Theme 1: Informational Foundations

Considering the nature and forms of information, and the changing roles of creators, publishers, as mediators of social knowledge.


  • What is authorship? Individuals and collectives
  • Who are audiences? Space and scale of information sharing
  • More than texts? What are our definitional frames
  • Whose information? Reconciling public and private domains of information production

Theme 2: Determining and Determined Mediums

On the changing processes of textual production and distribution from past to present, and the impacts of digitization and the internet on the future of publishing.


  • The work of media archaeology: from letterpress to photolithography, to print-on-demand and digital
  • The demands of mediums: metadata, resource discovery, infrastructure
  • The evolution of the manuscript: from rare books to archival practices, indexing and cataloguing in the electronic age
  • Devices as interfaces: e-readers, tablets, phones
  • Finding content: databases, datasets, portals, platforms and media collections as forms of publishing
  • The curation of objects and artifacts

Theme 3: Societal Impacts

Distribution, collection and discovery of published artifacts. Consideration of the form, structure, and processes of libraries, archives, multi-media portals.

  • Whose content? Copyright, licensing and rights
  • Impacts where? Assessment and evaluation of research and its impact
  • Dominant cultures? languages, inclusion, and participation
  • Who pays? Financial models for scholarly, technical, and trade publishing
  • Public and private points of access? The changing roles and functions of libraries, repositories, and content aggregators