General project description, enhancing scholarly publishing, draft2, 5 feb2011


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General project description, enhancing scholarly publishing, draft2, 5 feb2011

  1. 1. Enhancing Scholarly Publishing in the Humanities and Social Sciences: Innovation through Hybrid Forms of Publication Project Overview KNAW e-Humanities Group [Successor to the Virtual Knowledge Studio for the Humanities and Social Sciences (VKS), Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, KNAW] Cruquiusweg 31 1019 AT Amsterdam, NL T: +3120 8500470 F: +3120 8500271Project ParticipantsNicholas W. Jankowski (project coordinator), Visiting Fellow, VKS / KNAW e-Humanities Group<>Anne Beaulieu, Senior Research Fellow, VKS / KNAW e-Humanities Group< >Clifford Tatum, Digital Scholarship Fellow, VKS / KNAW e-Humanities Group<>Andrea Scharnhorst, Senior Research Fellow, DANS/ VKS / KNAW e-Humanities Group<>Project Web site: Digital ScholarshipDate of preparation: 30 January 2011This document summarizes the objectives and activities planned by members of the KNAW e-Humanities Group in preparing a series of scholarly book titles as enhanced publications. Theoverview of this project is extracted from a more extensive proposal submitted to and approved forfunding by the SURFfoundation. The full proposal of the project may be found on a Web sitemaintained by the e-Humanities Group, Digital Scholarship; this site also contains a blog establishedfor the project.Much has been written about the meaning of ‘enhanced publication’ of scholarly work (seereferences in the full proposal of this project), but the general characteristics involve publication in aWeb environment with interlinking of the various ‘objects’ of that publication: data on which thepublication is based, supplementary materials, and post-publication reactions and analyses. Wherepossible, these objects are identified in a manner facilitating access and involve utilization of auniform standard of identification. The objects are suitably dated and prepared for archiving in aninstitutional repository that ensures durability of the components of the publication. 1
  2. 2. The primary objective of the project is to develop hybrid forms of scholarly book publications. Thesewill consist of Web sites to complement four books originally or currently being prepared as printedvolumes for commercial and university-based publishers. These Web sites will contain a broad rangeof features that are designed to enhance the printed versions of these books with regard to:  supplementary resources (e.g., links, blogs, chapter appendices, author profiles);  chapter visualizations (e.g., animations, figures, tables) in color;  hyperlinks, both internal and external to the book texts;  author updating of site materials;  options for search within and between objects.The second objective is to develop a database that allows for aggregation of content across theindividual book Web sites, such that relationships, underpinnings, and contextual factors are madeexplicit. Together with a user interface, this database and related features is designed to support ad-hoc queries and real-time visualizations of discursive threads on the Web sites. Fundamental to thisobjective is an understanding of the Web as an environment that is dynamic and evolving. Whilethere is significant value in archiving scholarly work available on the Web, this aspect is notaccentuated in this project. Instead, the activities in this project focus on engagement with emergingnew scholarly practices, particularly in the realm of informal scholarly communication. In sum, theaim is to introduce book-related texts, and associated materials, as digital proxies of scholarship.The third objective is to disseminate the results of the project experiences in preparing enhancedpublications. This objective involves sharing those experiences through the networks of the hostinstitution and participating staff, and with the readership of the enhanced publications. Conferencepanels and workshops are also planned to facilitate this objective. Further, a proposal is to bedeveloped to engage discussion with scholarly publishers in the values of hybrid forms of publication.Web sites for the following four books are to be prepared during the project:  Jankowski, N. W. (ed.), e-Research: Transformation in Scholarly Practice. New York: Routledge, 2009.  Wouters, P., Beaulieu, A., Scharnhorst, A., & Wyatt, S. (eds.), Virtual Knowledge (submitted to MIT Press, Nov. 2010).  Jankowski, N. W. Digital Media: Concepts & Issues, Research & Resources, (to be submitted to Polity Press, part of Digital Media and Society series, forthcoming 2011).  Park, D., Jankowski, N. W., & Jones (eds.), The Long History of New Media: Technology, Historiography, and Newness Contextualized (submitted to Peter Lang Publisher, part of Digital Formations series, forthcoming 2011).The project commenced in January 2011 and will be completed by June 2011. The final report, as wellas links to the Web sites accompanying the four volumes, is to be made available on the project Website Digital Scholarship. 2