It is at least ironic that my first peer-reviewed article ‘Sniffing the City: Issues of Sousveillance in Innercity London’ is released to the public during Open Access Week. One of the promoters, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), writes: Academic research would be free to access and available under an open license that would legally enable the kind of sharing that is so crucial for enabling scientific progress.
My so much-awaited paper has been locked in a secure database, fostering anonymous peer reviewing, for TWENTY TWO months (22 months), from the moment it was submitted. Now, I am told that this is more or less the average (quarter more or less).
Publishers argue that this is due to: 1. ensure quality of publications; 2. protect author’s rights.
1. It is true, my paper needed much more work to bring it up to the level of writing expected from an academic publication. But, if that paper was freely accessible it would receive feedback from an online and departmental community. I would have improved that paper so much quicker! Moreover, this system can only stand because of the FREE labour of academics who provide feedback in the form of peer reviews.
2. All my stuff – including this very blog post – are published under Creative Commons, it is CopyLeft. So I really don’t understand why major publishers keep sending me invitation to pay an extortion fee of thousand of pounds to ensure open access to my article! To unlock my supposed CopyRight?!
I think this is a false system and really needs to be changed. Only reason for it to be in place is that publishers have created and supported a metrics system of referencing, scoring, and sales that feeds into academic CVs, employment, league tables, etc…It has absolutely nothing to do with the above reasons. Unfortunately, I suspect, many academics are happily complacent with this system…
Getting published during Open Access Week really sucks!
After being locked up for 22 months in the anonymous peer-review process of a global multinational of knowledge (Routledge), my article on the experimental practice of CCTV hacking in the streets of Deptford has finally been released! [...]
Walking past the Ha’ Penny Bridge on the lovely Deptford Creek, I stopped chatting with Alberto (I made this name up). He was erasing a giant graffiti tag on behalf of Lewisham Council.
Alberto shows me the mobile camera provided by the council. He takes a snapshot of the graffiti and somehow tags it on the LoveLewisham
Been published on-line today by Routledge, Visual Studies 29.3.
Since the labour (mine) is absolutely free, actually I had to thank them many times for the opportunity, let me convert this into some kind of capital, self-promotion and marketing ad personam…
Conference papers and journal articles can be made available for a large public with a simple and elegant solution, such as this on-line cloud service or this one.
The first service is my favourite one since it converts your pdf in HTLM5, a format free from the Adobe Flash copyright restrictions.
An example of this is my 2009 conference paper at Goldsmiths:
I now use a webservice which converts my pdf files into HTLM5. This can be done online in their cloud space or you can download the software for free (only Windows and Mac, though). For instance, my paper at the International Visual Sociology Association conference in Bologna in 2010 [...]
Finally out two on-line publications which I had the privilege to collate and design on behalf of the Centre for Migrants, Refugees, and Belonging (CMRB) at the University of London: [...]
Following #TurkeyBlockedTwitter, #googlednsblocked, and similar hash tags, here is my narrative of hacking as a mundane cultural practice. Also featuring, graffiti, bank notes & other material communication tricks, professional hackers and internet house-comfies, network maps and statistics on traffic… Certainly, more to come soon. [...]
This excellent post on weburbanist reminded me of an early photographic project of mine: “Signal Lost: the Space Beneath”. It was conceived during a major replacement of early Victorian water pipes on the eve of the Olympics.
As the visual research proceeded, it showed in more details (or better, hinted at) the intricate networks of pipes, cables, and wires… [...]
Out on Visual Studies (Routledge) my review of: Underberg, Natalie M. Digital Ethnography: Anthropology, Narrative, and New Media. 1st ed. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2013.