• HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory Joins Friends of Open Folklore; Now Searchable at OF Portal Site
    Posted on Thu, 05/10/2012 - 1:56pm

    The Open Folklore Project is pleased to announce that HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory
    is now a Friend of Open Folklore and is discoverable using Open Folklore search.
    Launched in the fall of 2011, HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory is "an international peer-reviewed, open-access online journal which aims to situate ethnography as the prime heuristic of anthropology, and return it to the forefront of conceptual developments in the discipline." HAU is published by a consortium of parters known as the Network for Ethnographic Theory (HAU-N.E.T.). The current partners are the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, France), the University of Sydney (Australia), the   University of Manchester (UK), the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands), the    Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Institute of Social Anthropology, Oslo University, and the Department of Anthropology of the University of Canterbury (NZ).
    HAU's Editor-in-Chief is Giovanni da Col of the University of Cambridge.
    Because HAU is published using Open Journal Systems, a publishing platform that works with the Open Archives Initiative-Protocols for Metadata Harvesting, it is a relatively simple technical matter to set up a harvesting routine than results in all new content published by HAU (and other Friends of Open Folklore) becoming searchable via the Open Folklore search tool.

    HAU is an exciting new publishing effort in the ethnographic disciplines, one that Open Folklore is happy to be partnering with. Like OF, the HAU team is eager to develop new approaches for increasing the reach and impact of ethnographic scholarship. Congratulations to the HAU team on their successful journal launch last fall and, more recently, on the establishment of a companion Masterclass Series.

  • Open Folklore Discussed as Part of UMN Forum on Open Research and Learning
    Posted on Thu, 05/10/2012 - 1:54pm

    The Open Folklore project was one of a number of projects discussed at a recent event hosted by the University of Minnesota Libraries, with co-sponsorship from the UMN Department of Anthropology. The event was titled Open Research and Learning: Collaboration, Connections and Communities and it focused on the social side of open access, open educational resources, and open research architectures and collaborations.
    In his remarks, OF team member Jason Baird Jackson discussed not only OF, but also the social nature of research-focused group blogs and the implications of new journal publishing strategies such as those central to the PressForward project and its associated Digital Humanities Now and Journal of Digital Humanities efforts.
    Amazing presentations were offered by Doug Armato (Director of the University of Minnesota Press, focusing on the transformation of university presses in the context of shifts to open access approaches to scholarly communication), David Ernst (Director of Academic and Information Technology for the UMN College of Education and Human Development, describing the UMN's new open textbook project) and Lucy Fortson (Associate Professor, UMN School of Physics and Astronomy, discussing remarkably successful open data-based citizen science collaborations, particularly the Galaxy Zoo project and related Zooniverse projects). UMN Copyright Librarian Nancy Sims moderated the panel.
    For those who are interested in a recap of the event, Barbara Fister has offered one in a new essay published at Inside Higher Education. She starts from the substance of the panel and proceeds to offer reflections on the nature of undergraduate learning and research in a changing information environment. Find her essay in Inside Higher Education.

    The basic information on the event is available from the UMN Library website.

  • General Lessons from the Open Folklore Project are the Focus of Recent Paper by Jason Jackson
    Posted on Fri, 02/10/2012 - 12:53pm

    The Open Folklore Project's Outreach Lead Jason Baird Jackson has recently circulated a version of the paper that he delivered at the 2011 American Anthropological Association meetings in Montreal. The essay "Another World is Possible: Open Folklore as Library-Scholarly Society Partnership" was initially presented as part of the panel "Digital Anthropologies: Projects and Projections" and is now available on Jackson's website. In it, he argues for pursuing the opportunities that exist for scholarly societies and libraries to partner directly together to reshape the scholarly communication system in more sustainable and democratic ways. The paper characterizes the Open Folklore project as an example of such work that is already underway.