Emerging technologies continue to transform the ways we collect, synthesize, disseminate, and consume information. These advances present both hazards and opportunities for the future of scholarly publication and communication.
At the 2016 Society for Scholarly Publishing Annual Meeting, the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University brought together a team of science fiction authors, scholars, digital publishers, journalists, and technologists to write a book on the fly in 72 hours.
A revolving group of participants as well as a dedicated team of writers,
- discussed issues of increasing scholarly impact and accessibility
- wondered whether computers can make scholarly contributions that warrant co-authorship
- speculated about what forms scholarly books may take in the future
- wrote and published their musings in Sprint Beyond the Book
Throughout the annual meeting at SSP2016, six miniature book sprints were conducted. During each sprint, a group of four to six writers convened to tackle one of six big questions. Each sprint began with a facilitated conversation, followed by time for the writers to reflect and compose a piece of writing inspired by the conversation.
Conferences like the SSP annual meeting and scholarly publications themselves are often undergirded by spontaneous, inspiring, thought-provoking conversations among colleagues and collaborators, but those conversations are rarely captured and shared, and are often clouded in memory, even for the participants. The book sprint process hopefully absorbs some of the kismet and energy of those initial conversations, right at the start of a big idea, and makes it part of a more durable intellectual product—and a possible springboard for additional conversations in a broader range of times and places.
Making Research Matter
Reproducing the Humanities
Unexpected Signals of Public Engagement With Science
Making Research Matter
Being an Academic—A Thank You Letter
Agent of Science
Shaping the Public SquareDance, Monkey, Dance: The Public Square
From the Ivory Tower to Hyde Park
The Citizen Mathematician
Human-Machine CollaborationMachines Who Write and Edit
Can Crediting Algorithms Save the Adjuncts?
What Would a Turing Test for an Intellectual Contribution Look Like?
Our Robot Overlords
The Authorship Rubric: Credit Where Credit’s Due
Exposing Hidden KnowledgeHidden Knowledge
Hidden Knowledge in Information Overload
Hidden Knowledge, as Told by Memes
The Hidden Knowledge
Undocumented Terms of Art
The Magic of Gossip
The Future of the Scholarly Book(Untitled)
Stories From Our Mothers
Does the User Experience of Scholarly Books Need Reconsideration?
The Book That Lasts
How Do You Print Books on Mars?
Gutenberg 2.0—Books as Conversations
GitHub and the Future of the Scholarly Book
Expanding AccessExpanding Access
Minimal Computing: An Infographic
Teenage Information Dystopia
What is a Book?
Democratizing Research 101: No Taxation Without Representation
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