In honor of Open Access Week, October 19 through 25, the University of Texas at Austin’s Digital Writing and Research Lab (DWRL) will lead a collaborative annotation of DWRL alumnus James Brown’s new book Ethical Programs: Hospitality and the Rhetorics of Software (University of Michigan Press, 2015) using the Hypothes.is platform. Hypothes.is is free and open source software that allows for annotation, sentence-level critique, and note-taking on Web documents. Guided by DWRL alumnus Dr. Jeremy Dean, Director of Education at Hypothes.is, the annotation event will open up a conversation about software, rhetoric, and networked life.
We’ve been saying goodbye to Currents in Electronic Literacy for a while now. In 2014, the journal published its retrospective issue. In the Spring of 2015, we made the official announcement that Currents would cease publication. In the announcement, we wrote, “After a great deal of soul searching and discussion, we have decided to retire Currents this year. It was a difficult decision—and an emotional one for us, since John Slatin, the Lab’s first director, was its inventor and first editor. But as Peg Syverson reminded us, John envisioned the Lab as a site for perpetual innovation. To stay innovative, you have to be willing to let go of projects that have run their course so you’ll be free to pursue what’s next.”