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Friday, April 11, 2008
  How might scholarship and community interact online
Bob Stein on if:book asks stimulating questions about the interaction of scholarship and (online) community:
  • what are new graphical and information design paradigms for orienting
    readers and enabling them to navigate within a multi-layered,
    multi-modal work?
  • how do you distinguish between the reading space and the work space? how porous is the boundary between them?
  • what do readers expect of authors in the context of a "networked" book?
  • what new authorial skill sets need to be cultivated?
  • what range of mechanisms for reader participation and author/reader
    interaction should we explore? (i.e. blog-style commenting, social
    filtering, rating mechanisms, annotation tools, social
    bookmarking/curating, personalized collection-building, tagging, etc.)
  • how do readers become "trusted" within an open community? what are
    the social protocols required for a successful community-based project:
    terms of participation, quality control/vetting procedures, delegation
    of roles etc.
  • what does "community" mean in the context of a specific scholarly work?
  • how will scholars and students cite the contents of dynamic, evolving
    works that are not "stable" like printed pages? how does the project
    get archived? how do you deal with versioning?
  • if asynchronous online conversation becomes a powerful new mode of
    developing scholarship, how do we visualize these conversations and
    make them navigable, readable, and enjoyable?
He raises these issues in his post "where minds meet: new architectures for the study of history and music" as part of the planning for two colloquia that they are organising around "multi-layered, multi-modal digital publications" so it is no surprise that they are facing many of the same issues that we must address in envisaging the future of the Hypertext Bible Commentary and Dictionary.

Their projects include a repurposing of music commentary CDs:
and a networked version of a history text:
How I'd love to be part of their conversations! I wonder if the colloquia will themselves have a networked/virtual component?

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