Network Ecologies

Collaborative Research and Knowledge Exchange

Built on existing collaborations as all consortium members are already involved in relevant networks whose members will be invited as key interlocutors, the research network is designed to complement and amplify the work of a Stakeholder Advisory Group through real-time online and social media exchanges with actors interested in the project, includes online features for remote participation. The peer-to-peer format acknowledges the central role played by informal structures of information exchange in academic research and frames its communication, dissemination and outreach activities.

Suggested members of the research network include: Alliance for Networking Visual Culture; Corridor8; CREATe; Electronic Information for Libraries Network (EIFL); Eurozine; FreeWord Centre (London and Oslo); Hybrid Publishing Consortium; if:book - Institute for the Future of the Book; Institute of Cultural Capital; IT4Arts (WCIT); Leonardo Electronic Almanac (Goldsmiths); metaLAB (Harvard U); Mozilla Foundation; Participatory Culture Foundation; Photomuseum Winthertur; Public Library; Open Library (; Royal College of Art; SALT Online; Scalar; School of Open, P2P University / Creative Commons; Storyful - Social Media News Agency; Tate Liverpool; Visual Arts in Liverpool, ZKM; The Public School; Mute; Merve Verlag; Nätverkstan; May Day Rooms; Open Syllabus Project; and the Centre for Disruptive Media - Coventry University.

The current research team brings significant expertise to the project in the fields of database architectures, digital publishing, design research, media theory, software development, transmedia narratives, user experience design, and cultural analysis. Given this cross-disciplinary approach, potential academic beneficiaries will be distributed across the disciplinary spectrum; not only those located in traditional (institutional) research settings but also those active across the creative industries, government, media, and civil society, since the transformation of academic publishing affects and involves a wide range of individual and institutional actors with different cultural, economic, political, and technological stakes in the future of the academic book.

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