Questions To Consider

Please feel free to post here any questions that you would like to pose at the conversation or you think are otherwise relevant to the question of digital publishing in the present and future. These questions will help us shape a loose structure for our conversation to start with.

*Please put your initials at the end of each question you add so that we can get an idea of who is interested in what topics:

What alternative shapes can narrative take in digital publication and what role can users be afforded in shaping that narrative? (KK)

How do the variety of media by which content is delivered shape the structure of scholarship and argument and what facets of scholarly work map differently on different media? (KK)

Who is your audience? (AR)

Kimon, I've been thinking about Benjamin's THE STORYTELLER in relation to thinking about shapes for digital narratives. WB: " A man listening to a story is in the company of the storyteller; even a man reading one shares this companionship. The reader of a novel, however, is isolated, more so than any other reader."
Benjamin tells us earlier in this piece that the novel is different from storytelling, because it needed the book before it could exist. So here we are now. Well past the doorstep of the next narrative form. Because writing and reading digitally is more public than reading a book, how do we take this into account as we think of these new forms and formats? This isn't "a " question, but really a whole series of questions. Reading online and by extension, digital scholarship, is more public than earlier forms. How does this inflect both the writer, the reader, and the writing itself. And if we understood that more, would we understand more about the frames for thinking, writing digitally? (EPS)

How can scholars take advantage of the real-time aspect of online publishing? How can the issue that such a publication is never "finished" (as a print publication is) be integrated into the current culture? (KS)

How can scholars, publishers, and scholarly societies work together to reinvent the forms of academic validation — peer review, citation practices, indexing, etc — for new digital modes of scholarly communication? (KF)

I'm also interested in the question of affordances for users — how can we re-imagine scholarly work in ways that allow it to be more directly usable by its audiences? Can we develop both interfaces/systems and processes that allow users to re-mix scholarly work (particularly work that makes its argument via new media design)? (DE)

Along with the question of direct use (in the sense of re-mix) is the question of infrastructure development that helps to make our work more findable and accessible (and considers sustainability as "new media" changes over time). In a way, the infrastructure is available, but there's no consistency in execution, so the question becomes, how do we get all the stakeholders to bring this kind of infrastructure issue to the foreground and determine the best way to implement it across the various systems and approaches in use. (DE)

What will be the components, the circuits, the communities, the configuration of the digital publishing ecosystem that is only beginning to emerge? Will it operate in parallel with, or will it quickly overwhelm the legacy scholarly publishing system? (PP)

How is support going to be generated for most scholars (those not in the ranks of the geeks or at institutions with digital humanities centers) to produce the full-scale multimedia productions that we are envisioning (going beyond putting up a hypertext version of article)? (DJ)

Great questions so far. I'd add something that may be outside the scope of our meeting, except that it goes to issues of infrastructure, support, and sustainability of digital publishing: In what ways can we set up presses and/or publishing units (like KF talks about in last chapter of her book) that incorporate or even rely on students (undergraduates and graduate students) and could change our pedagogies *and* scholarship? (CB)