CFR: Digital Publications

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The MediaCommons Front Page Collective is looking for responses to the survey question: What are new insights into digital publishing?

Digital publishing is changing rapidly and new software and site plugins make for texts that are adaptive and interactive. Online publications are increasing, sites that look at new ways to publish online have been created, and print based media is branching out to digital content. What are the consequences and rewards of online publishing? Our hope is that this project will turn into the beginning of several more specific projects on the state of digital publishing.

Responses may include but are not limited to:

  • Open Source Digital Publishing
  • Interactivity with online publications
  • Digital Publishing and Copyright
  • Preserving Digital Texts
  • Migrating work to a digital platform
  • Digital dissertations

Responses are 400-600 words and typically focus on introducing an idea for larger discussion, with the idea that interested individuals will read responses daily. Proposals may be brief (a few sentences) and should state your topic and approach. You may submit as an individual or offer up a special cluster of responses. Submit proposals and questions to by October 1 to be considered for inclusion into this project. The project will run from October 14 to November 1st. 

In case you are unfamiliar with MediaCommons, we are an experimental project created in 2006 by Drs. Kathleen Fitzpatrick and Avi Santo, seeking to envision how a born-digital scholarly press might re-conceptualize both the processes and end-products of scholarship. MediaCommons was initially developed in collaboration with the Institute for the Future of the Book through a grant from the MacArthur Foundation and is currently supported by New York University’s Digital Library Technology Services through funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The site regularly receives tens of thousands of unique readers a month.