Publishing Makerspace Charrette & Visioning Exercise (envisioning scholarly publishing in 2030)

Publishing Makerspace: Creating Multi-modal platforms to expand scholarship and dialogue into community, and to form hybrid scholarly-public digital communities— Charrette and Visioning Exercise

1: Brainstorming (faucet exercise)   faucet-309209_640

In this exercise, we will explore ways to envision these multi-modal spaces. What do they look like? What innovations do they employ? How do they help create new hybrid digital communities? What role can experimentation play? How will these changes shape digital scholarship in the future, affecting both academic forums and public ones?

Process: The facilitator reads the topic context and the topic question. Each team member briefly writes one ideal example of the topic per post-it note. If a team member finishes her/his idea before the other members, the team member can write a new idea on another note. As soon as all team members have written their first idea, each team member placed their notes on the flip chart, and reads his/her notes (30 seconds maximum per idea). Once all ideas have been read, discussion can happen for two minutes. This write/read/discuss cycle is repeated, until a total of 10 minutes has been spent on the topic. This brainstorm process is then repeated on the next topic with a new flip chart.

Q 1. What do you think scholarly publishing should look like in 2030? What will it be able to do that it can’t do now? How will it change? What do you envision it becoming?  (2:45-2:55)

Q 2. How might a collaborative digital publishing makerspace, as described in our proposal, be part of our vision for this future?  As part of this makerspace, how will scholarly publishing be more “open” to public input, and how might the definition of a makerspace be expanded?   (2:55-3:05)

Q3. What are the limitations and potentials of existing publishing tools and platforms in light of the vision that we have drawn for the future?  What ideas do you have for overcoming these limitations?    (3:05-3:15)


2: Visioning (funnel exercise)   funnel

In visioning, take the ideas you have generating in your “faucet” mode and collaboratively develop a shared vision for your desired future. Narrow down the ideas to key components as you enter “funnel” mode. What are the most important things you want to accomplish, and how can they be interrelated?

Instructions: Draw from the post-it notes you created in the brainstorming exercises, selecting the most important notes and building a model for the envisioned possible future that incorporates all of our ideas. (15 minutes, 3:15-3:30)    

3: Backcasting

Drawing from the ideas that came out of our visioning process, how can they be incorporated into a plan that starts with the existing range of digital publishing practices and innovations, and leads step by step to our envisioned future. What do we need to achieve by the mid-point of the process, and how do we get there? How do we get to the end of the process? Starting with the current status quo (in our case, the state of digital scholarship as content that is shared with various publics) and decide the key components. How can we move from the present and towards our visioned goals? What steps are necessary, and how should they be coordinated? (15 minutes: 3:30-3:45)

Instructions: In this process, a team member reads her/his idea when posting it. Discussion is allowed, with emphasis on posting many ideas, not on judging the ideas, and giving each participant a voice.

4: Planning and Refining

Planning and Refining – Our last step of the charrette is to take the results of the backcasting and visioning exercise, and refine the plan that we developed. Are there important steps or components of the plan we’ve left out? How do we want to parse out the pieces of our plan within the time frame of the SCI Workshop, given our limited schedule–see below?   Which tools and platforms would we like to examine, including both those used by traditional publishers as well as some libraries, such as XML, Epub, InDesign, and Kindle; as well as other tools and platforms such as  GitHub, and Markdown,; and finally, bibliographical tools such as zotero. (15 minutes: 3:45-4)


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