Tackling complexity in an interdisciplinary scholarly network: Requirements for semantic publishing

  • Nora Schmidt Information Studies, Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, University of Lund, Sweden
Keywords: Scholarly Publishing, Semantic Web

Abstract

Scholarly communication is complex. The clarification of concepts like “academic publication”, “document”, “semantics” and “ontology” facilitates tracking the limitations and benefits of the media of the current publishing system, as well as of a possible alternative medium. In this paper, requirements for such a new medium of scholarly communication, labeled Scholarly Network, have been collected and a basic model has been developed. An interdisciplinary network of concepts and assertions, created with the help of Semantic Web technologies by scholars and reviewed by peers and information professionals, can provide a quick overview of the state of research. The model picks up the concept of Nanopublications, but maps information in a more granular way. For a better understanding of which problems have to be solved by developing such a publication medium, e.g., inconsistency, theories of Radical Constructivism are of great help.

Author Biography

Nora Schmidt, Information Studies, Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, University of Lund, Sweden

After her studies in library and information science, sociology and art history, Nora Schmidt currently is a Ph.D. student in information studies at the University of Lund, continuing her work on scholarly communication. Between 2011 and 2015, she gained professional experience at the Vienna University Library’s Open Access Office.

Published
2016-04-24
How to Cite
Schmidt, N. (2016). Tackling complexity in an interdisciplinary scholarly network: Requirements for semantic publishing. First Monday, 21(5). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v21i5.6102
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Articles