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Future formats: representing the next generation of scholarly articles

Future formats: representing the next generation of scholarly articles

Presentation used by Steve Petiffer and Martin Fenner at the UKSG 2012 Meeting March 27/28 in Glasgow.

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Martin Fenner

March 27, 2012
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  1. Future formats Representing the next generation of scholarly articles

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  3. @srp Steve Pettifer

  4. @srp Steve Pettifer Vs.

  5. @srp Steve Pettifer @mfenner Martin Fenner Vs.

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  7. An insult to science

  8. n insult to scienc

  9. Like inventing the telephone... and then using it to transmit

    Morse code
  10. Like inventing the telephone... and then using it to transmit

    Morse code
  11. A hamburger that we are trying to turn back into

    a cow
  12. A hamburger that we are trying to turn back into

    a cow
  13. Over 80% of all articles are downloaded as PDFs

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  15. How do we read articles now? http://www.flickr.com/photos/ari/1278741466/

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  17. Keeping the ‘minutes of science’ Jan Velterop, “Keeping the Minutes

    of Science” in: Proceedings of Electronic Libraries and Visual Information Research (ELVIRA) Conference, Aslib, London, No. 2-14 May 1995.
  18. •Downloadable / archivable as single items •Mine to keep •Can’t

    be sneakily modified
  19. PDF is broken for mobile devices

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  24. PDF is not good for linking content

  25. “Stories that persuade with data” Anita De Waard, Knowledge Media

    Panel, University of Toronto, Sept 2010
  26. PDFs have ‘edges’. This is a good thing. http://www.quora.com/Why-do-scientists-tend-to-prefer-PDF-documents-over-HTML-when-reading-scientific-journals

  27. Stories have a beginning, a middle and an end.

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  40. PDF fallacies 101 • PDF is a ‘closed format’ •

    PDFs are not ‘semantic’ and have no ‘structure’ • PDFs can’t encode international characters • You can’t extract images / text / whatever • There’s no free software to process PDFs
  41. “I asked for some data, but was sent it as

    a table in a PDF file.
  42. “I asked for some data, but was sent it as

    a table in a PDF file. I can’t do anything with that.
  43. “I asked for some data, but was sent it as

    a table in a PDF file. I can’t do anything with that. Therefore, PDFs are stupid.”
  44. The is no such thing as a stupid format...

  45. The is no such thing as a stupid format... ...

    only stupid people.
  46. All the momentum is behind HTML (and CSS, JavaScript)

  47. Charts with Highcharts JavaScript

  48. Table sorting with jQuery

  49. Layout with Twitter Bootstrap CSS

  50. Typography with Adobe Typekit

  51. Publishing with Wordpress (Annotum)

  52. Discussion...

  53. Ways Forward?

  54. Best of both worlds? utopiadocs.com

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  56. Tips and Recommendations

  57. Work on HTML reading experience of your journal

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  61. Use Responsive Design

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  64. Work with offline readers such as Instapaper

  65. Provide ePub for offline reading and archiving

  66. ePub

  67. How will we read articles in 5 years’ time? http://www.flickr.com/photos/zandwacht/5718319650/