Computational Publishing Pilot Project Introduces Partners and Communities
Our last post on Computational Book Publishing by Simon Bowie kicked off our documentation of this COPIM WP6 Experimental Publishing Pilot Project, which consists of a collaboration between COPIM, the Open Science Lab at the Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) Hanover (working with Simon Worthington as the lead on this collaboration) and Open Book Publishers. The aim of this Pilot Project is to create a working prototype or proof of concept for the publication of computational books, based on real (sample) digital objects, and to adapt this to the publishing workflow of Open Book Publishers. The central question this pilot wants to address is how computational books—the combinations of text and executable code—can be integrated and made compatible with an existing publisher’s infrastructures and workflows for monograph publishing. We will be trying out various computational publishing tools to create this prototype, including Curvenote, Quarto, Jupyter Notebook, JupyterLab, and Jupyter Book.
The Pilot Partners
COPIM – this Pilot Project is part of COPIM’s Work Package 6 (WP6) on Experimental Publishing and Reuse, and we will also be collaborating with WP5, the Thoth Open Dissemination System, and WP7, Archiving and Digital Preservation on the computational book prototype.
Open Book Publishers (OBP), founded in 2008, is a leading independent open access academic press that publishes peer-reviewed monographs, edited collections, textbooks, critical translations and more. OBP are a non-profit social enterprise based in the UK and is run by academics. OBP is committed to making high-quality research available to every reader and all of the their books are freely available in open access formats (PDF, HTML and XML), as well as high-quality, affordably priced paperbacks, hardbacks, and ebooks. They do not charge their authors to publish with them and authors retain full copyright. Open Book Publishers is one of the partners on the COPIM project.
The TIB Open Science Lab supports the digital opening of science and culture by helping communities to adopt new methods and tools in their practice. Founded by Lambert Heller and Professor Ina Blümel in 2013, the lab is organised around two larger thematic clusters ‘OpenGLAM’ and ‘Open Research Information’, with several smaller thematic clusters, including one on collaborative publishing services and pipellines.
NFDI4Culture is a German Consortium for Research Data on Material and Immaterial Cultural Heritage within the Nationale Forschungsdateninfrastruktur (NFDI) that addresses research data on tangible and intangible cultural assets. They aim to establish a needs-based infrastructure for research data that serves their community of interest, ranging from architecture, art history and musicology to theatre, dance, film and media studies.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.