November 28, 2020

JSTOR Labs Releases: “Reimagining the Digital Monograph: Design Thinking to Build New Tools for Researchers” Final Report

JSTOR Labs released the following report today.

Title

Reimagining the Digital Monograph: Design Thinking to Build New Tools for Researchers (Final Report)
2017-06-11_11-50-47

Authors

Alex Humphreys

Christina Spencer

Laura Brown

Matthew Loy

Ronald Snyder

Source

JSTOR Labs

Abstract

Scholarly books are increasingly available in digital form, but the online interfaces for using these books often allow only for the browsing of PDF files. JSTOR Labs, an experimental product-development group within the not-for-profit digital library JSTOR, undertook an ideation and design process to develop new and different ways of showing scholarly books online, with the goal that this new viewing interface should be relatively simple and inexpensive to implement for any scholarly book that is already available in PDF form. This paper documents that design process, including the recommendations of a working group of scholars, publishers, and librarians convened by JSTOR Labs and the Columbia University Libraries in October 2016.

The prototype monograph viewer developed through this process—called “Topicgraph”—is described herein and is freely available online at https://labs.jstor.org/topicgraph.

Direct to Full Text Report (54 pages; PDF)

About Gary Price

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.

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