What is Electronic Publishing?

Already firmly established in the consumer sector, electronic publishing is redefining the boundaries between print and digital, still image and video, passive and interactive. Modern digital workflows support almost any form in which content might appear, from traditional print to digital, web, video, and even interactive content. Building in the full spectrum of potential publishing avenues — print, web, video, mobiles and tablets, and interactives — from the beginning is not only a way to streamline production overall, but also to increase the reach of the materials produced by leveraging the content over a wide range of media. If the first revolution in electronic publishing was making publishing platforms accessible to anyone, the next phase is the linking of these platforms together to produce new combinations and new types of content. New concepts like the Online Scholarly Catalog Initiative (OSCI) and Responsive Design will allow that content to be easily archived as well as ported to any device.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • Significant cost savings for students who currently are required to spend hundreds of dollars on print textbooks. Customisation and co-creation of electronic texts. Flexibility for students with diabilities, eg read out loud by computer or printed in Braille. (- cpaterso cpaterso Feb 14, 2014)
  • In research education there are many new possibilities opened up by these developments - in particular taking ownership of the publishing process and making outcomes of research available in multiple formats - open data in particular. - inger.mewburn inger.mewburn Feb 19, 2014
  • materials published electronically are inevitably going to dominate higher education, where the focus is on the information and ideas that this makes more accessible, particularly when combined with better information analysis and use tools (virtual assistants etc.) that help us identify elements within books - rhetorical structures, meta-analysis, data sets etc. - not just text matching/searching. - stephen.marshall stephen.marshall Feb 20, 2014
  • Is there any other way to publish in the 21st century? - sherman.young sherman.young Feb 22, 2014

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • Copyright laws are out of date. Collaborative authorship opens both opportunities and challenges. More potential for plagiarism. (- cpaterso cpaterso Feb 14, 2014)
  • Some students still prefer paper text books (for a variety of reasons including resale opportunity). - s2.vaughan s2.vaughan Feb 18, 2014
  • There are practical difficulties with formating open data for real sharing and re-use. Convincing scholars to engage in this technology can be tricky as many are quite stuck in their paper ways... - inger.mewburn inger.mewburn Feb 19, 2014
  • Using electronic materials is still cumbersome - making notes, extracting key passages, building personal knowledgebases that drive new creative works. We need to evolve past models of publishing and access that are driven by traditional book and library understanding and scarcity of access to models which embrace connectivity and reuse, and enhance discovery and surprise. - stephen.marshall stephen.marshall Feb 20, 2014
  • It's still a lot of work to do this properly. And very few academic staff have the skill or the will. And whilst electronic versions of traditional journals are commonplace, there is little research recognition for more collaborative and innovative academic publishing - sherman.young sherman.young Feb 22, 2014
  • Traditional book publishers are still a long way from a successful e-pub model, insisting on PDF-ed style books. Perhaps the focus on e-publishing might be better described as focusing on a platform that brings together a variety of sources (text, video, audio), with collaborative learning platforms and linked to rich educational resources available online - a completely different model of the traditional "book" to an online learning experience eg. middleware - c.macken c.macken Feb 23, 2014c.macken

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • It would be a shame if electronic publishing was just more of the same textbooks online. Potential for student co-creation of customised open source resources. (- cpaterso cpaterso Feb 14, 2014)
  • If datasets can be shared and re-used students can test analysis methods before beginning data collection. A very valuable learning experience and one which might save a lot of time and heartbreak too - inger.mewburn inger.mewburn Feb 19, 2014
  • Ultimately, students and teachers are going to have to move beyond current models of information use that are still very much dominated by proxies for authority such as editorial review, to models that see value determined more fluidly or emerging from collaboration and engagement with more openly produced work. Much of the current scholarly publishing model is driven by one solution to the problem of ranking reputations - modern technologies provide many alternatives. - stephen.marshall stephen.marshall Feb 20, 2014
  • Should be much more than textbooks online. Technologies are getting better. The academic culture still needs work.- sherman.young sherman.young Feb 22, 2014

(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • University of Newcastle has deliberate policy of building e-book collection as opposed to investment in physical books. - stephen.marshall stephen.marshall Feb 20, 2014
  • Knowledge Unlatched - not entirely digital but has ebook component (international, with a number of Australian universities signed up for the pilot) - andrea.mclagan andrea.mclagan Feb 22, 2014
  • Imperial College Melbourne - an example of Middleware instead of an LMS. It is built with Wordpress code but hosted by the university and they have built the various plugins for their lecture capture, student email – files for both academics and students are managed through a dropbox plugin – not something we can achieve without ICT. It basically configures according to what course the student in enrolled in. Academic staff have access to the various systems that plug into the space but essentially do not control the subject space as a whole, that is configured when the student logs in. It is quite a different way to think about the LMS – as a student site firstly and a whole of course approach. It is still quite basic, but the college have been developing and adding to its functionality each year. - c.macken c.macken Feb 23, 2014cmacken

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