Moderator Ed Hovy picked out 6 quotes to summarize Beyond the PDF’s sessions on Annotation.
Papers are stories that persuade with data.
But as authors we are lazy and undisciplined.
Communicating between humans and humans and humans and machines.
I should be interested in ontologies, but I just can’t work up the enthusiasm.
Christmas tree of hyperlinks.
You will get sued.
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Nicole Henning suggests that academic libraries and scholarly presses work together to create the ultimate mobile app for scholarly ereading. I think about the requirements a bit differently, in terms of the functional requirements.
The main functions are obtaining materials, reading them, organizing them, keeping them, and sharing them.
For obtaining materials, the key new requirement is to simplify authentication: handle campus authentication systems and personal subscriptions. Multiple credentialed identities should be supported. A secondary consideration is that RSS feeds (e.g. for journal tables of contents) should be supported.
For reading materials, the key requirement is to support multiple formats in the same application. I don’t know of a web app or mobile app that supports PDF, EPUB, and HTML. Reading interfaces matter: look to Stanza and Ibis Reader for best-in-class examples.
For organizing materials, the key is synergy between the user’s data and existing data. Allow tags, folders, and multiple collections. But also leverage existing publisher and library metadata. Keep it flexible, allowing the user to modify metadata for personal use (e.g. for consistency or personal terminology) and to optionally submit corrections.
For keeping materials, import, export, and sync content from the user’s chosen cloud-based storage and WebDAV servers. No other device (e.g. laptop or desktop) should be needed.
For sharing materials, support lightweight micropublishing on social networks and email; networks should be extensible and user-customizable. Sync to or integrate with citation managers and social cataloging/reading list management systems.
Regardless of the ultimate system, I’d stress that device independence is important, meaning that an HTML5 website would probably the place to start: look to Ibis Reader as a model.
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Springer’s LaTeX search service (example results) allow searching for LaTeX strings or finding the LaTeX equations in an article. Since LaTeX is used to markup equations in many scientific publications this could be an interesting way to find related work or view an equation-centric summary of a paper.
You can provide a LaTeX string, and Springer says that besides exact matches they can return similar LaTeX strings:
Or, you can search by DOI or title to get all the equations in a given publication:
Under each equation in the search results you can click “show LaTeX code”:
Right now it just searches Springer’s publications; Springer would like to add open access databases and preprint servers. Coverage even in Springer journals seems spotty: I couldn’t find two particular discrete math articles papers, so I’ve written Springer for clarification. As far as I can tell, there’s no way to get from SpringerLink to this LaTeX search yet: it’s a shame, because “show all equations in this article” would be useful, even with the proviso that only LaTeX equations were shown.
A nice touch is their sandbox where you can test LaTeX code, with a LaTeX dictionary conveniently below.
via Eric Hellman
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Today, in many countries around the world, new works become public property: January 1st every year is Public Domain Day. Material in the public domain can be used, remixed and shared freely — without violating copyright and without asking permission.
However, in the United States, not a single new work entered the public domain today. Americans must wait 8 more years: Under United States copyright law, nothing more will be added to the public domain until January 1, 2019.
Until the 1970’s the maximum copyright term was 56 years. Under that law, Americans would have been able to truly celebrate Public Domain Day:
- All works published in 1954 would be entering the public domain today.
- up to 85% of all copyrighted works from 1982 would be entering the public domain today. (Copyright Office and Duke).
Instead, only works published before 1923 are conclusively in the public domain in the U.S. today. What about post-1923 publications? It’s complicated: in the United States.
For more information on Public Domain Day and the United States, Duke’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain has a series of useful pages.
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