Spreadsheet for Afternoon Work https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AoWXIZo5tNL1dDIyWlJ2VmtGQkhoNVNCVjJvZTlTQ0E
Utopia Docs is a desktop app (PDF reader) + web service that allows users to annotate PDFs in a localized (anchored), conversational format. Annotations are universally visible: if another user opens the same PDF, they’ll see other users’ annotations.
Upvoting/downvoting of questions/answers/comments, credit accumulation, new capabilities as credit is accumulated (e.g., can only upvote comments after some number of points have been gained).
Mismatch between length of questions & the long-form articles we want to be able to handle.
Fine-grained commenting theme for WordPress, so that conversations can happen on paragraphs. Big advantage over Utopia: in the browser; in WordPress and therefore more hackable.
WordPress theme for “journal” publication/review used for PLoS Currents
“Portal” platform, currently only one example.
- Pull Utopia Docs/other annotations could into a Stack Overflow or other-like service via an API?
- WordPress-based solution using Annotum/CommentPress/ratings plugin, etc., etc.
- Some other content management system/framework (Drupal etc.)
Thanks for allowing me to sit on this morning – cool stuff.
Here are those refs to work on collaboration readiness:
Olson, G. M. & Olson, J. S. (2000). Distance Matters. Human-Computer Interaction, 15(2/3), 139-178.
Olson, G.M., Teasley, S., Bietz, M. J., & Cogburn, D. L. (2002). Collaboratories to support distributed science: the example of international HIV/AIDS research, Proceedings of the 2002 annual research conference of the South African institute of computer scientists and information
Here is the (long) report on the UK academic staff reading patterns.
A report my team did for the Publishing Research Consortium on factors that influence reading is the second report listed at this link. They have also sponsored research on peer review and other things. It is a group of publishers, but they put no constraints on the research.
Issues Addressed by Survey
- Gaps in publishing – desirables, impediments, and what I hate about the current process
- Metrics of reputation from scholarly publishing
- Incentives to try something new
This survey will address the ‘readyness’ of the community for a publishing 2.0 solution, and what will help guide people forward as quickly as possible
Survey #2 will be a post-‘experiment’ survey