, learning about the profession of publishing. John glowingly refers to a …

Do publishers provide what researchers need?

Tesla charging station (image from Tesla promotional site)

I was shocked by a Scholarly Kitchen post this week (Roger Schonfeld, “Publishers Still Don’t Prioritize Researchers”, January 26, 2021), not for what the article stated, but for the response from the community.

Perhaps …

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