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=== What makes a digital publication useful? ===
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=What makes a digital publication useful?=
  
 
(answer in note form)
 
(answer in note form)
  
=== Accessibility ===
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==Accessibility==
  
 
* cf. <span class="wikiexternallink">[http://perseus.tufts.edu/ Perseus]</span> user figures as compared to books in a physical library
 
* cf. <span class="wikiexternallink">[http://perseus.tufts.edu/ Perseus]</span> user figures as compared to books in a physical library
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* web accessible to new audiences who might never read a classics book otherwise
 
* web accessible to new audiences who might never read a classics book otherwise
  
=== (Almost) unlimited size/space ===
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==(Almost) unlimited size/space==
  
 
* not limited by page size and volume thickness
 
* not limited by page size and volume thickness
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** appendices
 
** appendices
  
=== Media ===
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==Media==
  
 
* images; colour photos; scalable/zoomable images
 
* images; colour photos; scalable/zoomable images
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* interactive media: "game-like" walkthroughs of archaeological sites
 
* interactive media: "game-like" walkthroughs of archaeological sites
  
=== Hyperlinking ===
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==Hyperlinking==
  
 
* internal linking: text to footnotes (and back); cross references to notes, glossary, appendices, bibliography
 
* internal linking: text to footnotes (and back); cross references to notes, glossary, appendices, bibliography
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* mirroring external projects
 
* mirroring external projects
  
=== Updating/Work in progress ===
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==Updating/Work in progress==
  
 
* "Oh great, that means you can update every day, right?"
 
* "Oh great, that means you can update every day, right?"
 
* Stability issues; citable publication
 
* Stability issues; citable publication
  
=== Transparency / Iterative research ===
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==Transparency / Iterative research==
  
 
* source code (cf. Open Source model of scholarship)
 
* source code (cf. Open Source model of scholarship)
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* indices as output and research tool
 
* indices as output and research tool
  
=== Collaboration / Community building ===
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==Collaboration / Community building==
 
* digital publication can be done by people scattered all around the world
 
* digital publication can be done by people scattered all around the world
 
* an "open source" digital publication (somewhat similar to Wikipedia) can attract collaborators willing to invest time and energy in making the publication better
 
* an "open source" digital publication (somewhat similar to Wikipedia) can attract collaborators willing to invest time and energy in making the publication better
  
 
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(Notes above partly reflect [http://digitalmedievalist.org/journal/4/bodard/ Bodard 2008].)
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[[Category:FAQ]]
 
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Revision as of 18:07, 26 January 2016

Contents

What makes a digital publication useful?

(answer in note form)

Accessibility

  • cf. Perseus user figures as compared to books in a physical library
  • Scholars/students outside of major universities, especially in developing world where libraries can not afford obscure/expensive titles
  • costs per unit are lower (or free); development costs usually not higher
  • web accessible to new audiences who might never read a classics book otherwise

(Almost) unlimited size/space

  • not limited by page size and volume thickness
  • can expand abbreviations/conventions/glossary (improve accessibility to non-specialists)
  • can include multiple versions of text/image/media
    • ToCs
    • indices
    • images
    • appendices

Media

  • images; colour photos; scalable/zoomable images
  • multimedia: audio files, video, flash, VR, etc.
  • interactive media: "game-like" walkthroughs of archaeological sites

Hyperlinking

  • internal linking: text to footnotes (and back); cross references to notes, glossary, appendices, bibliography
  • clickable 'thumbnail' images with full images in pop-up
  • cross-references to external projects
  • importing of data from external projects (dynamic, repurposing)
  • mirroring external projects

Updating/Work in progress

  • "Oh great, that means you can update every day, right?"
  • Stability issues; citable publication

Transparency / Iterative research

  • source code (cf. Open Source model of scholarship)
  • check sources
  • indices as output and research tool

Collaboration / Community building

  • digital publication can be done by people scattered all around the world
  • an "open source" digital publication (somewhat similar to Wikipedia) can attract collaborators willing to invest time and energy in making the publication better

(Notes above partly reflect Bodard 2008.)

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