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MemberChristopher Daley

Christopher Daley is a lecturer, researcher and writer. He holds a PhD in English from the University of Westminster and previously studied at Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of Southampton. Christopher also works for Brunel University London as Research Publications Officer in the Library’s Scholarly Communication Office. Christopher’s research interests primarily focus on the ways in which the Cold War has been represented in popular culture, with a particular interest in science fictional responses to nuclear technology. Alongside this, and in conjunction with his work in scholarly communication, Christopher has a long-standing interest in open access publishing, open scholarship and digital humanities. Christopher has extensive experience of teaching in higher education as well as a detailed understanding of current and emerging issues in scholarly communication. He has also volunteered time for the educational podcast organisation, Pod Academy, gaining experience in producing, presenting and scripting radio productions.

DepositBuilding a Better Back-End: Editor, Author, & Reader Tools for Scholarly Multimedia

This Level II Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant proposal would support building an editorial management system and reader tools for scholarly multimedia, a unique form of digital scholarship. This prototype will be built on the open-source, editorial management system Open Journal System (OJS), which has been widely adopted but currently only handles the editorial process for digitized print scholarship. This prototype would create plug-ins for OJS so that it could manage the multimedia-intensive portions and unique review systems inherent in scholarly multimedia.

DepositInterfacing Cultural Rhetorics: A History and a Call

This essay responds to recent exigencies that ask scholars to honor histories of cultural rhetorics, engage in responsible and responsive cultural rhetorics conversations, and generate productive openings for future inquiry and practice. First, the authors open by paying homage to scholarship and programs that have made cultural rhetorics a disciplinary home. Next, they consider the varied ways in which “culture” and “rhetoric” interface in cultural rhetorics scholarship. The authors provide case studies of how cultural rhetorics inquiry shapes their scholarship across areas of rhetoric, composition, and technical communication. Finally, they close by discussing the ethics of doing cultural rhetorics work.

DepositPublic Scholarship in Practice and Philosophy

This piece offers several threads that bind an ideal together: there are practical actions to increase the public-ness of scholarship, increasingly compelling reasons to adopt an outward-orientation, as well as many challenges to performing public scholarship in higher education. We propose that a more public scholarly practice can be sought through the dissemination of research products, the processes by which research and scholarship are conducted, opening pedagogy beyond the classroom, developing soft skills as a public intellectual, and increasing visibility with/in communities.

MemberMicah Vandegrift

As the Open Knowledge Librarian at NCSU Libraries, Micah builds programs, initiatives, and communities around the idea that “open” is a core and defining principle of our current era. Micah serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, and will be a 2018-2019 Fulbright-Schuman Fellow studying open research practices and infrastructure in The Netherlands and Denmark.

DepositAaron Swartz’s Legacy (Academe, 2014)

“It’s time to…declare our opposition to this private theft of public culture,” wrote computer programmer and internet activist Aaron Swartz in his “Guerilla Open Access Manifesto” (2008). Swartz was criticizing the privatization of scholarship already in the public domain, and seeking ways to make this work accessible to everyone. This essay examines Swartz’s open access vision, and traces the challenges he faced in carrying out his dream. I trace how digital technologies have shifted the boundaries of the scholarly community and outline how we can return scholarship past and present to the public domain.