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Contours Collaborations: Border Crossings in Art and Humanities, a new journal based at Vanderbilt University and founded by Professor Robert F. Barsky, exists to center art and artistic expression in conversations about border crossings and the movement of people. “I want to explore the power of artworks to expand our understanding of what vulnerable migrants experience, and to help people relate through powerful aesthetic experiences to the process of border crossing," Barsky notes. To that end, Contours worked with artist Susan Clinard to launch its first exhibit on PubPub. The Community and exhibit were also designed by artist Lukas Eigler-Harding and produced by the PubPub Content Team. You can read more about the launch in this press release.
As part of the Collective Wisdom Project, the British Library published The Collective Wisdom Handbook: perspectives on crowdsourcing in cultural heritage for early access and community review. The book was written in two week-long book sprints by 16 collaborators from the US and the UK, brought together with funding from the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council. It serves as a wonderful example of Community Publishing in practice!
Thanks to the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mellon Foundation, a portion of the MIT Press Open Architecture and Urban Studies series — a library of canonical, out-of-print architecture books — is now openly available on PubPub through the Humanities Open Book Program!
The International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) gathers researchers and musicians from all over the world to share their knowledge and late-breaking work on new musical interface design. It is now accepting submissions for proceedings, installations, workshops, music, and showcases for their June 2021 event.
The PubPub Content Team has partnered with the Harvard Data Science Review to produce interactive features in a handful of its articles. The first of these pieces, “Enhancing and Accelerating Social Science Via Automation: Challenges and Opportunities” in issue 3.2 is now live and includes a video summary, podcast, and a series of explanatory videos embedded throughout.
Cryptoeconomic Systems is a blockchain journal & conference series. Its first issue is currently available and a call for papers for CES's Fall 2021 issue is open until May 25, 2021. Please submit or share!
It is 2021, the major social media have been around for more than a decade, increasingly being used for reading-related activities, like organizing one’s own bookshelf, discussing novels, and reading book reviews. Still, there is no publication that tries to organize the knowledge generated by research about digital social reading (DSR). This new [draft] title, Digital Social Reading, by Federico Pianzola is now posted for community review and aims to do just that. Please read, share, and offer Federico feedback!
This month we welcomed 95 new communities, 1,378 new users, 1,375 new pubs, and supported 386,700 page views.
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In the next few months, we’ll be turning to building some new systems to power better Community Publishing, starting with activity and notifications. We'll begin with simple views of activity and the ability to receive regular email digests of activity, then expand from there. To learn more about our plans and contribute your thoughts, you can visit our Activity and Notifications discussion thread. This will lay the groundwork for us to begin work on editorial management to support as many types of Community Publishing processes as possible — from traditional journal review processes, to preprint server submissions, to overlay review of preprints, and beyond. To do this, we’re asking for your help defining what you’d like to see in these features. If you have thoughts or ideas, we invite you to add to the discussion thread on the topic to which many have already helpfully contributed.