21.303 new online publications

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2007 07:18:34 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 21, No. 303.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

   [1] From: "H.M. Gladney" <hgladney_at_pacbell.net> (6)
         Subject: Typo in DDQ 6(3) announcement

   [2] From: ubiquity <ubiquity_at_HQ.ACM.ORG> (16)
         Subject: Ubiquity 8.41

   [3] From: "Shana M Kimball" <kimballs_at_umich.edu> (140)
         Subject: JEP Volume 10.3 now online

         Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2007 06:36:35 +0100
         From: "H.M. Gladney" <hgladney_at_pacbell.net>
         Subject: Typo in DDQ 6(3) announcement

Corrected web address in, "The latest number of the Digital Document
Quarterly is available at

Cheerio, Henry

H.M. Gladney,
Ph.D. <http://home.pacbell.net/hgladney>

         Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2007 06:37:18 +0100
         From: ubiquity <ubiquity_at_HQ.ACM.ORG>
         Subject: Ubiquity 8.41

This Week in Ubiquity:

Volume 8, Issue 41

October 16, 2007 =96 October 22, 2007

RKPianGraphSort: A Graph Based Sorting Algorith

Sorting means arranging a set of records (or a
list of keys) in some (increasing or decreasing)
order. Professor Rajat K. Pal of the University
of Calcutta's Department of Computer Science and
Engineering proposes a graph based comparison
sorting algorithm, designated as RKPianGraphSort,
that takes time THETA(n 2) in the
worst-case, where n is the number of records in
the given list to be sorted. An interesting article.


         Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2007 06:38:10 +0100
         From: "Shana M Kimball" <kimballs_at_umich.edu>
         Subject: JEP Volume 10.3 now online

Dear JEP readers:

We are pleased to announce the publication of the newest issue of the
Journal of Electronic Publishing
<http://www.journalofelectronicpublishing.org/> . Below the signature I've
included our Editor's Note, which highlights some of what you'll find in
our latest issue. I also want to draw your attention to some new features
on the JEP site.

-We've added an RSS feed for new issues. You may click on the feed button
on the home page to subscribe, or copy and paste this URL into your

-The back issues of JEP are now on the new JEP site! This means that the
full run (all 10 volumes!) of JEP can now be searched by full text,
author, and title. Browse by title and author is also available. A
comprehensive list of issues can be found at

As always, thank you for your interest and support, and please spread the

Best regards,
Shana Kimball

Shana Kimball
Managing Editor, JEP
Scholarly Publishing Office
University of Michigan Library

Editor's Note
--Judith Turner

We've been discussing the future of e-books among
ourselves at JEP, and are coming to the reluctant
(at least to us, bibliophiles all) conclusion
that with the advent of electronic publishing, a
whole class of print books should be on its way out.

One of my colleagues says that book excerpts,
chapters, and even many monographs would work
fine as long articles. Another thinks that with
the slicing and dicing most of us do in research,
we tend to make our own books out of the material that interests us.

I find that many monographs are just a
convenience, a series of ideas linked together,
sometimes somewhat tenuously, sometimes raggedly,
by the convention of "book" =97 the printing and
sale of a collection of ideas. Many of those
books bring to mind one of those famous lines,
repeated in various fashions by people like
Thoreau, Pascal, and Nietzsche, about how if you
have more time you can write shorter. How many
ideas need book-length treatment? How many could
be long theses, tractates, or essays, but are
pushed to 200-400 pages because publishers have a
problem selling "slim" volumes?

Perhaps e-books are the harbinger of fewer books.
If a publisher can sell two "themes" in a
collection of "e-books" rather than one "book,"
might not that collection seem more important, and therefore more valuable?

When an issue of JEP provokes such thinking, I
think it's a winner. I expect you will, too.
Here's a rundown of what you will find in Volume
10, issue 3 of The Journal of Electronic
Publishing <http://www.journalofelectronicpublishing.org/>.

Kathleen Fitzpatrick's New (Social) Structures
for New (Networked) Texts makes the point that
electronic publishing is fundamentally a social
process, which takes it miles from the paper
publishing that she says creates the =93bookness of
the book.=94 It's an intriguing thesis, and one
that is explored from different directions.
Kathleen is accepting comments on the paper at

One of those explorers is John Dawson, a
professor at the University of Guelph. In
Electronic Publishing as Course Content, he
explains how he devotes part of his Protein and
Nucleic Acid Structure course to giving
undergraduates an idea of what it is like to
publish in the electronic environment. For
Dawson's students, the scientific process has a
strong communication element=97and it's been an
eye-opener for them. Not surprisingly, it is the
process of publishing electronically, and not the
writing itself, that seems to most intrigue
students. There may be a message here.

Students in journalism schools also need to
understand e-publishing, and Rick Musser and
Staci Martin-Wolfe have found that a
blog-publishing package allows them to teach the
fine points of writing, reporting, and
communicating on line, again with a strong
interactive element. They describe their approach
in Blogs as a Student Content Management System.

In their literature review, Lynn Silipigni
Connaway and Heather L. Wicht attempt to answer
the question What Happened to the E-Book
Revolution? Their exposition of how e-books have
fared in library collections show that the
acceptance has been more gradual than many
predicted. I wonder if that is because =93books=94
are something else when they are electronic.

Mark Sandler, Kim Armstrong, and Bob Nardini
probe that same question from the point of view
of the market factors that influence the adoption
of e-books in Market Formation for E-Books:
Diffusion, Confusion or Delusion?, and conclude,
in part, that the merchandise and the medium are
not yet well matched. http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.3336451.0010.310

Perhaps, writes Matthew Mayernik, it's because we
haven't adequately exploited the possibilities of
e-publishing. He looks at what journals have done
to exploit the electronic environment=97and
concludes in Electronic Features in e-Journals
that it's not much. http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.3336451.0010.307

Laura Brown, Rebecca Griffiths, and Matthew
Rascoff's University Publishing in a Digital Age,
a report from Ithaka about the relationships of
university presses, libraries, and their home
institutions, is re-published in this issue of
JEP. The report is also available at
http://www.ithaka.org/ as a pdf file, and in a
"commentable" version at http://www.scholarlypublishing.org/ithakareport/ .

In Redefining Scholarly Publishing as a Service
Industry, Paul Peters says perhaps we're going
about it backwards. He suggests that publishers
should be selling to authors the editing,
publication, promotion, and distribution of their
articles, and giving the product away free
electronically. http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.3336451.0010.309

Finally, our own John Cords reviews two books on
Google, The Google Story, by David Vise and Mark
Malseed, and Google and the Myth of Universal
Knowledge, by Jean-No=EBl Jeanneney, and concludes
that the truth about this 9-year-old phenomenon
is probably somewhere in between. See his Review
for a trenchant analysis and insight into how the
founders of Google have gotten to the point where
they are affecting the future of the book.

Received on Wed Oct 17 2007 - 02:31:38 EDT

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.2.0 : Wed Oct 17 2007 - 02:31:39 EDT