Authors and Authoring

  • Learning how to author for the web rather than just emulate print and then build libraries for such documents -- (Cliff Lynch)
One direction is that scholarship is becoming more simulation-, computation-, data- and visualization-intensive. The recent blue-ribbon committee on cyber-infrastructure that Dan Atkins chaired for NSF has made a great case for this in its report. But we still don't have well-established practices for how those new kinds of material fit with the various scholarly literatures. In many cases today they exist off to the side rather than integrated with scientific exposition and communication as it's historically been practiced in journals and monographs. Some fabulous work has been done using simulations and data sets and visualizations and models. But right now it happens separate from the established system of scholarly publishing, and there's terrible risk there.