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5/28/10 deadline to crowdsource “Hacking the Academy”

Can submissions for an edited volume on digital scholarship be compiled in 7 days, relying on a Twitter hashtag? We’re in the middle of that week now, and the hashtag is #hackacad. This project is being organized (unsurprisingly) by the savvy and effervescent Center for History and New Media.

If you have anything to contribute (or know someone who does) to the latest understanding of the following topics in digital scholarship, submit it via @#hackacad by midnight EST 5/28/10.

Table of contents/topics:

* Lectures, Classrooms, and the Curriculum
* Educational Technology
* Scholarly Societies and Conferences
* Scholarly Communication, Journals, and Books
* Academic Employment, Tenure, and Scholarly Identity
* Departments and Disciplines
* Libraries
* Miscellaneous

It’ll be interesting to see how fast the submissions are winnowed and produced into the open-access book. (Don’t blink.) Read on for hackingtheacademy.org’s synopsis.

From http://hackingtheacademy.org/what-this-is-about-and-how-to-contribute/:

Can an algorithm edit a journal? Can a library exist without books? Can students build and manage their own learning management platforms? Can a conference be held without a program? Can Twitter replace a scholarly society?

As recently as the mid-2000s, questions like these would have been unthinkable. But today serious scholars are asking whether the institutions of the academy as they have existed for decades, even centuries, aren’t becoming obsolete. Every aspect of scholarly infrastructure is being questioned, and even more importantly, being hacked. Sympathetic scholars of traditionally disparate disciplines are cancelling their association memberships and building their own networks on Facebook and Twitter. Journals are being compiled automatically from self-published blog posts. Newly-minted Ph.D.’s are foregoing the tenure track for alternative academic careers that blur the lines between research, teaching, and service. Graduate students are looking beyond the categories of the traditional C.V. and building expansive professional identities and popular followings through social media. Educational technologists are “punking” established technology vendors by rolling their own open source infrastructure.

In keeping with the spirit of hacking, the book will itself be an exercise in reimagining the edited volume. Any blog post, video response, or other media created for the volume and tweeted (or tagged) with the hashtag #hackacad will be aggregated at hackingtheacademy.org (submissions should use a secondary tag — #class #society #conf #journal #book #tenure #cv #dept #edtech #library — to designate chapters). The best pieces will go into the published volume (we are currently in talks with a publisher to do an open access version of this final volume). The volume will also include responses such as blog comments and tweets to individual pieces. If you’ve already written something that you would like included, that’s fine too, just be sure to tweet or tag it (or email us the link to where it’s posted).

You have until midnight on May 28, 2010. Ready, set, go!


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