Convegno di studi: Ricerca scientifica, monopoli della conoscenza e Digital Humanities – Rome

As part of my Open Access Week 2018 activities, I will be doing an express trip to Rome on Wednesday 24th October 2018 to participate in the following event:

Convegno di studi  

Ricerca scientifica, monopoli della conoscenza e Digital Humanities. Prospettive critiche dall’Europa del Sud

La investigación científca, los monopolios del conocimiento y Humanidades Digitales. Perspectivas críticas desde el Sur de Europa

Università Roma Tre, 24-25 ottobre 2018

http://scienzepolitiche.uniroma3.it/blog/archives/21635

I also added the event to the Open Access Week 2018 events listing: http://www.openaccessweek.org/events/ricerca-scientifica-monopoli-della-conoscenza-e-digital

Twitter hashtag for the event: #DHPIIGS18

La investigación científca, los monopolios del conocimiento y Humanidades Digitales. Perspectivas críticas desde el Sur de Europa; poster en español
La investigación científca, los monopolios del conocimiento y Humanidades Digitales. Perspectivas críticas desde el Sur de Europa; poster en español

 

I am looking forward to being at Roma Tre again.

My abstract:

Oligopolios del conocimiento y acceso abierto: perspectivas desde el sur
Oligopolies of Knowledge and Open Access: Perspectives from the Global South

Dr Ernesto Priego
Centre for Human Computer Interaction Design
City, University of London, Reino Unido

[sp]
En esta presentación discutiré las razones por las que hablamos de “oligopolios del conocimiento”, detallando la concentración de actividad de comunicaciones académicas (en este caso publicaciones) a través de compañías editoriales con fines de lucro con base en el norte global, por autores con afiliación a universidades del norte global y en la lengua inglesa. Me referiré al trabajo que he estado haciendo en los últimos cinco años documentando y mapeando dicha concentración localizada y en su mayoría monolingüe (con énfasis en las humanidades digitales; Priego et al 2014; Priego y Fiormonte, 2016 y 2018) mediante metodologías de bibliometría alternativa (Alperin et al 2014) para a su vez llamar la atención a la correlación de los imbalances de esta concentración geopolítica (Graham 2011; Fiormonte 2017) con modos de diseminación cerrados de alto costo para instituciones (Lawson 2016). A su vez, discutiré la correspondiente y apropiación de mecanismos de acceso abierto por parte de las mismas compañías editoriales con fines de lucro, mediante estrategias de negocio como los cargos de procesos de publicación (APCs, por sus siglas en inglés), y los retos que esto implica particularmente para los investigadores en las áreas de ciencias sociales, artes y humanidades, y en específico para aquellos con afiliación en el sur global (Priego et al 2017). Finalmente, habiendo detallado lo que es un panorama complejo para las comunicaciones académicas, presentaré ejemplos de alternativas existentes y discutiré los crecientes retos y dilemas específicos a los diversos contextos del sur global.

[eng]

In this presentation I will discuss the reasons why we speak of “oligopolies of knowledge”, detailing the concentration of activity of academic communications (in this case, publications) via for profit publishing companies based in the global north, by authors with affiliation with universities in the global north and in the English language. I will refer to the work I have been doing in the last five years, documenting and mapping this localised and mostly monolingual concentration (with an emphasis on the digital humanities, Priego et al 2014, Priego and Fiormonte, 2016 and 2018) through alternative bibliometric methodologies (Alperin et al 2014), in order to draw attention to the correlation of the imbalances of this geopolitical concentration (Graham 2011, Fiormonte 2017) with closed modes of dissemination of high cost for institutions (Lawson 2016). In turn, I will discuss the corresponding and appropriation of open access mechanisms by the same for profit publishing companies, through business strategies such as Article Processing Charges (APCs) and the challenges that this implies particularly for researchers in the areas of social sciences, arts and humanities, and specifically for those with affiliations in the global south (Priego et al 2017; Eve and Priego 2018). Finally, having detailed what a complex picture for academic communications is, I will present examples of existing alternatives and discuss the growing challenges and dilemmas specific to the various contexts of the global South.

 

Referencias/References

Alperin, JP., Babini, D., Fischman, G. (eds.) 2014. Open access indicators and scholarly communications in Latin America (Buenos Aires: CLACSO, First edtion). Available in full text on the Web Virtual Library of CLACSO: http://www.biblioteca.clacso.edu.ar

Fiormonte, D. 2017. Digital Humanities and the Geopolitics of Knowledge. Digital Studies/Le champ num ́erique, 7(1). Available at: https://doi.org/10.16995/dscn.274

Fiormonte, E. & Priego, E., 2016. Knowledge Monopolies and Global Academic Publishing. The Winnower. Available at: https://doi.org/10.15200/winn.147220.00404

Graham, et al, M., 2011. Visualizing the uneven geographies of knowledge production and circulation. Global Higher Education, 14.9. Available at: https://globalhighered.wordpress.com/2011/09/14/visualizing-the-uneven-geographies-of-knowledge-production-and-circulation/

Lawson, S., Gray, J., Mauri, M., (2016). Opening the Black Box of Scholarly Communication Funding: A Public Data Infrastructure for Financial Flows in Academic Publishing. Open Library of Humanities. 2(1), p.e10. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/olh.72

Priego, E. and Fiormonte, D. 2018. Empire and Scholarly Communications. Multinational Monopolies of Knowledge and the Global South. Available at:
https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.6634484.v8

Priego, E.; Havemann, L.; Atenas, J. 2014 Source Dataset for Online Attention to Digital Humanities Publications (#DH2014 poster). Available at:
http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1094359

Priego, E. et al. 2014. Online Attention to Digital Humanities Publications (#DH2014 poster). Available at: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1094345.v1

Eve, M. and Priego, E. (2017). Who is Actually Harmed by Predatory Publishers?. tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society, 15(2), pp. 755-770. Available at: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/18007

Priego, E. et al. 2017. Scholarly Publishing, Freedom of Information and Academic Self-Determination: The UNAM-Elsevier Case. Available at:
https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.5632657.v1

 

 

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 https://thewinnower.com/papers/4965-knowledge-monopolies-and-global-academic-publishing).

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.

[Español]

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.

[Italiano]

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.