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[CONVERSATION] SCALE NFT drop and the future of scientific publishing with SJ Klein

For the drop of SCALE latest issue, we will discuss the future of scientific publishing SJ Klein - aka @metasj.

Samuel Klein is an engineer and experimental ontologist, currently developing the Underlay Project for federating global public knowledge. He is a co-founder of the Knowledge Futures Group, designing ways to record and curate research that minimize barriers to entry and address systemic bias. He previously served as trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation, content director for One Laptop per Child, and built tools for translation, stargazing, and teaching physics.


⚖️ SCALE Publishing is live

After the launching the first NFT book ever with SCALE Wuhan, SCALE is now ready to host his quarterly NFT-based journal.

To support these goals, SCALE is moving to its own website at scalepublishing.com.

You can follow the new @scalepublishing account on Twitter to get the updates, or join our weekly discussions on Clubhouse.

See you soon :)

[CONVERSATION] Qiware 008: the permaweb, Verto and the Arweave ecosystem

Tate Berenbaum is the founder of Verto exchange protocol for Arweave. We will discuss new incentives for long term storage and the creation of the permaweb.

[CONVERSATION] "UNLOCKED: Memories of Wuhan" NFT book drop

We will discuss the release of UNLOCKED: Memories of Wuhan as NFT and its implication for printing, shared publishing rights and book distribution in general.

UNLOCKED: Memories of Wuhan - release

UNLOCKED: Memories of Wuhan has just been released as a digital-first book by SCALE Publishing.

(Un)Locked: Memories of Wuhan is a collection of essays, poetry, fiction, photography, and drawings about life in Wuhan before and during the early days of the Covid19 pandemic.

UNLOCKED: Memories of Wuhan

Digital publishing

The PDF version has been compiled using Pandoc, Latex and custom scripts. The file can be printed directly (using B5 paper) and assembled into a book - we like to use Chinese traditional stab binding for that.

This is arguably the first history book about Covid in Wuhan. It exists so we can feel what happened there through actual human voices, shield from the giant media distortion. This is also why we decided to store it on a blockchain, so there may be a trace left.

Limited editions of that file have also been published as non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Token holders can:

  • create derivatives of the work (printed editions, translations, etc)
  • transfer or sell the token with these additions
  • issue new tokens based on the derivatives

This experiment aims at helping creators to get signed into their work, and support new ways of writing with machines.

How to collect the NFT

To collect the NFT you need:

  • a Tezos wallet - you can create one in 2 clicks with Kukai using your Twitter account
  • some Tezos (XTZ) - you can buy some online

Once you have both, head to Hic et Nunc and click on collect.

The first batch of 25 tokens is available at 4 XTZ (approx. 20 USD). The price may change after.


More about the book

[CONVERSATION] Rafael Lima from Hic et Nunc

Following the discussions on eco-NFTs in the last weeks, hicetnunc.xyz was launched on March 1st. Relying on lPos chain Tezos, the platform makes NFT affordable and more than 10k artworks have already be minted in less than a month. Artists have been joining in mass and the platform is updated daily with new features and improvements.

We will discuss what is happening on Hic et Nunc with one of its founder Rafael Lima.

[CONVERSATION] Artist Sterling Crispin on NFT

Make sure to ead Sterling's blog post NFTs and Crypto Art: The Sky is not Falling about the eco-NFT controversy.

Also some interesting NFT concepts he created - see the page on Foundation

His website: http://www.sterlingcrispin.com

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