oort-cloud.org and social publishing

Blurb from the ioct blog:

A lecture by Paul B. Hartzog and Richard Adler, at the IOCT, 3pm, Wed 14th November, 2007.
This lecture is free and open to the public.

The frequency and intensity of global communications is increasing, ushered in by collaborative technologies that make possible innovative forms of collective action. As a result, in many ways the structures of industrial modernity face a challenge from emerging peer-to-peer coordinated alternatives. These new alternatives are poised to transform “culture industries” like film, music, publishing, and others.

One recent force is “social publishing” which offers both new practices and new theoretical tools for thinking about the future of publishing. Oort-cloud, an online commons for writers, has embraced social publishing and “Open Lit” in an effort to explore this exciting terrain. A look at Oort-Cloud (http://www.oort-cloud.org) will illustrate the potential of such cooperative enterprises, and provide insight into how how network culture is created.

Important: how to find things of quality (see O’Donnell) Social Publishing (article published in sept. 2006) by Paul

“authors create and distribute their work, and reader, individually and collectively, including fans as well as editors and peers, review, comment, rank, and tag, everything.”

What’s happening online – there is a creator and there is someone looking to be involved with a creation Authors – create and distribute their work and on the other side we have readers (individually and collectively) – this embodies what Paul and Rick see as the *ideal state*. “OpenLit” is beyond social tagging creative commons is the *lubrication* for this system of openlit. cycle of openlit:

Write – share – read – response

Why has oort cloud settled on science fiction? have a community, willing to take on something new, already have an online presence, have an *open-minded* community, and history of exchange between readers and writers

RIck left in photo, Paul on the right

Paul: what does this give you? “living with stories” as a consequence of the ubiquity you have the opetion not “select, then publish;” but “publish, then select.” (Michel Bauwens).
Paul: his way of participating is as a “good reader.”
Links in to project gutenburg’s call for distributed proof-readers. So challenges of quality and access – the traditional model would have us believe “select, then publish” but it is *perfectly feasibile* to invert this process (see Michel Bauwens).

extracted from the original live-blogged post.