• 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.


  • Barbara Fister Highlights Open Folklore in an Essay on the Future of Libraries
    Posted on Fri, 01/13/2012 - 12:51pm

    In an essay reflecting on the future of Libraries, written for Library Journal ("The Shock of the Old"), Barbara Fister has highlighted Open Folklore as one of many signs pointing to the kind of future that librarians and scholars want to build together. She writes:
    I am encouraged by the launch of new platforms like PressForward and PressBooks and Annotum that seem to be popping up everywhere, creative and simple engines for publishing in new ways. I’m excited by Open Folklore and Invisible Australians and other projects that see openness as a feature, not a bug. Just as traditional publishers are gearing up for a digital future that limits access artificially to protect profits, innovative scholars are dreaming up new ways to share academic work.
    Barbara has been one of the closest observers of the Open Folklore project. Her encouragement and feedback, especially in the context of her larger surveys of what is happening in libraries and scholarly communication have been invaluable. Her regular essays for Library Journal and Inside Higher Education are a major resource.