New Vision for the Monograph

Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed, Jun 13, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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Now that we have the World Wide Web, a technology that puts digital content into the hands of everyone, academics and publishers are turning their attention (once again) to book platforms. One wonders why. But instances abound. This article profiles a tool called Topicgraph That "is part of a JSTOR project to take the digital scholarly monograph from a PDF to something more useful for researchers." Read their white paper (54 page PDF). This initiative joins the EDUPUB Alliance, formed in 2013, and IEEE's Actionable Data Book (ADB) specification under development. And of course (as one commenter notes) we have other monograph-only platforms like ebrary and VitalSource. U personally think that the WWW works fine, but of course it's a lot harder for publishers to lock down content, which is why they're always in search of new platforms. Image: BookPrinting.com.
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