Tuesday 6th October 2015


Coding Pirates

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Coding Pirates: Idea Development, Play and Mixing of Technologies

Louise Overgaard

Coding Pirates is a 2-year-old Danish concept for young people, based on IT creativity as well as programming.

It is not a traditional coding club, as such – Coding Pirates focuses on idea development, play and mixing of technologies. The concept aims thereby not to train programmers, but innovative product developers.

Behind Coding Pirates are developers, teachers, self-taught programmers, researchers and entrepreneurs. Today, there are more than 50 teachers who host workshops in IT companies, schools and libraries.

We spoke with Louise Overgaard, Board member of Coding Pirates Denmark, Chair of Coding Pirates Aarhus and Library and cultural developer.
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Setting up a University Press in the Digital Age

Andrew Lockett*

Press Manager at University of Westminster Press

New university presses don’t come around too frequently so the opportunity to take a lead in establishing the University of Westminster Press, in the heart of central London, seemed too interesting an opportunity to pass up. The relatively change-immune world of academic publishing has moved on rather briskly of late and the onset of digital disruption and the frantic search for ‘new business models’ (always a sign of flux, trouble and opportunity) has been heard in these relatively stable and surprisingly profitable quarters.

Wikipedia lists fifteen UK University presses, but with Exeter, the Open University Press and Nottingham out of the game or incorporated into commercial imprints, it is really only the big two (Oxford and Cambridge) and another four: Manchester, Edinburgh, University of Wales and a revived Liverpool that have longevity and a relatively high profile. Luton is not mentioned (having been incorporated into John Libbey) or Middlesex (closed in 2009) nor Chester (founded 2001), though it does list Kingston (run by academics and embedded within its publishing MA), Hertfordshire (launched in 1992 and a leading publisher in Romani studies) Buckingham (whose list includes many educational materials) and two specialist outliers, the University of York Music Press and the Policy Press based in Bristol from 1996 and with an enviable and large back catalogue, in the practically orientated social sciences. As if to symbolize the somewhat variable fortunes of such enterprises there is also the Sheffield Phoenix Press (concentrating on biblical studies) that arose out of the ashes of Sheffield Academic Press, a previously long-standing imprint. This tally is a long way short of the 100 or so US University presses on the Wikipedia page – a tally very likely to be understated, too. Read more »

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