Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy is a book by Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication at the. Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy by Kathleen Fitzpatrick, forthcoming from NYU Press. Kathleen Fitzpatrick. Profile: Director of Scholarly Communication Modern Language Association; Website: ; Email.

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Untitled Widget Planned Obsolescence: It is often assumed that issues with digital preservation are due to the ephemeral quality of digital artifacts. For this to happen, the press must be integrated within the university and be provided sufficient funding so that its mission is not financially based but, rather, aligns with that of the university.

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Planned Obsolescence has been reviewed or discussed in a number of publications by a range of writers. Director’s Blog “[A] desire for pre-eminence, authority and disciplinary power — is what blogs kathoeen the digital humanities stand against. Included in these practices are three key components: Drawing on a wide-ranging history of and problems in the process of academic peer review, she argues that much of the peer review process is about credentialing rather than about encouraging good ideas.

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I think the argument here between ephemerality and apparent immortality of blogs is missing an important point. Copyright c New York University. She uses MediaCommons as an example of a community-filtered web platform that can function as a site to comment on a draft of scholarly work. Retrieved 19 March I think the argument here between ephemerality and apparent immortality of blogs is missing an important point.

Fitzpatrick points out that this is not entirely correct, illustrating that print text is by no means permanent and digital text is far more permanent than is commonly thought.

For Fitzpatrick, blogshypertextand databases suggest directions in which digital scholarly publishing might move. Facing these issues head-on, Kathleen Fitzpatrick focuses on the technological changes—especially greater utilization of internet publication technologies, including digital archives, social networking tools, and multimedia—necessary to allow academic publishing to thrive into the future. They must be committed to supporting online discussions without dominating them, and they must accept that this will increase the amount of time that they must invest in their writing, both because online discussions require regular participation and because their duration is indeterminate.


For more information on MediaCommons, click here. In addition to focusing on the development of preservation practices through community organization, Fitzpatrick argues that creators of digital artifacts must take steps to ensure the compatibility of their work with preservation efforts, stating: These new interactions may lead to roles for the library, the press, and IT as service units that provide guidance during and add value to the scholarly production process.

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Lastly, Fitzpatrick suggests that these shifting locations and roles of the university press may remove the financial concerns previously restricting their abilities to experiment with new modes of publishing, perhaps allowing presses to explore alternative, more sustainable and open publishing models, including open access publishing. The digital age offers us a chance to exit the ivory tower and engage in more meaningful collaborations with peers and a more inclusive dialogue with readers.

Following this restructuring, Fitzpatrick suggests that the mission of the university may be further strengthened by creating new partnerships and modes of operation between the university librarythe IT department, and the university press. Fitzpatrick conceptualizes scholarship as an ongoing conversation between scholars that can only continue if participants have the means to contribute to it.

In this rethinking, the press has a future as the knowledge-disseminating organ of the university.

One reviewer deemed her proposal “riddled with flaws”, [14] while another reviewer commended the public scholarship potential of such an open method. With digital publishing, Mathleen envisions a shift in the accepted conception of authorship from a solitary enterprise with a definite endpoint in the creation of the text to one of writing within a community as part of an ongoing process.

Publishing, Technology and the Future of the Academy 1st ed. In a time of unfavorable economic conditions, Fitzpatrick suggests that the ditzpatrick may continue to fulfill its role in these endeavors only by rethinking its mission and repurposing its operational units.

Two years before publication Planned Obsolescence was openly peer-reviewed online at MediaCommons Press.

Portions of chapter 1 were presented as part of an online conference held at Interdisciplines. Retrieved from ” https: This text may be distributed in part or in whole on condition that 1 distributed text is not sold, whether or not such sale is “for profit” and 2 distributed text bears this notice in full.

New York University Press is proud to make many of our titles available in eBook editions. Reviews “At a time of great uncertainty about the future of the humanities, this informed and stimulating book buzzes with excitement for the opportunities that digital technology can offer to humanities researchers Views Read Edit View history. Texts documents, e-books, pages hypertext database-driven scholarship reading and the communications circuit commentpress and beyond Four: In particular, her critique of the traditional mores of academic publication, whereby texts are first reviewed by colleagues and only published if they meet certain criteria, lacks clear “requirements for a proposed alternative system”.


Planned Obsolescence Kathleen Fitzpatrick 1 December Each vendor has its own pricing and delivery policies. To be viable, this would require institutional acknowledgement that this kind of work is as valuable as the traditional scholarly monograph, and also the participation of the scholarly community in a gift economy with their work.

Listen to an interview with the author on The Critical Lede podcast here. So the networked space of blogs can help stave off obsolescence but it is still a reality that most will become obsolete just like many academic books if not just a little bit slower.

To support her argument for social solutions, Fitzpatrick examines several successful projects concerned with the development of text markup, metadata, and access standards and practices including TEIDOIand LOCKSS and shows that each is based in the creation of a community organization that values openness and extensibility.

Universities must recognize that their mission is, in addition to the production of knowledge, the communication of knowledge. Comments are closed 0 Comments on the whole Page.

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Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy”. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. But she goes further, insisting that the key issues that must be addressed are social and institutional in origin.

The loss of access to digital texts or their interpretability, sometimes due to incompatibility between older media formats and newer platforms, is mistakenly perceived as the loss of digital texts themselves.

Houman Barekat in the Los Angeles Review of Books described Fitzpatrick’s reluctance to understand authorship as an effect of technologies and processes of production as “a sobering antidote to the vulgar technological determinism that characterizes so much of the hype around the digital revolution.

Texts documents, e-books, pages hypertext database-driven scholarship reading and the communications circuit commentpress and beyond Four: Authorship authorship and technology the rise of the author the death of the author from product to process from individual to collaborative from originality to remix from intellectual property to the gift economy from kathlren to… something more Three: