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The LiviBL project will develop a sustainable series of co-edited, electronic open access books about life – with life understood both philosophically and biologically – which will provide a bridge between the humanities and the science.

Living Books About Life: LiviBL

Making use of Open Access content on the web, the Living Books About Life (LiviBL) project developed a sustainable series of co-edited, open access e-books about life - including topics such as Agriculture, Human Cloning and Pharmacology – to provide a bridge between the humanities and the sciences.

Academic editors selected by the project team located and curated existing open access science related research content around selected topics whose unifying theme is life.

The 20 topics featured are listed below, with links to the actual books

By initially publishing these 20 'living books about life', the partner institutions collaborated to develop a sustainable model for creating and publishing, in a low-cost, low-tech manner that can hopefully be used for many more such books in the future - books that will be shared on an open basis with other academic and non-academic institutions and individuals.

The project partners were Coventry University (lead), Goldsmiths, University of London and the University of Kent, and a commercial partner, the Open Humanities Press (OHP).

A unique feature of this project is that these 'books about life' are themselves 'living', in the sense that they are open to ongoing collaborative processes of editing, updating and commenting upon, by readers of all levels.

As well as clustering and repackaging the available science content on 'life' into a series of books, the project also aimed to rethink 'the book' itself as a living, collaborative endeavour in the age of digital data, Web 2.0 and e-readers such as Kindle and iPad.

Project Staff

  • Gary Hall, Professor of Media and Performing Art, Coventry University, Tel.: 024 7688 8610
  • Project Manager - Jayne Beaufoy


Documents & Multimedia

Start date
1 March 2011
End date
30 September 2011
Funding programme
Digitisation and Content
e-Content programme 2011
Project website
Lead institutions
Coventry University
Partner institutions
Goldsmith's College
University of Kent
Open Humanities Press