Thursday, February 13, 2014

Discovering Scholarship on the Open Web: Communities and Methods

Joan Fragaszy Troyano, Project Director 
Jeri Wieringa, Research Assistant 
Last Updated: April 2013

Online publications that aggregate content from a wide variety of sources have become increasingly valuable to readers and publishers. The academy, however, is still unsure how to efficiently identify, collect, survey, evaluate, and redistribute the valuable scholarly writing published both formally and informally on the open web. Fortunately, some scholarly communities are developing methods to draw attention to upcoming work in their fields.

This report outlines the current state of the aggregation, curation, evaluation, and distribution of scholarship on the open web. We describe the primary types of websites where open collections of scholarly work can be found, specifically repositories, aggregators, curated content, and forums for post-publication review. We suggest an eight-point rubric for analyzing similar sources of web-published scholarship. Finally, we offer an annotated bibliography of outlets for scholarly communication on the open web.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Aggregating and Curating Scholarly Content on the Web 
  • Repositories
  • Collections of Aggregated Content
  • Curated Content
  • Post-publication Review and Community Discussion
3. Conclusion: Moving toward a Rubric

  • Rubric for Scholarly Communication Outlets on the Open Web

4. Appendices 
  • Appendix A: Sites Reviewed 
  • Appendix B: Tools And Services Examined
  • Appendix C: Scholarly Communication Projects on the Open Web
!!! Thanks to Michelle Mikkesen !!!

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Pundit: Semantically Structured Annotations

Annotating is the act of expressing knowledge about a “resource”. A variety of web annotation tools is appearing on the scene, so how does pundit differ from others?

The main idea behind Pundit is to enable users not only to comment, bookmark or tag web pages, but also to create semantically structured data while annotating, thus enriching the so called Web of Data.

The ability to express semantically typed relations among resources, relying on ontologies and specific vocabularies, not only enables users to express unambiguous and precise semantics, but also, more interestingly, fosters the reuse of such collaboratively created knowledge within other web applications. For example: provide a powerful semantic search, build innovative ad-hoc data visualizations or ultimately improve the way users explore the web.

This picture might give a better idea of what we mean by semantically structured annotations: the ability for users to create knowledge graphs where web content fragments, concepts and entities are meaningfully connected.

Technically, such a knowledge graph is represented using the Resource Description Framework (RDF), the main building block of the so called Semantic Web.


Pundit enables users to create semantically structured data annotating the web. Annotations are organised in notebooks which can be shared with others to create collaborative structured knowledge. They can be simple comments, semantic links to the Web of Data or fine granular cross-references and citations done between entire pages, paragraphs or any other user-defined granularity, including custom drawn shapes over images. The created data can be exploited to build custom rich visualizations, by querying the server's open API.

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!!! Thanks to Xavier Agenjo Bull√≥n !!! 

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

SHARE Notification System Project Plan Released

The SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE)—a joint initiative of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)—today released the SHARE Notification System Project Plan ... .

The plan details the first in a series of activities to be undertaken by SHARE to ensure that scholarly research outputs are discovered and built upon in a manner that facilitates and accelerates the research process. The SHARE notification system is consistent with higher education’s ongoing mission to encourage community-driven solutions that increase public access to research and maximize knowledge creation.

Funding agencies, sponsored research offices at universities, institutional and disciplinary repositories, and other interested parties have found it difficult to keep abreast of the release of publications, datasets, and other results of scholarly research. Across the disciplines, principal investigators and other scholars do not have any single, structured way to report on these releases in a timely and comprehensive manner. The SHARE Notification System is a higher education–based initiative to strengthen efforts to identify, discover, and track research outputs.


 !!! Thanks To Gary Price !!!

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Academic Torrents: Decentralized Platform To Share Papers and Datasets

Researchers from the University of Massachusetts have launched a torrent site which allows academics to share papers and datasets. AcademicTorrents provides researchers with a reliable and decentralized platform to share their work with peers, as well as the rest of the world.


The site was launched by Joseph Cohen and Henry Lo, two PhD students working at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. The torrent site aims to provide academics with a cheap and decentralized platform to share their work and data with the rest of the world.

AcademicTorrents allows researchers to upload datasets, articles and other research material. The site runs it own tracker and supports web-seeds as well, which guarantee that files are available at all times.


>>> Thanks to Tara Penelope Calishain <<<

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