Digitaal en/of gedrukt?

In m’n timeline gisteren:

Is de vraag stellen ‘m beantwoorden?

Het gaat om een nieuwe MIT-publicatie (november 2012 dus en niet november 2011) die tegelijkertijd digitaal open access wordt aangeboden en à raison van $ 24.95 in gebonden uitgave. Snel even powersearchen op ‘library’ levert een aanzienlijk aantal hits op, waaronder de volgende:

What, after all, are indexes, tables of contents, and foot- and endnotes if not information storage and retrieval strategies? The classification systems that scholars and librarians have evolved over the centuries and their direct relationship to the arrangement of physical book stacks, not to mention whether those stacks are open or closed, are all evidence ofthe design of information and its access as central concerns of the humanities. Yet with computers and networks, these same issues of information and access may be perceived as mere technical concerns, and the benefit of a humanist perspective is lost. (p.20)

A certain tension exists in the current environment as libraries and publishers confront a changing landscape, but it is important to state certain obligations that remain vital to humanistic inquiry no matter how technologies affect social constructions. The recent tight budgets for scholarly presses have pushed for reconsideration of the business models developed in the print environment. Formats are changing, but peer-review—which can now be extended even to the public sphere—remains crucial. Timelines and life cycles of information are shifting, but the need for reliable references remains; perhaps it is more urgent than ever. Licensing agreements and expectations about long-term access must be addressed as must the recognition that a new business model has to emerge that takes seriously issues involving the evolution of intellectual property, open-source culture, copyright protections, and what has been referred to as the challenge of “copyleft” considerations. Print-based understandings of concepts such as first sale—buying a copy of a book grants the right to pass the book on—are problematic in a digital environment in which a copy of a text or work can be easily replicated and distributed. What are the rights of authors and of presses? How does society balance these rights against the needs of readers, scholars, libraries, and the broader public? (p.87-88)

A New Kind of Digital Humanist is Emerging who Combines In-Depth Training in a Single Humanistic Subfield with a Mix of Skills Drawn from Design, Computer Science, Media Work, Curatorial Training and Library Science. (p.116)

Dat vraagt niet om powersearching maar om extended and immersive reading. En daarbij geef ik nog steeds de voorkeur aan een gedrukte versie. Bestellen dus!


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