This year, PubPub got into the spirit of #OpenAccessWeek2022 by hosting a “Pub[Pub] Crawl” on October 25! 🎉 Instead of hydrating with ~other~ beverages, attendees got to drink in an enlightening and informative discussion between speakers representing several communities on PubPub that focus on or prioritize climate justice content and operations.
The crawl took off with Computing within Limits. Dr. Lisa Nathan got conversation brewing when she emphasized the mindshift of craving the prestige connoted with traditional publishing to accessible, open-access publishing. The Sustainable Features Lab, a community from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, kept this thought going when they mentioned they publish their more formal research on LIMITS while using their PubPub community as a place for updates and conversation–and we didn’t even ask them to say that!
Other communities, like the Deep-Sea Capacity Assessment, highlighted why they use PubPub, and other groups echoed the sentiment: it’s “open, citable, and extensible.” We’re always growing, and our communities are too.
Using PubPub as a home for essay collections and journals, climate-focused journal CAPAS displayed the ways they have used their communities to foster knowledge sharing and to promote open review processes. San Antonio Review followed up by describing the ways that, both by publishing content on PubPub and through print efforts, they aim to minimize their impact on the climate.
Decarbonizing Character and Projections, two student-led/focused communities, gave essential perspectives on pedagogy through PubPub, and how students can come together through the publishing process to see their work become accessible.
Wrapping up with a 🍻 intoxicating 🍻 conversation about continuing to integrate open-review, accessibility, and storytelling tools into communities, the Pub[Pub] crawl left us all thirsty for the next one!
—Katherine Fata, KF Community Services Intern
PubPub Communities publishing on climate justice and related topics include:
Käte Hamburger Centre for Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Studies at Heidelberg University
Sustainable Futures Lab, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Decarbonizing Character, Wake Forest University
Projections, the Journal of the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Global Deep-Sea Capacity Assessment, Ocean Discovery League
Data and Analytics for Good, Appalachian State University
Wicked Problems, Wolfpack Solutions, North Carolina State University
SUSCAP Project, Romanian Air Force Academy
Sustainable Development Goals in Action, University of Buffalo
RePLITO, Berlin University
Project for Peaceful Competition, King’s College London
Sustainability Science, Harvard Kennedy School
0:00:00:00 - sarah kearns
So. Yeah. Welcome to the first ever pub pub crawl in celebration of Open Access Week. As you probably all know by now, this year's theme is climate justice. And we are very lucky and excited that there are so many PubPub communities that are already participating and really leading on the way in regard to this topic. So sort of how this PubPub crawl will work, much like if you've ever been dragged on or attended a IRL pub crawl is that we'll excitedly march across the city of pub pub land to different spaces.
And unlike a traditional pub crawl, we'll use each space to learn more about each community and sort of how they're addressing climate justice and what they're doing so well. Mostly go in order of the fire sort of giving 5 minutes per community and its presenters choice on if you want to share anything or not during during that time.
And then we'll be wrapping up with questions and these questions can either be directed at particular groups or aimed to garner like a bigger discussion across participants. And Catherine will be helping moderate those questions. So without further ado, let's start with PubPub crawl and we'll start off with computing within limits.
00:01:30:13 - Lisa Nathan
Hello. My name is Lisa Nathan. I'm a faculty member at the School of Information. And on the screen territory. I'm a traditional unceded and ancestral territory of the Syrian people, also known as Vancouver and British Columbia, Canada, where I work at the University of British Columbia, which occupies Muskrat Land. I'm uninvited guest on these lands. We were just talking about the or listening to another group talking about the apocalypse and talk about people who have been through the apocalypse.
So where the history we're living with in this part of the world. But I'm here today to speak to a group, a conference that started as a workshop in 2015. And what you're seeing here is the first Web page for this workshop that started in Irvine, California. It's the limits. Computing Within Limits is really focused on shifting the rhetoric, particularly in computer science and human computer interaction design around how these computers are going to save us from climate crisis and instead recognizing the logics that are behind some of these industries are these industries are actually what have gotten us to this place in our climate environment right now.
All of the issues that we're facing, both socially and ecologically and so limited, was based on the idea that actually there are limits of certain types that we need to acknowledge in our work. And it was in many ways stimulated by this paper here, collapsing from optics, which was written by some folks who then later started the limits groupings.
And in this paper they're talking about this idea that actually we might not be on the progress of computing and rather we might be heading towards more of what you might think of as a collapse scenarios or not necessarily apocalypse in terms of everything being destroyed immediately, but more of a slower decline. But the content of this paper was not well received within the community and the industry at the time that it came out in 2012.
So the authors came together to start this limits gathering to bring people together who were not getting their ideas heard within the traditional academy, and particularly within the Association for Computing Machinery, which is where this first paper and the next paper that came out was hosted by because it was part of the KAI conference, Human Factors and Computing Conference, part of the ACM family of conferences, which cost a lot of money for folks to put their to participate in.
If you go to an esteemed conference, the very expensive, you do not have access through your institution to the ACM digital library. It's really expensive to get hold of those papers. So over time, in the first few years with this, I'm going to walk us through a few. But Sites Limits was associated with the ACM, which enabled us to put papers into that visual library.
But we began to recognize what a barrier that was for both authors to be able to put forward money to get their papers into the ACM visual library, but also for people to gain access to those papers, as everyone here knows and is involved in open access week. So over time we decided to move away from the ACM model.
In the last few years we have used a very, very simple way. You can see there's no longer the association with ACM and we're using paper in a very simple way, but just to host all of the papers from each gathering each year. And we hope to continue to do it. But it is something that I have pushed hard for because people really wanted to have their papers in the ACM, a library for the Professional Prestige.So it's really taking your mind shift to have people be open and willing to put their papers into this place to host them over the longer term and accessible. But it's catching on. So I'm pretty excited. And that's about limits. Things.
00:06:00:00 - sarah kearns
Great. Thanks. Next up, we'll march over to projections.
00:06:13:00 - Carmelo Ignaccolo
All right. Hello, everyone. Thank you, Sarah and Catherine, for putting this together. And it's excited to get to know more about what people are doing in their pop up universe. My name is Carmelo and together with Chaewon and I, we are now unfortunately cannot be with us today. We were the student editor of Projections and Projection in the Urban Planning Journal of MIT.
Does the Department of Urban Studies and Planning of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. We were like super thrilled to be the student editor or Volume 16. And the topic that investigated on module 16 was the topic of measurements measurement in cities. The title of our volume, in fact, was Measuring the City. The Power of Urban Matrix Projections is a peer reviewed journal of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning that you can see here in this image in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
And it's it changes topics depending on student editor's interest. So there is a competition within the department and faculty members select relevant topics of interest for those specific years or for what concern our specific issue, the power of urban matrix that was quite central to the MIT community because and the key launch a couple of years ago I joined degree in urban planning and computer science.
So we wanted you to collect feedback and of like opinions about scholars working at the intersection of urban studies and computer science projections is not new. I mean, the first issue was actually published in 2000 on this PDF physical or math, and this was the norm until literally projection. Well, as you can see from this slide have been like a great variety of topics that have been investigated by the student editors and with the contributors from all over the world, starting with projection 13, we started moving to pop pop.
So Projection 13, 14, 15 and 16 are available on projections dot org. And as you can see from this slide, we've been investigating quite recently, like some of the most cutting edge topics on climate resilience, urban waterways and urban health. This was the student team that led light projection 16. So we were like doctoral students in the Department of the Urban SATs and planning this year with that is now online she is zooming in from Singapore so it's when I am on her side of the globe so it's so great to have her here.
And and now she's an assistant professor at Yale and us just a brief description of what the volume of measuring the city, the power of urban metric was about. We were sort of interested in understanding the nature of urban data and how urban data are generated. And we're also interested in investigate our understanding of city life is being fundamentally reshaped through data driven models and measurement, and to demonstrate how data are sort of interwoven with like real world politics in cities.
So these are the key aspects that we are investigating. This is the list of like the articles that we published in our recent recent issue. Some of them are, of course, about climate, some of them are about mobility. And you can see at the bottom of this slide, the great editorial board that we were able to put together would be prominent scholars from all over all the world, adding their feedback and contribution to the authors who decided to submit a piece.
We were really excited to record like this, to have record numbers, submission for this projection. More than 120 abstracts were submitted, so it was really hard for us to select seven seven articles that ended up making it to a projection. And each one will tell you more about the content of some of these articles.
00:10:35:10 - Chaewon Ahn
Thank you, Carmelo. So we had in total seven articles published with this issue and the submissions came from various places. We have some submissions from Germany, some submissions from India, UK, Denmark and of course also from the US. And also we were very happy with the variety of topics that we were able to cover with our issue. We have some scholars that are working in creating new urban metrics, using social media and some unconventional data sources.
We also had some papers that were looking into testing existing metrics and also some others that are more on the qualitative methods side, which were looking into the development of open data in India or how how the how Toronto's smart city experiment was happening and what the politics around that were. So this is an example of one of the articles that you can access through pop up and maybe next slide.
There were some features actually that were painstaking, only built in and refined, but this was our iteration. I remember all these email chains very grateful for all these changes that were made on our on the website. And along with that, we also launched a parallel website that's actually a competition about visual visualizations, because we thought on one hand, of course, a lot of the work on urban data is made with written articles.
But also on the other hand, it would be really cool to have a website that displays all the cool visualizations that people are coming up in different parts of the world. So this was also an open call and at the end of this process, this website is accessible through that link down below and it kind of displays all the images based on the region where the the visualization, what the visualization is expressing.
Maybe we want to move to the next slide. Yeah. So because this was a competition, we had also announced a winner of the competition and two honorable mentions to, to acknowledge the hard work that went into creating these images and submitting it. So this is the image that we used also in our material advertising, our larger projection 16, which is by Jamie Williams that looks into the carbon economy in a global scale.
The next one is an honorable mention by Ben Pollack. And this was a this was also a map that talks about climate change, but it's a map that is trying to show why and where we need change in London 2020. And what was cool about this map is that in the QR code, when you access it, you can actually see this in an augmented reality version to see all the data layers on your phone.
Moving on to the last but not least, we also had Nabi Asimov's satellite remote sensing of nitrogen dioxide project that we acknowledged for showing us that the nitrogen nitrogen dioxide concentration closely linked to urban activities in Russia. So it was a pretty challenging process actually trying to do projections in the COVID situation. We were spread in three different time zones.
It was really difficult to manage the meetings, but because we were not physically together, it was possible to also launch these visualization competitions alongside our more traditional projections. 16 Volume. Thank you.
Yeah, thank you. Also, thanks for joining the party at one in the morning from where you are. But that means a lot to us for sure. So next up, we have the Center for Apocalyptic and post-Apocalyptic Studies.
00:15:03:09 - Michael Dunn
Hello, everybody. Lovely to be here. Unfortunately, I didn't prepare a presentation because I was thinking I'm talking to a bunch of people who all will have pop up communities. So it didn't seem I think we all know our way around the platform very well by now, but so I maybe will show you where we are on the platform, maybe just at the end real briefly.
But for now, yeah, I'm Michael Dunn. I'm a research associate in publication management at CAPAS, the Center for Apocalyptic and post-Apocalypse Studies, the joyfully titled, may I Add, and CAPAS is a transdisciplinary and apocalyptic research center. And we have the privilege to invite up to ten and internationally acclaimed research fellows from all over the world each year. That's our main goal.
But apart from my work on campus, I'm a literary scholar and I focus on earthly ends. So in what interests the literature settings and I'm not one. I'm not working on my Ph.D. I'm also writing, researching and publishing about literary downplays, climate culpability and the ecological uncanny, which, you know, as you may know by now then today's popular as a double intended for me, as I'm immensely interested in climate culpability, climate justice and all things related to the topic that covers we use pop up as our informal publishing platform for academic articles that disseminate across the public and academic domains.
Now, as an academic institution, we're obviously involved in the more classical publishing avenues, such as a peer review, double blind journal, which just dropped with Heidelberg University Publishing, which so everyone got checked out. That'll be great. We're very, very proud of it. And it's called Apocalyptic, by the way, not the the metal band, the classical metal band. We do get that.
Let's take a look back at an upcoming book series with the growing to the first book of which is expected with me and my coeditors in April 20, 23. But PubPub is useful for us in two main ways. On the one hand, we plan to publish an overview of each of the individual weekly working groups which are made up of fellows but also of internal team members alike.
And this overview will reflect the current sort of state of the art of each group and their research, so that new fellows, starting with us the following academic year, will be able to find out which group looked at which aspect of the forward slash and post apocalypse. And this also offers us sort of it offers up a transparency to the research we're doing here, which has not it's not only necessary because we're funded by the German government.
So we have to be transparent, which is important, but also because we want to bring people who are affected by this research into the fold and and also the next group of fellows. So but also the second function of our capacity is to publish more informal yet nonetheless academic articles from interested parties that are distinct from the peer reviewed journal.
So we want to go a little bit. We don't want to just do the classical academic methods. We also want to invite people from the fold and as a center dealing with the multiplicity of ways in which worlds end have ended and continue to end, as well as the critical necessities ending of certain worlds in the face of petrochemical capitalism, colonialism and its extended logics, structural violence and systemic racism acts as an important platform for connecting the research done here to the real world, which we don't talk, which is like, here are some deep philosophers, but yes, the real world, but also the people affected by it.
This research we're doing, and as such we published articles on appearing indigenous, for example, by one of our former fellows, Alejandro, in an article that deals with the power of utopian and Restituted montage as an art form used in reclaiming colonial pasts. I interviewed an artist from Kent, for example, who discussed landscapes taking on a post-apocalyptic esthetic. Despite the all pervasive and all pervasive necessity that is a long sentence for Revelation and his own personal interest in the apocalypse, seen through a pagan lens rather than the Judeo-Christian tradition.
We recently published an article from a scholar from Tasmania University called Alexander Luke Burton, who explored love and apocalypse by interspersing a short story with scholarly intervention. The concept of transformation here playing a key role in both love and the apocalypse. Lastly, an article of mine was published with a coauthor, Benjamin Violent, from the Institute of Environmental Physics at Harvard University, which dealt with the necessity for structural upheaval in the face of climate apocalypse.
Focusing on the extractive US link between colonialism, climate change and IT just in general, although we're incredibly pleased. But up up upside and we really, really love the response we've had and we're really happy to be part of this amazing community of other communities. And I would love to hear from other people about, especially tonight, about how you got the engagement going with your communities.
For example, some of the works are in development, some of them are fully fledged. But authors, a lot of the authors come to us and say, we want we want this really highly interactive development and we want comments. We want critique. You know, before we publish, we will publish with a say, an academic journal. We want this transparency.
We want to see what people care about. So I'd love to hear which might be a Segway for later. So thank you very much for having me either way.
00:20:36:09 - sarah kearns
Yeah, no, thank you. That's a I think it's a great question. We'll definitely circle back to it. We've certainly had many communities do an open review of books, certainly. So there's a precedents for that. And we'll talk about that more. Next up was going to be data analytics for good, but it seems like Natalie is not here from Appalachia State. So next we'll do the Sustainable Futures Lab.
00:21:01:10 - Aksel Biørn-Hansen
Okay? Hey, yeah, my name is Aksel Biørn-Hansen and I'm a student at the Department of Media Technology and Interaction Design at Kitchenaid's Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. And I am part of a I think I'm going to share my screen because I want to show some other state system just mine. So I hope you can see this.
I'm going to go there. Yeah. So I'm part of a research group and we recently changed our name, so for a long for like how many years is that. Ten years. It was called Made for us, which is like an internal department name. And we wanted to reshape ourselves and give ourselves a new name and a new face.
And that's where PubPub came in. But yeah, so it's led by Daniel Pargman and Elina Eriksoon and we do a lot of work on sustainability in many different facets, decreasing the environmental footprint of I.T technologies and themselves, investigating how you can use a city for sustainability purposes to discrete decrease footprint in other sectors. We also do a lot of future studies and very interesting, Michael, about the apocalyptic perspective because we are also looking into different ways of future and counterfactual scenarios and tools to imagine different futures.
And yeah, maybe I can just see if I can pull up R just wanted to show you that. Yeah, we're working with food academic flying kitchen fridge settings, solar, internet and other things. Yeah. Okay. And for a long time, we used this space. I dug this up because the blog, the previous blog that we had was is now dead.
So I used Wayback Machine of the Internet Archive to pull it up again. This is a former space, and the purpose of that space was mostly to present what we're doing, but also have a space to do all the maybe none, none published paper writing reflections and sharing our thoughts in a more informal manner. And it can be anything.
It can be what we were thinking about, about travels me made with train, it's a big thing and so on. And then as I said, we did a revamp, we did a redo of our team and we called it the Sustainable Futures Lab and we chose pop up this spring as a space to use for that. We saw it as a like opportunity to go into the to do to move away from free words WordPress site with advertisements but also supporting the cause of open publishing and open spaces for knowledge sharing.
But we mainly use that as a blog, as a space to share our thoughts and what goes on in a team. And we write a lot of papers, but we usually publish them elsewhere in computing when the limits, for instance, or other arenas. Yes. So that's just a quick snapshot of what we do. I will stop sharing, but I will continue talking where can I stop it?
Confine to stop sharing thing there. I said yes and we we actually formulated a strategy with our space. Maybe it's a bit different from publishing papers, but the purpose was to find like minded people and to communicate what we stand for, communicate our work. And we wanted the audience to be other researchers, but also funding agencies, press activists, colleagues, and also students.
We wanted to use also the space to have for this, for students to be able to interact with us in different ways and see what we're up to. That's about it. I don't think I will say much more. I'm very impressed about the other spaces here because we have chosen a very easy approach to using this space. But of course there's a lot of opportunity is to use it as a publishing platform, which is very exciting, but something we haven't really experimented with yet.
00:26:03:17 - sarah kearns
Yeah, thank you. It's cool to hear the crossover between your group and competing within limits. That's already that's great to have you both both here then now next up, we'll go to global deep sea capacity.
00:26:42:00 - Katie Croft Bell
Thanks, Sarah. Fine. Okay, great. Hi, everyone. My name is Katie Croft Bell, and I am the founder and president of the Ocean Discovery League, a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating deep sea exploration by developing accessible systems to broaden the community of those who explore and understand the deep sea. Because only by observing and understanding the deep ocean can we begin to responsibly manage and conserve the single largest ecosystem on earth. So I learned about PubPub several years ago when I led an initiative called Open Ocean at the MIT Media Lab, which is where I met Travis Rich when he was first developing PubPub Them. At the time, I 100% agreed with the philosophy of open knowledge and publishing and created epub to document all of the research, the expeditions and educational work that my team at Open Ocean did there.
And that's what you see here. I also used PubPub last spring to manage and document a masterclass for a group of 12 fellows training on deep sea expedition planning and leadership as part of the Cobra Project and Bigelow Labs. But I'm actually here not to tell you about those, but to tell you about another pub that was launched just at the beginning of September.
So less than two months ago, the global sorry, the 2022 global deep sea capacity assessment is a baseline assessment of the technical and human capacity for deep sea exploration and research in every coastal area with deep ocean world wide. This is a study on which my team has been working for the last year and a half, and it includes survey and or research data on the deep sea capacity of 186 countries and territories presented as regions and subregions.
And we use paper as the platform for the report. So I'll take you on a brief tour of the site. We use the home page as sort of the table of contents. So you go to the landing page and everything is right there. So first, of course, the executive summary and key findings which highlight the top level results and we have translations, we use the connections feature to include translations of that in Spanish, French and Portuguese.
Preface and introduction of course present the motivation for the assessment and as a benchmark for understanding the current state of deep sea capacity worldwide. This is followed by forwards sharing the perspectives of three prominent ocean advocates. Jacquie Evans of the Cook Islands, Sheena Tama of the Seychelles and the UN Secretary-General, Special Envoy for the Ocean, Ambassador Peter Thompson.
And in the next section we provide high level summaries and full results at the global level, followed by summaries and full results of each of the regions. Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania. And these sections present the overviews and detailed findings related to organizational infrastructure, technical capacity, survey respondents, perspectives on accessibility to deep sea tools, their satisfaction with those tools, and the most significant deep sea challenges and opportunities that each region faces.
And again, each summary is translated excuse me, into Spanish, French and or Portuguese, depending on the major languages of the region presented. Scrolling down, we have conclusions where we highlight those opportunities to increase deep sea exploration and capacity worldwide. Further down, you can see this is sort of the classic report or book structure. We have methods to describe our approach in the data collection and analysis as well as research protocols.
And finally, there's annexes, the authors and contributors, grateful acknowledgments and of course, references. And if you go back up to the top, there are quick links to each of the global and regional summaries. Also in the nav bar, our links to all the translated pubs in Spanish, French and Portuguese. For example, if you click on French, she'll have you'll find the page that has all of the translations for that language.
And back to the home page again, we click on data. We find the information about our GitHub data and figure repositories, and it's also where you'll find information about our Azeri data dashboard, which is coming soon in a couple of months. We're working on that right now. And finally with feedback, you'll find a form for providing feedback and reporting errors.
So why did we use pub pub for this report? Well, really, there were three main reasons. One, as I alluded to before, is the open publishing philosophy. It's open to anyone in the world with an Internet connection they can access all parts of the report segment. We could assign the die so that the pubs are trackable and suitable.
It's not just a PDF that we throw up on our website. And third, it's extensible. So we have when we have updates to the data or the results will be able to publish them without dealing with reprinting or anything like that. And we are in fact working on additional chapters right now, which we hope to post by the end of the year.
So here is the link again in case you missed it and that's all for now and I'm really looking forward to the discussion at the end. Thank you. Yeah, thanks. I feel like.
00:31:53:09 - sarah kearns
Amount that you're doing to make it open compared to the amount of ocean that we have been able to access. It's a interesting dichotomy there. I think that next up, we'll do the San San Antonio Review. Hopefully the presenters is obvious.
00:32:12:21 - William O Pate II
Just a little. Yeah, we so we're probably a little bit different from the other pubs in that we're not quite as academic academia focused or even necessarily as climate justice focused. So it's a big part of what we try to engage in. It's called San Antonio Review because when I started it in 2017, I guess I should start that.
We, we're a literary arts ideas journal. We publish essays, poetry, art reviews, theory and other works. And then we do some print issues, which I'll get into how we try to maintain some climate justice in that. But we're devoted to serving as a gathering space outside of academia, the market in government for writers, artists, scholars, activists, workers, students, parents, independents, dollars, everybody to express their perspectives, our reflections on our shared worlds and help develop future visions of a collective future.
And I will share the screen a little bit. Maybe here we can can you see it is you know, now it is. So here's our community. We started it like many on WordPress and then this occurred one day, like I said, called the San Antonio Review because it started in 2017 when I was in San Antonio. Then I moved back to Austin and then just recently I moved to Montevideo, Uraguray, and which is very sustainable in itself and that it's like 95% renewable energy here.
So at least the energy I'm using for my computer right now is, is renewable. We as far as what need to work here, some of the things that we do for climate mitigation because we recognize how crucial it is, is my father actually converted former family farmland in Alabama to a new growth forest? He went out and actually planted rows and rows of trees by hand and enrolled it in the USDA's Conservation Reserve Program and support for support of climate change mitigation.
So we figure that God should at least cover a little bit of the paper that we put out whenever we publish a new issue and it quite figured out how we do renewable inkjet. So any suggestions on that? Looking forward to hearing. We've also we don't make much money, but we do contribute a piece of it anyway to carbon removal.
And we also, at least when I was in the States and shipping stuff, we used carbon neutral shippers. Some of the we also share a ton of resources, many of them about climate change environment on our resources page for folks. And we of course love to publish climate related, climate, justice, ecological anything of a lot of our entangled world and our journal like one of my favorite pieces recently is this by Yale undergrad Elena Foley about how she should burn down the Peabody or the Biology Museum on the campus, because that's the joke.
Anyway, in the title is about disrupting our situations of preservation is care. There has been the many disasters that struck Texas. I put this together a long timeline of COVID, and then there was the big freeze that happened and just the largely lack of action on the part of the Texas government. When I was there. We've got artists that focus on published works by artists that are focused on climate and we do works by academics on things like the critical race theory debates going on in Texas and now all over the country.
Texas seem to be the hotbed for that kind of stuff. More so many more things to so many things to read and look at and sort of repress in the district. A few books also noting in there that we need to do our best to replenish the resources we're using for publishing those books. And then we also have also remainder tried to be as open as possible with our finances by using open collective so everybody can see just how little money we actually earn.
Somewhere in here it shows that we have like $100 in our account or something. There it is. Today's balance, $102.33. So, yeah. And then of course, social media, we constantly are sharing resources, probably many of your pubs have already been shared on our social media or in our resources page, and if they aren't, they will be added for certain.
And yeah, I'm, I just, I find that main pub pub has been great to us. I think we are probably some of the heaviest users, if only because we publish so often on a generally a weekly basis when we're not on a hiatus or a twice weekly basis or possibly more coming soon. So yeah, I mean that's mine's pretty short and I think we're a little different than the others, but send us your work I guess would be my, my big call and thank everyone else for all of your work and for sharing.
Like I said, we're just a seed hoping like this park down here, you know, we're just a seed, hoping to do our best to spark positive change in the future. So. Well, thank you very much and thank you for having us and take your shots of hydration.
00:39:11:13 - sarah kearns
All right. Thanks, William! I think it goes to show that it's important that, you know, you don't need to be researching carbon emissions or whatever to, you know, support and participate in climate justice. So so thank you. And last up, we have decarbonize in character.
00:39:29:07 - Kyle Dellinger
Yeah, thanks. That's mean. We'll share my screen. I don't have a whole lot to share, but make sure I got the right one. Before I get started, I want to note that I have a document on our community. That is a transcript of my notes today. So if you need that for future reference or for accessibility reasons, it's there for you.
So. Hello everyone. I'm Kyle Dellinger. I'm the digital pedagogy and urban education librarian at Wake Forest University's Smith Reynolds Library and North Carolina. I'm here to share with you a little bit about decarbonizing character, a very small community on paper, but one that I think represents a pretty large idea, at least for us here at Wake Forest. Basically, it's an exciting student publishing collaboration that I supported last spring, and it's a collection of essays by undergraduate students in Environment 302, which was a course called Climate Carbon and Character, taught by Dr. Ryan Justice, who was formerly at Wake Forest and is now at Princeton and who unfortunately couldn't be here today through a course development
grant from the Program for Leadership in Character at Wake Forest, Dr. Jessica's developed Environment 302 to engage students at the intersection of climate and moral, moral virtue. So I'm quoting from the introduction here students explored questions such as To what extent has our use of fossil fuels for heat energy and raw material shaped contemporary conceptions of good character and community?
Have contemporary pursuits of moral virtue and human flourishing contributed to climate change? And if so, what transitions in thought, culture and everyday practice might need to accompany an energy transition away from fossil fuels? So in exploring those questions, students ultimately selected one moral virtue to focus on to explore more in depth for their final essays. And while Ryan had designed the final writing project to be a book, that structure was mostly a pedagogical framing to center students efforts throughout the semester.
And at least initially, there, their essays were never actually intended to be published. However, later in the semester, students saw the fruits of their hard work, and his students eventually asked him if they could pursue actually publishing their essays into a book. Ryan had seen previous examples of work that I'd done with some student publishing, and he reached out to me shortly before the end of the spring semester, and I was really excited to get involved in spite of the very accelerated timeline.
So I threw together a quick prepared workshop where I walked students through the basics of the editor finding royalty free media, educating students on their privacy rights under Ferber, and selecting a Creative Commons license, which is something no one had ever considered before. And so in the course of 75 minutes in that workshop, the students were able to see their essays, which were once Google Docs come to life on this platform.
And when they submitted those works, their essays underwent a peer review adjacent process that would require them to revise their writing and make it more appropriate for public audience. So that was part of Ryan's teaching goal to improve students writing and communication skills. And with Ryan moving to another institution, we're not quite sure what the future holds for this project, but we hope for it to continue in some form.
Part of my own focus on facilitating and part of my own focus is on facilitating open pedagogy projects at Wake Forest, where students are producing work that is intended for use and re-use by future students, essentially closing that loop between course materials, motivation, student work and assessment. I can't speak for Ryan, but part of my own vision for decarbonizing character and projects like it is that they'll become living, enduring works that transcend the time and space boundaries of a traditional classroom and students.
Essays being published and publicly visible can be read, critiqued, annotated and discussed by future students at Wake Forest. Scholars everywhere. And they open licenses, make derivatives, reproductions and adaptations possible in a variety of contexts. And what's more, perhaps flexibility leaves open the possibility of future contributions from students anywhere in the world, with the promise of such a built in audience and the potential for future contributions and re-use.
The idea is that students will be motivated to produce high quality work, allowing instructors to think differently about traditional grading and assessment. So I'll give you a brief tour here. There's only six essays. There were, I think ten students in the class is a very small, very engaged class. And some students opted not to actually go forward with publishing, or maybe they didn't respond to the peer review comments over the summer.
And so those are not published. But some of these and reading them, you forget that you're reading the work of undergraduates. They put so much thought and effort into producing these. And this one in particular, I think is really great bravery in intercut in interconnectivity, this student explores the moral virtue of bravery by examining the mycelial, mycelial network of fungus and comparing that to how we are connected from how we are connected to nature and to each other, and how that connection has been severed.
And we need to reestablish it. We stand any chance of surviving the coming changes. So it's a wonderful platform and I think the students have done a really terrific job with it. You see, they're there in-depth essays. They are not your standard student research project. Students love being able to see the footnotes here. This is something that gave these projects meaning to students.
It made them feel like they're scholars producing work that has meaning, and it does. You know, I think these are really terrific works of scholarship. And I would love for climate scholars that are here in the room to read some of these essays and lead some comments, annotate these works, just to let these students know that they're folks out there seeing their work.
So I think that's all I have. I'm happy to answer questions. Thanks.
00:45:25:14 - sarah kearns
What a beautiful way to end with, like the idea of bravery and, you know, connected communities. So I love that a lot. Maybe it's like a first discussion question we can sort of circle back to sort of Michael's open question about sort of how to encourage folks to publish more sustainably decentralized and sort of what your community does for outreach with regard to supporting alternative, I guess, albeit increasingly more common publishing platforms and modalities.
So I'll sort of open that up to to everybody. And yeah, that's a big question. So maybe we could go a moment to think about. Maybe I'll just ask a.
00:46:26:01 - Michael Dunn
Question about a satellite really briefly and that is maybe specify what I meant by that is that we have a lot of senior academics who either have been through the peer review, the extended process of, you know, they've published X, Y, Z amount of articles and they want to do something different. They're relatively easy to get on board.
But younger academics who are worried about that, you know, I mean just not going by the nefarious typical means that academic publishing allows that some are wary of publishing by a paper which I somewhat understand. But at the same time, you know, you can you can give someone a doorway and say, no one's got to do the work.
You know, this is this is the whole point of this beautiful platform. But I also was just interested in what people would think about sort of the interactive, like Potentiated potentiality of pop up and how other communities have gone about the interactive ness.
00:47:31:09 - Katie Croft Bell
I want to second that question because I haven't used it in that way. The report that we have is really just like, here's what we did and there's sort of a presentation to the world. But I could see, you know, offering ways to publish papers based on the data that we've collected, based on the report that we've published.
So yeah, I would definitely love to hear about some of the other pubs and how you've used it and in the way that Michael's described. I want to I mean, I want to make sure others feel like they can jump in. But I'll.
00:48:14:16 - Catherine Ahern
I'll say, just from the perspective of the Content team that, you know, we love it when we see people using pop up for things other than like just text and one of the services we rolled out is actually to help people create interactive and media for their content. And that's really because we found that a lot of people would like to do that but don't feel like they have the time or it's within the scope of their their publishing plans or even their expertize and don't have that support within their institutions.
So we want to do all we can to to promote that type of use of the platform and just generally communicating information because we think it makes it more accessible and an always. But it is it is something that isn't necessarily a.
00:49:13:13 - William O Pate II
I don't know how we get people to, to do it. I know that h5p works really well. Then I like some great resources now that that works really well. Also, I mean, you can make clickable graphics with each WIP. I think at one point I had created like and I played a whole table of content, so it was like a cover of an issue with clickable table of contents. So yeah, I mean there are ways and I'm, I'm not a developer or designer.
I just, I muddle through and learn these things on my own. So yeah, there, there. I mean, there are stuff out there in the knowledge futures folks. The pub team are always so helpful in that stuff. As for reaching out for people as Sarah well knows, I can't really see them, but I created stickers and magnets on Sticker Mule, and whenever I see somebody's stuff that I really like, I write them a little letter and send to their address at school or wherever, just a handwritten letter saying, I really enjoyed your work.
So you share this with your students or others that you might be interested in publishing with us. And I don't know if it works. I mean, I know we get submissions from people that I'm surprised we get submissions from and from who told them, Hey, my professor told me about you and I don't even remember sending them a letter, but maybe I did, or maybe they saw it on a bulletin board somewhere.
00:51:14:21 - Katie Croft Bell
Coming from Kyle. Kyle, you said that you did a sort of tutorial for your students on how to use PubPub. And while I love pop up and have created three pubs, the not necessarily the easiest thing to get into. So I'm curious if you've documented that or if you know, if there's some way to to access that kind of story.
00:51:41:07 - Kyle Dellinger
Well, I haven't documented it yet, but that's definitely something I want to to create. And I'm actually working with knowledge teachers on another project that will generate some of that documentation for students. But the initial process I did with this class was and it was extremely last minute he came to me right before finals week and students had to come in to a special workshop, and I was just blown away that they actually came in outside of the regular class.
Time to do this shows how motivated they were, but you know, I've been looking for a platform to do student produce work like this for a long time. I don't want to name names, but there are other publishing platforms that will produce really well polished books. But getting the content into those platforms is really difficult and the thing I loved about above is as long as I'm able to set up the submissions process or even just walk them through the process of creating an account, the editor is just like, if you could do a Google doc, you could do a pub.
00:52:47:23 - Carmelo Ignaccolo
Essentially, it's got a very nice, lazy way editor. They actually created their essays and Google Docs and we downloaded them as .docx and then uploaded them and it worked great. But yeah, and thank you for the submissions documentation here. That might be helpful, but yeah. That it it in my experience, it's one of the more streamlined, more straightforward and more accessible platforms for sort of undergraduate work.
00:53:19:17 - Katie Croft Bell
I haven't used others, so I don't have a comparison other than Google Docs.
00:53:26:15 - William O Pate II
Yeah. Yeah. We have gotten so many complaints from writers because they just want to upload and be done with it. And so I've created I mean, I even created an image here telling people, you know, what we're looking for. So feel free to get in touch with me or surf through our stuff. And I think it should be mostly open.
I don't know if that'll help end it or not, but it's definitely run into people. I can't I don't know how to use pub, pub and like, but it's so easy. I used to using just a regular submission portal of some sort, and so I tried to make it as clear as possible. But let me just say, if anybody's worked with OJ's, then pop pub is a walk in the park.
00:54:27:17 - Catherine Ahern
Thank you. William. We take your point. Katie. We do have a documentation site, I have to say, but it's we have to do a lot more.
00:54:37:18 - Aksel Biørn-Hansen
Could I I'm just going to jump in. I, I can't remember the original question, but I posted that in the chat as well. So about outreach and what goes on in our pub at least it's a blog like Space and a lot of other blog like spaces have this way of subscribing to and getting, you know, regular updates.
Of course, you can go in and check the web space, but you have to have a habit of it. Right. But what where? Maybe we haven't found it yet or maybe pop up doesn't support it, but, you know, like RSS feeds or like an email, even if you're even you're not a community member that you can get updates from the community as a way of knowing what's going on.
Or like if you have a new publication or a new set of publications or whatever it is that you could ask a random, anybody can sign up to get news and the updates from the top. Basically that that is something we lack at this moment, even though we have our own email list and everything that we can send out information about is that is something that would make it even better, I think.
But I don't know how you other people do it. And in sharing what you do or you just expect people to come in and have a look.
00:56:26:10 - sarah kearns
Now, that's a great a great point, Catherine. Put in the in the chat that we have this thing called like activity digests, which does email alert admins and managers of the community. But that's a good idea to have an ability to subscribe to different communities and get updates in that way would be that's a good idea and maybe it's something we're working on.
00:56:50:22 - Catherine Ahern
Yeah, you can you can subscribe to two specific pubs and to a community and we can set up RSS feed for you that people can subscribe to.
So just email us after that. So we can we can talk about setting up for your community. That's that's all possible. And I should say, honestly, the biggest requests we get for alerts and kind of email digests is actually from authors and admins to to know, has someone commented on my article or has someone submitted this thing? I've been waiting on for two weeks?
And so it's for us, it's just as much of an administrative and an author tool as it is for building your readership and your community.
So yeah, we're actually working on it and just, you know, email us. And if anyone here is managing that in a different way.
00:57:56:10 - William O Pate II
Yeah. I mean, we use the traditional MailChimp. You know, there are various integrations that will pull from the RSS feed and post to social media for you automatically. There's one that's recurring posts, which is really great because they will actually pull all your RSS, it'll pull your RSS and then you can also set it to actually recurring currently post stuff.
Just don't do that on Instagram or you'll get banned. But for other places it's it's been useful to not have to go in weekly and did that. Yeah that's that's helpful maybe we can find some other solution that can choose to RSS feeds. Yeah. If we could find it, that would be awesome.
Or the pub pub can make it.
00:59:05:10 - Catherine Ahern
Yeah, we’ll build everything.
00:59:05:17 - Michael Dunn
and I mean just I can only speak from, from, from campus's sort of, you know, history of being. We've been up and running for just over a year now and we have an amazing science communication team luckily. So we have we have 2 to 3 people who are who are doing the legwork for us in a team publication.
We luckily have the good job of just getting to publish some amazing work and getting to work with incredible people. But the science communication team in the event team still the legwork for us. So they've got a Twitter feed, they've got a YouTube channel, and they do all of the advertisement for us, basically. And the thing is that it makes a huge difference, I have to say as well, of course, and especially for our peer reviewed journal as well, that made a big impact because we were with a smaller journal, we weren't with a big conglomerate and it's time that open access as well.
But it's still a it's still a classical academic journal with a university press. But what I'm really enjoying about PubPub is the fact that you can you can publish, you can keep the editorial internal so that you say, okay, we want to give certain people more of a voice. You know, that's that's the funny thing about it.
And then we we we send this out to the event team and the science communication team will run it for us, basically through Twitter, through all of the platforms that we have. We have a Slack channel with all the fellows in it, for example, where we will publish and post things that we publish or pop up regularly and update people.
So that might be an idea across, but I'm not sure if that, if that helps you at all in any way. But maybe that might be an idea to look at and always be sure to check for the nonprofit pricing or freeness of certain things. I've noticed that those exist or especially mean that's even you guys can get even better deals.
01:01:05:07 - Aksel Biørn-Hansen
I think. Yeah, that's a that's some good recommendations and I need to go but.
01:01:13:11 - sarah kearns
Yeah I was just going to say I'm in of the of the times so yeah you thank you all for for coming and hopefully we'll see you at the we have another open access week event later this week. If you want to keep the conversations flowing over there, be great to see you all and otherwise. Yeah, thanks again for for coming and going on this journey with us and thank you for all your work.