Documentary Film Screening: Paywall: The Business of Scholarship (2018)

Paywall documentary film promotional poster


In anticipation of Open Access Week 2018 (October 22-28 2018), we’d like to invite you to a free and public screening of the documentary film Paywall: The Business of Scholarship (dir. and prod. Jason Schmitt, 2018) at City, University of London, on Wednesday 17 October 2018 from 17:30.

This event is public and free but requires registration:


Trailer 1 for Paywall: The Business of Scholarship embedded below:

Watch this and other trailers for the film at

The screening will be introduced by Yours Truly and hopefully followed by discussion, either there or at the pub.

For other screenings at universities worldwide, keep an eye on the listings at

HCID Research Seminar: Making Parables of Care

Simon Grennan, Disposession

HCID Research Seminar: Making Parables of Care – Presenting creative responses to dementia care in comic book form

Friday 17 November 2017, 1:00-1:50 PM, A214

Dr Simon Grennan (University of Chester) will present at the HCID Research Seminar series at City, University of London (College Building, Room A214) tomorrow Friday 17 November at 1pm.

All welcome. If you are not a member of City, University of London and would like to join us for this seminar, please contact for further details.

This seminar will discuss the practical rationale, theorisation and production of Parables of Care, a new 16-page colour comic book, which presents creative responses to dementia care, as told by carers, derived from a group of existing case studies available at

Parables of Care is an impact project of the Centre for HCID, City, University of London, the University of Chester and Douglas College, Canada. Distributed as free hard copies and a free download to carers and those engaged in debates about dementia care, the book investigates the ways in which specific habits of reading comics can be activated in order to engage readers emotionally, as well as informatively, concerning the challenges of caring for people with dementia.

Full info at

If you are not a member of City, University of London and would like to join us for this seminar, please contact for further details.

Parables of Care can be downloaded as a PDF file, under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, from City Research Online:

If you live in the UK you can request printed copies at no cost here.

Pint of Science: Comics, Humans and Technology in the Pub! 16 May 2017

I am pleased to announce I will participate at the following Pint of Science event:

Humans and technology: in life and in death

Tuesday 16 May 2017

Doors open 6.30 PM, Event 7.00 PM – 9.30 PM

The Artillery Arms 102 Bunhill Row,
London EC1Y 8ND

Come along and live it up – it’ll be dead fun.  The function room is on the first floor, with no wheelchair access.

Technology is everywhere. Its involvement in our world changes across the lifespan. This evening will explore some of the ways researchers are applying different technologies as we age. You’ll hear how technology can be used both as we live and as we die. Expert speakers from City, University of London will introduce you to a world of smart homes, virtual rehabilitation and mobile phone autopsies – a world where online comics are being used to make sense of both life and death.

Full programme info and registration at

Hope to see you there!

Digital Humanities/Humanidades Digitales/Informatica Umanistica, Rome, 20 April 2017

I am looking forward to participating in the event titled “Digital Humanities/Humanidades Digitales/Informatica Umanistica. An Intercultural Dialogue” that will take place on Thursday 20 April 2017 in Rome, at the Political Science Department of the Università degli Studi Roma Tre.

This event has been organised by Domenico Fiormonte, who like me is a member of the Knowmetrics research project based at the Medialab at the Universidad de Granada, led by Esteban Romero Frías. (For a sample of my ongoing collaboration with Domenico, please see

The speakers at this event will be

  • Barbara Bordalejo, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
  • Manuel Salamanca, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
  • Teresa Numerico, Università Roma Tre.
  • Manuel Portela, Universidade de Coimbra.
  • Ernesto Priani, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
  • Ernesto Priego, City, University of London.
  • Esteban Romero Frías, Universidad de Granada.
  • Nuria Rodríguez, Universidad de Málaga.
  • Amelia Sanz, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

I am hoping to make a contribution from the vantage point of human-computer interaction design applied to the digital humanities as critique and development of alternative, fairer, more open forms of scholarly publishing and assessment. The multilingual, multicultural, multidisciplinary nature of the event should allow for a diverse and thoughtful exchange of perspectives and knowledge sharing.

The event’s abstract and key info can be found below.

The so-called “Digital Humanities” are nowadays more and more spread at international level; institutionally, on the one hand, considering the raising of new centres and organisations, or taking into account the allocation of resources and the financing of the research, on the other, since the “digital” is turning into a privileged component of the project.

Even though the Digital Humanities could be a powerful push towards innovation, it should not be forgotten that any technology is culturally neutral. Hence, this round table seeks to reflect on the DH phenomena from the point of view of the society at large and the culture of the “South”, bringing into discussion the critical adoption of epistemological models coming from the North, at the same time an alternative vision about the relationship between knowledge, territories and digital technology is proposed.

20th april, 2017.
14:30 PM.
Meeting room, 4th floor.
Faculty of Political Science,
Università Roma Tre.
Via Chiabrera, 199 – Roma.

I cannot wait for what promises to be a thought-provoking and productive session.


Las denominadas “Digital Humanities” están cada vez más consolidadas a nivel internacional, bien sea institucionalmente, a través de la creación de nuevos centros y organizaciones, bien en el plano de la financiación de la investigación, pues, cada vez más a menudo, tiende a privilegiarse el componente “digital” del proyecto. Aunque las DH pueden constituir un potente instrumento de innovación, es importante recordar que ninguna tecnología es culturalmente neutra. Por ello, esta mesa redonda se propone reflexionar sobre el fenómeno de las DH desde el punto de vista de la sociedad y de la cultura del “Sur”, sometiendo a discusión la adopción crítica de modelos epistemológicos provenientes del Norte del mundo, y ofreciendo una visión alternativa sobre la relación entre saberes, territorios y tecnología digital.

20 de abril, 2017.
14:30 horas.
Sala de reuniones, cuarta planta.
Facultad de Ciencias Políticas,
Università Roma Tre.
Via Chiabrera, 199 – Roma.


Le cosiddette “Digital Humanities” si stanno sempre più affermando a livello internazionale e istituzionale. Attraverso la creazione di nuovi centri e nuove organizzazioni attraggono risorse e finanziamenti, giacché sempre più spesso nei progetti di ricerca umanistici e sociali viene privilegiata la componente “digitale”. Ma se le DH da un lato possono essere un potente di strumento di innovazione, dall’altro occorre ricordare che nessuna tecnologia è culturalmente neutra. Questa tavola rotonda intende riflettere sul fenomeno delle DH dal punto di vista delle società e delle culture del “Sud”, mettendo in discussione l’adozione acritica di modelli epistemologici e culturali provenienti dal Nord del mondo e offrendo una visione alternativa del rapporto fra saperi, territori e tecnologie digitali.

20 aprile, 2017.
Ore 14.30.
Sala riunioni, IV piano.
Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche,
Università Roma Tre.
Via Chiabrera, 199 – Roma.


Mexican Comics at TORCH Oxford

Cover of an issue of Mexican comic Pepín ('a graphic novels journal'), 1936-1954
Cover of an issue of Mexican comic Pepín (‘a graphic novels journal’), 1936-1954

Comics and Graphic Novels: The Politics of Form is a new interdisciplinary network and seminar series promoting the academic study of comics at Oxford. It is hosted at TORCH, which stands for The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities.

On Thursday 16 February 2017 TORCH will host an event on Mexican Comics.

I will participate in this event along curator Marisol Rodríguez and comics artist, editor and publisher Francisco de la Mora. We will discuss the current state of Mexican comics in a panel chaired by Jessica Fernández de Lara, University of Cambridge.

This event is open to all.

Date and time: Thursday, February 16, 2017 – 5:15pm
Location: Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities Building,                                                  Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG

To join the seminar mailing list, please email network convener Dominic Davies at or

Click here to download the Comics and Graphic Novels termcard [PDF].

HCID Friday Seminar: Graphic Medicine – Using Comics Within the Mental Health Domain

‘No wonder my back hurts’ (Barker, M. 2013: 34). © Meg-John Barker 2013.
‘No wonder my back hurts’ (Barker, M. 2013: 34).       © Meg-John Barker 2013.

Tomorrow 20th January 2017, I will present within the Friday Seminar Series at the Centre for Human Computer Interaction Design at City, University of London.

The title of my talk is “Graphic Medicine: Using Comics as a Mental Health Information Resource”.

The seminar will be held in AG08, College Building, from 1pm – 2pm. [map]

All welcome. Bring your lunch!

 “Graphic Medicine – Using Comics Within the Mental Health Domain”

Recent literature suggests that a growing number of comics are being published on health-related topics, including aspects of mental health and social care (Williams 2012; Czerwiec et al 2015; Priego and Farthing 2016; King 2016) and that comics are increasingly being used in higher education settings as information resources. The term ‘Graphic Medicine’ denotes ‘the role that comics can play in the study and delivery of healthcare’ (Green and Myers 2010: 577; Williams (no date)).

Fairly recently, more researchers have also turned to comics creation to disseminate research findings (Priego 2016). These researchers argue that comics (print and/or online publications) can lead to a wider adoption of research and enhance educational practices, widen public engagement, and improve the possibilities for research to influence public policy. The seminar will introduce the key terminology and methodologies employed and will discuss insights from qualitative analysis of data collected from comics creators and disseminators involved in the creation and dissemination of ‘Graphic Medicine’ (Farthing & Priego 2016).

In order to contextualize this exploration of ‘Graphic Medicine’, the seminar will also provide an introduction to non-fiction comics research, and conclude with reflections on what the study and use of comics can contribute to Medical Humanities and Human Computer Interaction Design research within the mental health domain.

Hope to see some of you there!

Hashtag: #HCIDseminar

#citymash: Library and Information Science as Fluid Practice

Arts Emergency badge. Image tweeted by @philgibby
Arts Emergency badge. Image tweeted by @philgibby

The venerable Oxford English Dictionary (online) tells me that part of the definition of the word “fluid” is “having the property of flowing; consisting of particles that move freely among themselves…”; a second definition also includes “flowing or moving readily; not solid or rigid; not fixed…”

These are the parts of the definition that what we’d like to embrace when we say that #citymash, the libraries and technology unconference that #citylis has organised to take place tomorrow Saturday 13 June 2015, will be a “fluid” event. Moreover, the fluidity of #citymash is an expression of a particular understanding of Library and Information Science (LIS) as a discipline, of librarianship as a practice and of information professionals as people.

As my colleagues Lyn Robinson and David Bawden have said in several occasions, LIS has evolved and it is in ongoing evolution. It flows; sometimes it seems it does so dizzyingly fast, others frustratingly slow, but the fact remains that LIS does flow. This fluidity goes beyond the transformations that documents have undergone from the first cave paintings to the latest hybrid immersive experiences; it includes the way we as academics, practitioners and people interested in all aspects of information interact with each other socially, “in real life”.

The unconference model is part of this transformation. In theory, an unconference is a conference organised, structured and led by the people attending it. All attendees and organisers are encouraged to become participants, with discussion leaders providing moderation and structure for attendees. Indeed, unconferences have become popular as an alternative to the panel discussions and keynote speakers featured at traditional conferences.

When I was a PhD student I witnessed not without some envy the first wonderful appearance (in 2008) and eventually skyrocketing  and international success (from 2009 onwards) of THATcamp (the Humanities and Technology Camp). “An open, inexpensive meeting where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot”, it was the brainchild of colleagues at the  Center for History and New Media at George Mason University in the United States. (They are also the birthplace of Zotero). Wikipedia kindly reminds me that it was indeed in August 2009 that the first THATCamp was held outside of the George Mason campus at the University of Texas in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists.

Perhaps not coincidentally it was also in 2008 (remember we were in the midst of a serious financial crisis) that the idea of the “Mashed Library” started doing the rounds, thanks to the work of Owen Stephens. By 2010 there had been a series of Mashed Library unconference events and it had been proven that the concept went well beyond Owen sitting on his own in a room with his laptop.

Without pioneers like THATCamp and the Mashed Library events #citymash would not be taking place tomorrow. The inspiring arts and humanities advocacy organisation Arts Emergency has said it very well, “sometimes if you want something to exist you have to make it yourself.” Libraries and universities can be surprisingly conservative and risk-averse. At the same time, paraphrasing Arts Emergency, LIS is a discipine that focuses on experimental thought; libraries and universities can indeed “foster thought beyond the norms of the present. Without the capacity to think beyond repetition there is no beyond to crisis.”

This post is already longer than I intended. The list of initial session leaders for #citymash tomorrow is here. The initial programme is here. There will be practical and discussion sessions on open source implementation, systems librarianship, hands-on Twitter archiving, GoogleRefine, UX, Making in Libraries, Fan Networks, past predictions of the future of the library, 3D printing, storytelling, Markdown, and more. There are also free rooms available for other sessions to be decided on the spot, and a dedicated reflection space throughout the event.

As #citymash is an unconference, timings, topics and proceedings are expected to be fluid. Participants have been asked to bring lunch to share. It will be a social, fun space. It will be fun and it will be flexible, and hopefully it will provide us with an opportunity to learn from each other and to make things ourselves: a space for thinking beyond repetition.

Here’s looking forward to tomorrow!

The #citymash website is at Please note that registration has now closed. Follow the #citymash hashtag for live updates from the day.

#citymash has been supported by the Software Sustainability Institute. The Software Sustainability Institute cultivates world-class research with software. The Institute is based at the universities of Edinburgh, Manchester, Southampton and Oxford.

#citymash has been supported by figshare. figshare is a repository where users can make all of their research outputs available in a citable, shareable and discoverable manner.

This post was originally published at the #citylis blog.

A #comicsunconf15 Twitter Activity Summary and Archive

I am really happy to say the Scottish Comics Unconference Meet-Up last Saturday was a success. I am hoping to be able to write up some of my notes reflecting on the practice of co-organising and participating in this unconference soon.

In the meanwhile, this is what the day (Saturday 28 February 2015) looked like in terms of #comicsunconf15 Tweets:

#comicsunfonf15 Twitter Activity chart  2015-03-02 at 08.20.54

There’s still a live interactive archive of the hashtag here.

Find out more about how many #comicsunconf15 Tweets there were and how many of us tweeted using the hashtag in my post over at the Comics Grid blog.

Source Data

Priego, Ernesto (2015): A #comicsunconf15 Twitter Archive. figshare. Retrieved 10:26, Mar 03, 2015 (GMT)

An #altmetrics14 Twitter Archive

"Altmetrics14: expanding impacts and metrics" (#altmetrics 14) was an ACM Web Science Conference 2014 Workshop that took place on June 23, 2014 in Bloomington, Indiana, United States, between 10:00AM and 17:50 local time.

Altmetrics14: expanding impacts and metrics” (#altmetrics 14) was an ACM Web Science Conference 2014 Workshop that took place on June 23, 2014 in Bloomington, Indiana, United States, between 10:00AM and 17:50 local time.

I have uploaded to figshare a dataset of 1758 Tweets tagged with #altmetrics14 (case not sensitive).

The dataset contains an archive of 1758 Tweets published publicly and tagged with #altmetrics14 between Mon Jun 02 17:41:56 +0000 2014 and Wed Jul 16 00:48:38 +0000 2014.

During the day of the workshop, 1294 Tweets tagged with #altmetrics14 were collected.

If you use or refer to the shared file in any way please cite and link back using the following citation information:

Priego, Ernesto (2014): An #altmetrics14 Twitter Archive.  figshare. 

I have shared the file with a Creative Commons- Attribution license (CC-BY) for academic research and educational use.

The Tweets contained in the file were collected using Martin Hawksey’s TAGS 5.1.  The file contains 3 sheets.

The third sheet in the file contains 1294 Tweets tagged with #altmetrics14 collected during the day of the workshop.

The usual fair warnings apply:

Only users with at least 2 followers were included in the archive. Retweets have been included. An initial automatic deduplication was performed but data might require further deduplication.

Please note that both research and experience show that the Twitter search API isn’t 100% reliable. Large Tweet volumes affect the search collection process. The API might “over-represent the more central users”, not offering “an accurate picture of peripheral activity” (González-Bailón, Sandra, et al. 2012). It is therefore not guaranteed this file contains each and every Tweet tagged with #altmetrics14 during the indicated period, and is shared for comparative and indicative educational and research purposes only.

Please note the data in this file is likely to require further refining and even deduplication. The data is shared as is.  This dataset is shared to encourage open research into scholarly activity on Twitter. If you use or refer to this data in any way please cite and link back using the citation information above.

Today! ACLAIIR Seminar: Open Access: the future of academic publication?

ACLAIIR word cloud

Below some quick information about the event in which I am participating today at the Cambridge University Library.

Advisory Council on Latin American & Iberian Information Resources
ACLAIIR Seminar 2014
Tuesday 17 June, 2014
Milstein Seminar Rooms, Cambridge University Library
West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DR

Seminar: Open Access: the future of academic publication?

Panel I (13:45 – 14:50) OA : Perspectives from the world of publishing

Chair: Joanne Edwards, University of Oxford

  1. Ellen Collins (OAPEN UK)
  2. Daniel Pearce (CUP)
  3. Dr. Rupert Gatti (Open Book Publishers)

Tea (14:50 – 15:05)

Panel II (15:05 – 16:10) OA and its impact on research and teaching

Chair: Aquiles Alencar Brayner,Digital Curator, British Library

  1. Dr. Martin Eve (University of Lincoln)
  2. Dr. Ernesto Priego (City University, London)
  3. Dr. Jenny Bunn (University College, London)

Conclusion (16:10 – 16:20)

ACLAIIR AGM & Seminar 2014 – OPEN ACCESS: The future of academic publication?

Looking forward to participating in the ACLAIIR AGM & Seminar 2014 in Cambridge on Open Access: “The future of academic publication?” (17 June 2014).


AGM 2014 wordle picJoin us in Cambridge for the ACLAIIR AGM & Seminar 2014, the topic of which is Open Access. We are pleased to welcome speakers from a variety of areas to give their perspectives on OA and its impact on the world of research, teaching and publishing.

Speakers: Ellen Collins (OAPEN UK); Daniel Pearce (CUP); Dr. Rupert Gatti (Open Book Publishers); Dr. Martin Eve (University of Lincoln); Dr. Ernesto Priego (City University, London); Dr. Jenny Bunn (University College, London)

Open Access is curently a hot topic across the globe due to its wide-ranging effects. Many policies and practices are in a state of rapid change, so we hope you will join us to keep up to date with this important subject and contribute to the debate.

The full programme including speaker profiles and registration form are available on our Events page. Please register by Monday 9 June to secure your place!

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