Open Knowledge? 3 Fragen an Prof. Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick


(c) Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Nur noch wenige Tage bis zur Konferenz Open Knowledge? Potentials of Digital Publishing in the Academic World am 27. April an der Universität Duisburg-Essen. Zeit genug, um in drei Fragen und Antworten ein erstes Stimmungsbild der Referenten zu Open Knowledge, digitaler Wissenschaft und digitalem Publizieren einzuholen. Heute: Prof. Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Leiterin des Bereichs Wissenschaftskommunikation der  Modern Language Association und Visiting Research Professor of English an der New York University.

Why is Open Knowledge an important topic for a (digital) academic world?

Open Knowledge is a crucial topic for researchers and their institutions to explore and embrace in the 21st century, as the impact of research that circulates on the open web is far greater than that published in more traditional venues. The more freely and fluidly our work circulates, the more potential it has for public engagement and for inspiring further research.

How will digital publishing in the academic world look like in the future?

Unfortunately, I cannot predict what digital publishing will look like in the future, except to say that there will be more of it, and more forms of it! Our technologies keep developing, and the primary quality that academic publications will need to adopt in order to keep up with new platforms and systems will be fluidity.

Can you recommend any current digital writing projects?

The project I am currently most excited about is Infinite Ulysses, the doctoral thesis project of Amanda Visconti. It‘s worth exploring.

Kathleen Fitzpatrick is Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association and Visiting Research Professor of English at NYU.  She is author of Planned Obsolescence:  Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy (NYU Press, 2011) and of The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television (Vanderbilt University Press, 2006). She is co-founder of the digital scholarly network MediaCommons, where she has led a number of experiments in open peer review and other innovations in scholarly publishing.

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