January 24, 2022

"A Very Brief History of Scholarly HTML"

From a Blog Post by Martin Fenner on Gobbledygook:

In April 2009  Learned Publishing published a paper by David Shottontitled Semantic publishing: the coming revolution in scientific journal publishing. David listed six rules for semantic publishers:

  1. Start simply and improve functionality incrementally.
  2. Expect greater things of your authors.
  3. Exploit your existing in-house skills fully.
  4. Use established standards wherever possible.
  5. Publish raw datasets to the Web.
  6. Release article metadata, particularly reference lists, in machine-readable form.

Although the paper focusses on scholarly publishers, these rules also very much apply to what we could call Scholarly HTML today.

At about the same time (March 31, 2009) Peter Sefton for the first time used the term Scholarly HTML in a blog post.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.