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New Media Lab

THE NEW MEDIA LAB (NML) assists City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center faculty and doctoral students from a variety of academic disciplines to create multimedia projects based on their own scholarly research. Our goal is to integrate new media into traditional academic practice, challenging scholars to develop fresh questions in their respective fields using the tools of new technology. The NML is committed to a vision of new technology based on open access to ideas, tools, and resources.

With ongoing support from CUNY, the New Media Lab has become a dynamic environment in which projects funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Old York Library Foundation, and other private and public sources demonstrate new approaches and methods of merging digital media, scholarship, and learning.

Located in room 7388.01 at the CUNY Graduate Center and run under the auspices of the Center for Media and Learning / American Social History Project, NML researchers:

work across academic disciplines to produce scholarly digital media projects;

analyze Internet usage in the educational, social, and commercial sectors;

construct 3-D environments that explore ways of visualizing the arts, humanities, and sciences

digitally archive and analyze a wide range of data
participate in public programs that address the critical intersection of knowledge and technology

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Scholarship for the Public Good: Paths to Open Access

  • The Graduate Center’s Mina Rees Library is partnering with the Provost’s Office on an event series exploring the idea of scholarship for the public good—what it means, how it can be advanced, what stands in the way, etc. (See full series description below.) The first event in the series will look at different ways of achieving open access to scholarly literature. Please consider attending, and feel free to share broadly — everyone at CUNY is welcome!

    Scholarship for the Public Good: Paths to Open Access
    Thursday, February 9
    4:00-5:00pm EST
    Online (Zoom)
    Register to attend

    Open access scholarly literature—roughly, scholarly works that are online and free of charge for all—has developed over the past 20 years from wild idea to widespread reality. Open access journals, books, and repositories are now established parts of the scholarly ecosystem, and many consider near-universal open access to be inevitable.

    But publishing itself is not cost-free, so how can open access be achieved? There are many possible paths, some now common, some more experimental. Which of these paths align with our values as researchers, and with the mission of the Graduate Center and CUNY as a whole? Which empower the research community? Which should we pursue, and which should we eschew?

    The first event in the “Scholarship for the Public Good” series will explore various paths to open access. The event will feature three experts:

    • Peter Suber (Harvard University) will describe the institutional open access policies passed by the faculties of Harvard and many other universities.
    • Heather Paxson (MIT) will discuss the transition of society journal Cultural Anthropology from subscription-based to open access, and its ongoing quest to fund publication without article processing charges (APCs).
    • Leslie Chan (University of Toronto) will examine high-profit publishers’ problematic approaches to open access (high APCs, vertical integration, and more).

    Register to attend Paths to Open Access on Zoom.

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    Scholarship for the Public Good Event Series

    “We believe that knowledge is a public good.” This statement of institutional values is emblazoned on the Graduate Center website. But there are many ways to interpret the statement, and many ways to enact the belief. How can we move from words to action—or to greater action—in the context of our scholarship?

    • How can we ensure that the public, as a matter of course, has cost-free access to scholarly works authored by Graduate Center researchers?
    • What changes could we collectively bring about if we centered our values in decisions about where we publish, peer review, and serve in editorial roles?
    • How can the library and institution as a whole support these efforts and resist high-profit publishers’ exploitative practices?
    • How might we reimagine “impact” and rework systems of evaluation and reward?
    • How does considering these questions and contributing to these changes benefit our students, our colleagues, our fields, and the public?

    Hosted by the CUNY Graduate Center’s Mina Rees Library and the Provost’s Office, the “Scholarship for the Public Good” event series will examine these questions and more, and explore possible ways that everyone in the Graduate Center community—faculty, students, staff, and administrators—can foster a positive, public-minded ecosystem of scholarship.

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