Changing Forms and Formats | Digital Writing and Digital Publishing in the History of Education
Convened by Josefine Wähler, Lars Müller, Klaus Thoden, and Sabine Reh (BBF | Research Library for the History of Education, DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education Berlin, Germany)
The Pre-Conference Workshop „Changing Forms and Formats | Digital Writing and Digital Publishing in the History of Education” will take place on-site on 17 July (from 1:00 to 6:00 PM) as part of ISCHE 44 in Budapest, Hungary.
The prevalence and demand for easier accessibility and unrestricted (re-)usability of digitized sources and technological applications for the creation and interpretation of research results in the field of the History of Education has significantly increased in recent years, particularly in the context of limited access to source materials and collecting institutions during the Corona pandemic. In addition to providing digital repositories and virtual archives, ‘new’ knowledge on the History of Education is created and disseminated at an accelerated pace in the ‘digital space’ beyond traditional print editions and common publishing programs.
The PCW will discuss the benefits and opportunities of digital writing and publishing, and the emergence of new digital forms and formats by looking at the creation, transformation and use of smaller, shortened and hybrid forms and formats, such as web and blog posts, and Twitter threads, as well as enriched articles in open access journals and on alternative platforms (publisher-independent, community-driven, interest-led).
The seemingly self-evident use of digital publishing formats and alternative platforms for scientific communication foster a change in the culture of our discipline, in the practice of our scientific writing, and in the organisation or disclosure of our research processes (e.g. structure and layout of texts, reading habits, review processes). Of particular interest are procedures of persistent referencing, free accessibility, versioning, transparency of contributions, but also low-threshold access to professional exchange and cooperation, and opportunities of publishing initial research results or project-related data (e.g. preprints, workshop reports, comments, data papers). Thus, a critical and reflective discussion about the actual benefit for the scientific community becomes necessary, e.g. with regard to the legitimation and accreditation of such fragmented formats.
‘Newer’ digital formats also require a certain technological understanding and training, e.g. in the use of structured text formats and dynamic integration of multimedia content (audio, video, geo-referential visualisation). Digital products are changing our view on educational-historically and scholarly exploitable sources (authorships, updates and versioning of publications, data security and copyright protection, long-term accessibility). Thus, the ongoing transformation from traditional to digital forms of publishing requires the active participation of the scientific community to be sustainable and demand-driven.
The PCW will be organised in three sessions. Each paper will be given approximately 15 minutes to leave enough time for comments and further discussion.
The Pre-Conference Workshop is open for registered participants of ISCHE 44: http://www.reformpedagogiaiegyesulet.hu/registration-for-participants/
Josefine Wähler, Lars Müller, Klaus Thoden, Sabine Reh
BBF | Research Library for the History of Education
DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education Berlin
Warschauer Straße 34 – 38
D-10243 Berlin, Germany