Open lecture about metadata

As a part of the Culture Week in Karlskrona, and within the framework of Art Line, dr Cheryl E Ball, held an open lecture Wednesday November 20. The lecture took as its starting point the american online publication Kairos, which is described below by Cheryl E Ball.

Kairos, which began publishing online in 1996, is an internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journal in digital writing studies. It has a readership of over 45,000 readers a month from over 180 countries and an acceptance rate of 10 percent. The journal publishes three sections of full-length scholarship (Topoi, Praxis, Inventio) and three professional development sections (Reviews, Interviews, Disputatio), which are editorially reviewed by their respective section editors. Issues are openly available on the Web at, and are published twice a year, in August and January, with special sections occasionally occurring as a third issue in May. In December 2008, Kairos was recognized by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals for its redesign (the journal’s third look in 13 years), which garnered the CELJ Best Design Award.

Kairos has a longstanding reputation for theoretical and technological innovation, collaborative authorship, editorial mentoring and outreach, and collaborative review processes, all of which support the unique scope and practices of the journal: publishing digital media scholarship that incorporates web-based media to make meaning. The majority of the scholarship Kairospublishes cannot be printed because these web-based articles (i.e., “webtexts”) use interactivity, multiple media including video and audio, and other nonlinear elements to make their scholarly arguments.

Cheryl E Ball presented some results of an extensive investigation of the use of metadata in the publication. 800 texts with 30 000 metadata were examined. The investigation showed that the types of metadata used changed a lot through the years.

The title of the lecture was “The Kairos of Scholarly Multimedia: Examining the History of Webtexts through Metadata” and was presented like this:

Cheryl E. Ball (Associate Professor of New Media Studies, Illinois State University, USA)

As editor of the journal Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, Dr. Cheryl E. Ball will speak about the journal’s nearly 20-year history as a scholarly, peer-reviewed venue for publishing interactive multimedia. In its archives, the history of Web design is present, revealed through the interfaces of the webtexts it publishes as well as through the metadata of those webtexts. This talk will focus on a metadata-mining project recently conducted by the journal that reveals much about its history and future. This lecture is sponsored by the Digital Culture and Communication Program at Blekinge Tekniska Högskola and the EU-funded Art Line project. The lecture is in English and is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

Dr. Cheryl E Ball is an Associate Professor of New Media Studies in the English Department at Illinois State University. Her areas of specialization include multimodal composition and editing practices, digital media scholarship, and digital publishing. She teaches writers to compose multimodal texts by analyzing rhetorical options and choosing the most appropriate genres, technologies, media, and modes for a particular situation. Since 2006, Ball has been editor of the online, peer-reviewed, open-access journal Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, which exclusively publishes digital media scholarship and is read in 180 countries. She has published articles in a range of rhetoric/composition, technical communication, and media studies journals including Computers and Composition, C&C Online, Fibreculture, Convergence, Kairos, Programmatic Perspectives, and Technical Communication Quarterly. She has also published several books and textbooks about digital and multimodal rhetorics, including RAW: Reading and Writing New Media with Jim Kalmbach (Hampton, 2010); The New Work of Composing with Debra Journet and Ryan Trauman (CCDP/USUP, 2012); and Writer/Designer: A Guide to Making Multimodal Projects with Kristin Arola and Jennifer Sheppard (Bedford, 2013). During the 2013-14 academic year, Ball will be a Fulbright scholar in Norway, at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO). Following, she will take up a position as Associate Professor of Digital Publishing Studies at West Virginia University. Her online portfolio can be found at