<< Chapter < Page Chapter >> Page >

The analog “commons” as depicted in Toulmin’s work was a bounded space. For all the complexity that Toulmin introduced, concepts evolved in ways that were intuitively organized and generally rational. The digital commons we apprehend today is often a contested zone where bounded and unbounded impulses compete: intellectual property laws, copyright, and the commodification of information can struggle with open access, file sharing, social networks, and a much more freeform, non-hierarchical, even chaotic participation in the creation and distribution of knowledge. The unbounded features of the new digital knowledge commons have resulted in the reconceptualization of academic libraries and, by extension, of the modern university.

The shape of things to come

In addition to the complexities that the disparate lexicons and methods of extracting meaning within analog and digital environments entail, three other circumstances impede resolution of the ongoing crisis in scholarly publishing. One is the absence of a working model to induce migration to a digital publication platform, and a business plan that forecasts sustainability for that model. The second is the lack of incentives to allow adjustments for staff layoffs or reassignments; and the third is the general failure of higher education to address the disruptive challenges and potentially liberating opportunities posed by the digital revolution. This last section will ground the argument in more concrete terms.

A working model

I believe that the Rice University Press/NINES collaboration offers one such model: it is a coherent response to scholarship and teaching set in a burgeoning digital library, is flexible to allow for new questions and methodological approaches to research in the targeted fields of study, and can produce new modes of expression within its publication/product line that reflect these new approaches. As an open-source solution, it is susceptible to broadly based contributions and enhancements to its tools and underlying software, and is agnostic to disciplinary focus. An impeccable peer review process is readily available—indeed built into this model—to guarantee rigor of assessment and trusted reviews.

The business model can be addressed on two levels. There is the “local” calculation specific to the Rice University Press that focuses on the return of investment through sales and other revenue streams, such as grants and gifts. We have found that since re-opening the press, every publication continues to sell each month; extrapolating that the press will publish titles with greater frequency indefinitely, cost recovery can be calculated. The low overhead of the press is also a factor in its longer-term sustainability. New modes of publication as revenue are difficult to calculate; the expected sale of the Literature by Design chapbooks for students is expected to bring in considerable income while significantly enhancing interest in Victorian Studies, yet that remains to be proven. A relatively small gift that would establish an endowment would help sustain the press in perpetuity, but such a gift is speculative.

Questions & Answers

How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
Privacy Information Security Software Version 1.1a
Got questions? Join the online conversation and get instant answers!
Jobilize.com Reply

Get the best Algebra and trigonometry course in your pocket!

Source:  OpenStax, Online humanities scholarship: the shape of things to come. OpenStax CNX. May 08, 2010 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col11199/1.1
Google Play and the Google Play logo are trademarks of Google Inc.

Notification Switch

Would you like to follow the 'Online humanities scholarship: the shape of things to come' conversation and receive update notifications?