Open Publishing Lab

  1. An Introduction to the Open Publishing Lab at Rochester Institute of Technology

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  2. Response to the Knight Foundation's call for elevator pitches on the future of publishing.

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  3. The Open Publishing Guide has everything you need to know to publish your work.

    Watch your idea become a reality. From a concept to a tangible item, we guide you through the publishing process.

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Open Publishing Lab

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The Open Publishing Lab is a cross-disciplinary center dedicated to researching and developing innovative, open source applications for publishing across various media.

Founded in 2007 and based within Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of…


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The Open Publishing Lab is a cross-disciplinary center dedicated to researching and developing innovative, open source applications for publishing across various media.

Founded in 2007 and based within Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Print Media, the OPL is a collaborative space where students and faculty work to imagine and create the future of publishing. The OPL collaborates with outside companies and organizations to better understand emerging challenges in the rapidly evolving world of publishing. Leveraging the wide range of expertise at RIT, the OPL brings a unique, cross-disciplinary approach to solving real world problems. Students and faculty from programs like Information Technology, Software Engineering, Computer Science, Design, and Publishing collaborate to create products that enable and empower individuals to be involved with publishing in it’s many forms.

As part of its commitment to an Open Source approach, each solution the lab develops is released, free of charge, to the greater community though their website and via their partners. The Open Publishing Labs hope is to better both the publishing industry and individual communities; empowering business and citizens alike to publish in new ways.

The OPL is also committed to helping the publishing industry through curricular integration. They bring their focus on solving the challenges facing the publishing industries into the classroom, providing students with the opportunity to better understand its needs and preparing them to make a difference when they enter the workforce.

The Open Publishing Lab has three goals they refer to as The Three "E's"

• Extend existing publishing platforms

• Enable new publishing products and business models

• Empower individuals and communities to easily tell their stories as never before

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