Recycling the repository: workshop materials

Maria Sledmere, Karen Veitch

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Ever wondered where all the knowledge is stored, and what to do with it? Strathprints is the university's institutional repository: a digital open archive of University of Strathclyde research outputs. It helps to make available Open Access research, data and further the goals of open research through managing ongoing access to Strathclyde's intellectual output. Strathprints is freely available to search and browse and is full of enlightening articles on everything from the wave energy of duckling formations to delivering a just transition to net zero. This workshop encourages engagement with Strathprints through creative experiment, in line with this year's International Open Access Week theme, Open for Climate Justice: which 'seeks to encourage connection and collaboration among the climate movement and the international open community'. Exploring key words relating to climate justice and ecology, we’ll develop possibilities for remixing, composting, writing-with and recycling the Strathprints repository. After considering some examples of ecologically minded creative works which adopt found materials, this will be a hands-on workshop of writing and research. We'll approach the repository not just as a static storage location but as a place of active, playful engagement with freely available materials.

What we’ll do in the workshop: browse, search, read, copy, paste, write, reflect. You are welcome to bring your own device, but otherwise computers will be provided.

Goals of the workshop:

• Introduce experimental creative writing strategies including cut-up, prompt writing, search operators and found text

• Think critically and creatively about the possibilities of recontextualization

• Engage in Strathprints materials relating to Climate Justice

• Encourage interdisciplinary thought and practice through creative methods

• Reflect on ethical ideas of ownership, authorship, commoning, open access and reuse in academic practice

• Use creative methods which align with Strathclyde’s Climate Change and Social Responsibility Policy
Original languageEnglish
TypeWorkshop materials
Media of outputPdf
PublisherUniversity of Strathclyde
Place of PublicationGlasgow
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2022


  • recycling
  • repository
  • Strathprints
  • climate change
  • climate justice
  • ecopoetics
  • Open Access
  • Open Research
  • open text


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