In my last post I wrote about the importance of keeping things simple in scholarly publishing, today I want to go into more detail with one example: citations in scholarly documents.
Please keep it simple 16 Sep 2014
Doing scientific research is becoming increasingly complex, both in terms of the tools and technologies used, and in the collaboration across disciplines and locations that is increasingly commonplace. While the way we write up and publish research is of course also very different from 25 years ago, I would argue that our tools and services haven’t quite evolved at the same pace.
CommonMark and the Future of Scholarly Markdown 07 Sep 2014
One of the important outcomes of the Markdown for Science workshop that took place in June 2013 was a decision on a name - Scholarly Markdown - and a brief definition:
Using Microsoft Word with git 25 Aug 2014
One of the major challenges of writing a journal article is to keep track of versions - both the different versions you create as the document progresses, and to merge in the changes made by your collaborators. For most academics Microsoft Word is the default writing tool, and it is both very good and very bad in this. Very good because the track changes feature makes it easy to see what has changed since the last version and who made the changes. Very bad because this feature is built around keeping everything in a single Word document, so that only one person can work on on a manuscript at a time. This usually means sending manuscripts around by email, and being very careful about not confusing different versions of the document, which requires creativity.
Introducing Rakali 18 Aug 2014
In July and August I attended the Open Knowledge Festival and Wikimania. At both events I had many interesting discussions around open source tools for open access scholarly publishing, and I was part of a panel on that topic at Wikimania last Sunday. Some of my thoughts were summarized in a blog post a few weeks ago (Build Roads not Stagecoaches). Today I am happy to announce the first public release of a tool that hopefully contributes to making publishing of open content a bit easier.
Visualizing Scholarly Content 09 Aug 2014
One topic I will cover this Sunday in a presentation on Open Scholarship Tools at Wikimania 2014 together with Ian Mulvany is visualization.
What is a DOI? 06 Aug 2014
This Sunday Ian Mulvany and I will do a presentation on Open Scholarship Tools at Wikimania 2014 in London.
Fragment Identifiers and DOIs 02 Aug 2014
Before all our content turned digital, we already used page numbers to describe a specific section of a book or longer document, with older manuscripts using the folio before that. Page numbers have transitioned to electronic books with readers such as the Kindle supporting them eventually.
One Ring to Rule them All 30 Jul 2014
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.
Don't Reinvent the Wheel 24 Jul 2014
In a post last week I talked about roads and stagecoaches, and how work on scholarly infrastructure can often be more important than building customer-facing apps. One important aspect of that infrastruture work is to not duplicate efforts.