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The world of scholarly publishing is changing. It’s important to both learn how to work with the challenges and opportunities that come with these changes and also to help to create the changes you’d like to see. This series consists of conversations between members of the Duke community and hands-on workshops on platforms, practices, and skills mentioned during these conversations. We’ll explore what changes have already happened, ones that are on the horizon and the trends that brought them about. What challenges do they pose, and what opportunities do they bring? We’ll discuss what you can do to succeed in these changing spaces, where to get help in the library and on campus, and how to create change in your own communities.


  • Publishing as Conversation
  • On Being An Author: Authorship, Credit, and the Commons
  • Metrics, Alt-metrics, and Impact: What if we’re looking at all the wrong things?
  • Technology & Publishing as Pedagogy


Duke University Libraries' The Edge is pleased to work with the following Duke University entities, who share our interest in promoting broader support for publishing innovation and whose people, resources, and programs are featured in this series. 

Upcoming Events

Problems in Digital Publishing: Metadata. Discovery, Linked Open Data
November 16, 2017, 10:30-11:30am, Murthy Digital Studio (Bostock 121)

This workshop will help participants understand how to make digital resources easier to discover, reuse, and query. Beginning with an overview of linked open data, we'll study examples of how digital publishing/scholarship projects have made their data open for creative remixing and open research.


How to Make It Last
November 30, 2017, 10:30-11:30am, Murthy Digital Studio (Bostock 121)

What decisions shape digital publishing projects and help to ensure their longevity? What kinds of institutional and grant support foster continued growth? What technological factors are important in project durability?

Publishing as Conversation
December 1, 2017, noon-1pm, The Edge Workshop Room (Bostock 127)

Scholarly publishing is often treated as one-way communication: send some knowledge out into the world, and then hope others learn from it, and maybe cite it somewhere down the road. Yet the greater and ultimate goal of publishing is to encourage others to actively engage with and challenge scholarly ideas in order to make our collective knowledge stronger. Ideally, publishing is a way of conversing with those most engaged in the topics we study, so we can gain new perspectives and approaches… while avoiding trolls, hecklers, and defeatists.
REGISTRATION is required for lunch.

Previous Events

Introduction: What is Digital Publishing?
September 7, 2017, 10:30-11:30am, Murthy Digital Studio (Bostock 121)
A brief introduction to the current landscape of digital scholarly publishing, with a focus on methods and projects in the humanities.

Publishing with Omeka (part 1: introduction)
September 14. 2017, 10:30-11:30am, Murthy Digital Studio (Bostock 121)
An overview of the Omeka content management/publishing software, with example use cases and pedagogical applications. Co-presenter: Hannah Jacobs, Wired! Lab.

Publishing with Omeka (part 2: advanced uses)
September 21, 2017, 10:30-11:30am, Murthy Digital Studio (Bostock 121)
A look at Omeka's more advanced features, such as custom theming, the API, and the plugin system.

What do computer scientists tweet? [Munch & Mull] 
September 25, 2017, 12:00-1:00pm, Murthy Digital Studio (Bostock 121)
How do the tweeting habits of computer scientists differ from those of the general population, and what are the implications for measuring research impact in this field? Join us as we explore Marco Schmidt and Robert Jäschke's 2017 article that investigates the value of Twitter in scientific communication.  

Digital Storytelling (part 1)
September 28, 2017, 10:30-11:30am, Murthy Digital Studio (Bostock 121)
With a focus on using digital archives and collections of objects, this session will cover storytelling with maps, timeline tools, and more. Co-presenter: Brian Norberg, Trinity Technology Services.

Digital Storytelling (part 2) 
October 5, 2017, 10:30-11:30am, Murthy Digital Studio (Bostock 121)
This session will focus on telling stories about single digital objects via annotation, crowdsourcing data, and other approaches. Co-presenter: Brian Norberg, Trinity Technology Services. 

Looking Forward: Duke History Revisited 2017 
October 11, 2017, 5-6pm, Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room (Rubenstein 153)

Five undergraduate studens from this summer's Duke History Revisited program will share highlights from their research into Duke University's history. Topics include an 1960s living-learning project in East Durham; Duke's role in the availability of Durham's low income housing; World War II at Duke; historic and current social pressures on women at Duke; and nineteenth-century Native American students at Trinity College. Students participating in the Duke University Archives Story+ Initiative, Duke History Revisited, transform archival research into public-facing digital resources. Following the presentation, enjoy refreshments and conversation 

Assessing Digital Publication
October 12, 2017, 10:30-11:30am, Murthy Digital Studio (Bostock 121)

In this workshop, we will learn about the history and present state of impact metrics. We'll exmaine the ways that tools like Altmetric and Impact Story track the sharing and citation of scholarship, what data they can and can't capture, and how to interpret the results they supply. Co-presenter: Paolo Mangiafico, Duke Libraries. 

Copyright and Fair Use in Digital Publishing 
October 19, 2017, 10:30-11:30am, Murthy Digital Studio (Bostock 121)

In this session, we will learn about the legal issues surrounding digital publication and think about how to license our own works for publication and reuse. Participants are encouraged to bring questions, problems, or examples for discussion. Co-presenter: Dave Hansen, Director of Copyright and Scholarly Communication, Duke Libraries. 

Shaping Your Professional Identity Online: RCR Graduate Student Workshop 
October 24, 2017, 3:00-5:00pm, Perkins 217

The digital world allows us to connect in ever increasing ways.  As an early career scholar these connections can provide you with both opportunities and challenges.  This workshop is designed to help you consider the best ways to navigate how you want to present yourself online.  We will discuss topics such as what to share and how to share, the ethical issues involved, and how to maintain the right balance of privacy.  We will also examine some steps you can take, such as creating a profile on Google Scholar, creating a Google alert for your name, creating an ORCID ID, interacting professionally on Twitter, and creating an online portfolio. If you have a laptop, you may want to bring it.  You will receive RCR credit for attending. 

The Audiences of Digital Publishing: Outreach and Engagement 
October 26, 2017, 10:30-11:30am, Murthy Digital Studio (Bostock 121)

How do successful projects engage with their audiences? We'll learn about approaches to connecting with users, promoting digital publications, and using social media for scholarship. Guest presenter: Liz Milewicz, Duke Libraries Digital Scholarship Services.

Problems in Digital Publishing: Data Portability
November 2, 2017, 10:30-11:30am, Murthy Digital Studio (Bostock 121)

This session will provide an overview of some common data migration/preservation tasks and describe best practices for ensuring that your digital work stays portable and sustainable. Co-presenter: Brian Norberg, Trinity Technology Services.

Problems in Digital Publishing: Defining and Managing Workflows
November 9. 2017, 10:30-11:30am, Murthy Digital Studio (Bostock 121)

We'll look at different needs and tools for coordinating digital publishing workflows. with specific attention to cross-platform integration (Google Drive, Box, etc) and the ease of adapting their affordances to common parts of the the digital scholarship lifecycle. Co-presenter: Liz Milewicz, Duke Libraries Digital Scholarship Services.

Questions? Contact Brittany Wofford, brittany.wofford@duke.edu