Beyond the PDF and Scholarly HTML

2011-03-17T19:11:28Z in web

Says Peter Sefton on Scholarly HTML:

If we can get this right we can help the web be what it was meant to be from the start, a platform for scholarship.

I've had my head down in Pleiades for a while and am belatedly becoming aware of the crucial efforts labeled #beyondthepdf and #scholarlyhtml. Open access to PDFs or Word docs, while a big cultural step, has never impressed me all that much; semantically marked-up HTML could make so much more possible – search indexes of hypotheses and methodologies, for example, or a traversable web of citation. Sebastian Heath, too, is working this ground for ISAW Papers. Hopefully, I'll get to represent and discuss that a bit next week, and consider what I can do to make the HTML of Pleiades more scholarly and interoperable.

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