Information Studies


INST0033 Electronic Publishing A

This module provides a critical overview of the world of electronic publishing, whether commercial or non-commercial, and discusses various different types of products and techniques used in electronic publishing. The module is delivered with the aid of visiting speakers from the library and information profession, class discussion, and practical sessions in a computer lab. Topics covered include: electronic journals and open access; Web 2.0/3.0/4.0; e-books and e-reading; metadata and sustainability; digitisation and preservation; usability and user centred design; the development of new digital products.

Learning outcomes: By the end of the module students will have an understanding of the development of the electronic publishing industry and its current state, an awareness of the opportunities of the information revolution for traditional publishing practices. They will demonstrate ability to work in groups and to present their ideas both verbally and in writing.

Assessment: Group coursework consisting of a report and oral presentation, plus an individual essay.

Core module for: none

Optional for: MA LIS, MA/MSc DH, MSc IS, MA Publishing. This module is also available for short course students

Taught by: Simon Mahony


  • Monday from 14:00 to 17:00 in Term one.
  • Location: TBA
  • Followed by TBA

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