October 21, 2021

New Article: “Tackling Complexity in an Interdisciplinary Scholarly Network: Requirements For Semantic Publishing

The following article appears in the May 2016 issue of First Monday.

Title

Tackling Complexity In An Interdisciplinary Scholarly Network: Requirements For Semantic Publishing

Author

Nora Schmidt

University of Vienna, Vienna; Austria
orcid.org/0000-0002-7105-9515

Source

First Monday
Vol 21, No 5 (May 2016)

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.

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