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The Open-Access World of Scholarly Multimedia

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This presentation will provide a brief history of scholarly multimedia-based publishing in open-access journals over the last 25 years. From that history, Vega — a new academic publishing platform built specifically for born-digital, multimedia-rich publishing — was created. Vega will be demoed, focusing on its authoring capabilities in structured data, multiple (open and closed) peer review options, genre-agnostic publishing workflows, and more. If you or scholars you know have felt trapped by the constraints of other publishing systems, Vega might free you to do what you want.

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Cheryl E. Ball is Director of the Digital Publishing Collaborative at Wayne State University Library. Since 2006, Ball has been editor of the online peer-reviewed open-access journal Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, which exclusively publishes digital media scholarship. Her recent research in editorial workflows and digital publishing infrastructures can be found in multiple journals and edited collections, as well as on her personal repository, http://ceball.com. She is the Project Director for Vega, an open-access multimedia academic publishing platform, and serves as the executive director of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.

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The American University Library’s Colloquium on Scholarly Communication features experts from both American University and the larger academic community presenting on challenges for academia in the twenty-first century. The Colloquium encompass a variety of topics that present challenges and opportunities to scholars and scholarly institutions, from the complexities of open access publishing to methods of cultural preservation in a digital-first age. Small-group presentations allow faculty and administrators from all disciplines and levels to engage with speakers regarding these key issues shaping the University’s future.

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