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Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Spring 2015

Ada at CNI 2015

Screen Shot 2015-05-31 at 6.34.39 PMThe Fembot Collective made an appearance at this year’s Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Spring 2015 conference; Karen Estlund, Sarah Hamid, and Bryce Peake presented on the successes, failures, growths, and lessons of Fembot’s open access, peer reviewed journal: Ada: a Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology.

The talk was extremely well received and attended, giving us an opportunity to share with our colleagues what it’s been like over the last few years producing a feminist-oriented journal committed to open and free access, open peer review, and multi-modal content; essentially, pushing back against the boundaries of traditional academic journals and scholarship.

Presentation Details

CNI Spring 2015
Seattle, WA; April 13-14, 2015

Presentation Title
Publishing Ada: A retrospective look at the first three years of an open peer review multi-modal journal

Presentation Abstract
Screen Shot 2015-05-31 at 6.34.23 PMAt the CNI spring 2012 meeting, we presented on a new collaborative journal publishing project from The Fembot Collective and the University of Oregon (UO) Libraries, Ada: a Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology. The Fembot Collective is a collaborative of feminist media scholars, producers, and artists engaged with the intersection of new media & technology and scholarly communication. One aspiration of this project was to reclaim the means of scholarly production through a community-centered model of open peer review and multi-modal publication processes. As a work in progress, Ada has continuously evolved to meet the needs of diverse authors, readers, and commentators. In the face of changing scholarly communication practices, the Fembot and library collaboration offers an alternative system of open-access publication and review that recaptures academic production structures in favor of cross-disciplinary, multi-modal, collaborative knowledge. Our community standards state that “responding is political work” emphasizing a space that demands constant redirection and active participation by its collaborators in order to generate new expressions of feminist open-access scholarship over time. Now in our third year of publication and working on our ninth issue, the we will review lessons learned about audience, production, infrastructure, design and assessment. We will discuss the ways in which our intervention has been transformed by, while also transforming, discussions about participatory media, open and collaborative peer review, production costs, and the intersections of technical and intellectual labor.

Presentation Slides: http://www.slideshare.net/kestlund/publishing-ada