Monday, July 27, 2009

The article of the future

Boffin Today I intend to continue riffing on Friday's theme of Social objects, distributed attention and aggregation, which seemed to go down like a lead balloon ;-)

I went back to the Elsevier Article 2.0 contest which ran last year (yeah, it was sponsored by Elsevier, get over it ;-) and thought some more about the winning entry, applying Web 1.0, Web 2.0 and Web 3.0/Semantic Web approaches to add value to article content:

  • Web 1.0 - Enriched content display and navigation:
  • Inline reference display
  • Unobtrusive paragraph-specific linking and bookmarking
  • Auto-generated table of contents
  • REST-based design - the system uses the REST architectural approach - pages are referred to by a simple URL naming scheme that leads to URLs such as "/elsevier/00012998/0036/0001/05000553/article.html#2", where the URL is structured by the ISSN, Volume, Issue and Article, and then optionally the specific paragraph within the article.
  • Accessible design
  • Uniform navigation between journals, volumes, issues and articles
  • Web 2.0 - Collaborative content creation:
  • Paragraph level granular comments
  • OpenID-based identity management
  • Authority-based comment display and filtering
  • Region-specific image annotation
  • Web 3.0 - adding factual assertions to content:
  • Paragraph and reference level assertions
  • Enhancing references with DOIs
This is quite disappointing in the sense that the gradient from 1.0 to 3.0 is the wrong way round, but I suppose it does make it more achievable, and already some progress has been made in this direction (PLoS ONE and JISCPress):

For me, the problem is that these are system/developer level innovations, so as a humble blogger, I'm still left wondering Where do I go from here?