CGPublisher for Universities

CGPublisher is a web environment which supports flows of knowledge and learning in universities.

CGPublisher is:

Distributed
Researchers, lecturers and students are centres of content creation through self-maintained websites, which also contain ‘bookstores’ of their published material.
Collaborative
Primary creators and secondary contributors can work together on drafts of a work; publishers can access works as they progress towards publication. CGPublisher formalises and nurtures lateral communications though mirrored web and email messaging.
Visible
A standards based approach means that published works can find a variety of highly visible ‘homes’ — the completed works talk to electronic library catalogues, e-commerce standards for publishing (e.g. publishing to Amazon), elearning systems and alternative electronic and print rendering formats.

Main features of CGPublisher include:

The Personal Website
  • A private digital workspace for version control of drafts of works, and providing work-by-work access to co-creators, contributors and publishers.
  • Manages relationships with publishers working within and beyond the CGPublisher environment (the creator can assign access rights to outside publishers).
  • A bookstore for the free distribution or sale of the creator’s published works, created within and beyond CGPublisher.
  • A digital portfolio in which the creator can also make their ‘unpublished works’ available to the public.
  • A self-maintainable website expressing public and professional identity, including biographical information and CV, a diary and schedule, news, links, gallery and contact information.
The Publisher Site
  • A community-building space which manages workflow, determines quality standards and publishes works.
  • Manages copyright, either by default assumptions about the relationships between the parties, or negotiated online publishing agreements.
  • An online bookstore of community works, publishing simultaneously to each creator’s personal bookstore.
  • A publisher-maintainable website including community notices, discussions and work copied for educational purposes such as course notes.

Use Cases

  1. The lecturer as leader in a publishing community
    • Students have self-maintained personal websites.
    • Students each have private workspaces for drafts of work.
    • Student websites include online ‘bookstores’ into which completed ‘works’ are published (essays, theses), evolving as a digital portfolio.
    • Students can invite collaborators to share the same work in the case of joint work, supported by a messaging system and audit trail.
    • The lecturer can access and comment upon works-in-progress.
    • Students can invite other students and outside experts to referee works in progress.
    • The lecturer publishes student works to the course (publishing) site and the student author sites.
    • The lecturer can post copied works to the course site, thus creating a course repository; downloads are recorded for statutory licence purposes.
    • Students can access lecturer works from their author site: published and unpublished works.
  2. The department or research centre as a publishing community
    • Academics have self-maintained personal websites, replacing or supplementing their pages on the university website.
    • Academics have private workspaces for drafts of work, and managing collaborations.
    • Each academic has a bookstore of works published within and beyond the CGPublisher environment.
    • Academics also have a place where they can post unpublished works (conference papers, works-in-progress, course notes).
    • The department or the research centre becomes a publisher of books, journals, articles, course notes. Research quantum recognition can be gained by co-publication and the outsourcing of refereeing.
    • Systematic management of IP generated within the university through negotiated rights agreements; digital rights data generated for all electronic files.
  3. The university press
    • Cascading approach to centres of publishing activity across the university.
    • Infrastructure for the publication of scholarly monographs, journals and course materials.
    • Full, formal publication of works in print or electronic formats, posting to Books in Print, Amazon as well as being highly visible on the Internet.
University Publishing Imprint Scenario

Take-Up Strategies

Bottom-Up
provide learners and academics with personal websites and private collaboration spaces, and they will make the connections which will build organically into publishing communities.
Top-Down
a content-management approach which aims to systematise knowledge and learning flows and provide good stewardship of university IP.

The Technology

  • As simple as a web browser plus Word, and can manage any digital content and file formats.
  • Open source, standards based.
  • Built on the ‘semantic web’ foundation, Common Ground Markup Language (CGML), a world-leading technology in publishing standards and interoperability.

For further details, see the CGPublisher for universities overview.


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