Enhancing scholarly publications involves presentation in a Web environment with interlinking of the ‘objects’ of a document such as: data on which the publication is based, supplementary materials, post-publication reactions and secondary analyses. This Website is the central location for an ongoing project of creating, co-locating, and intertextual linking of Enhanced Publications of traditionally published books related to Digital Scholarship.
Central to this effort is the release of Semantic WordPress for Digital Scholarship, or Semantic WORDS, a pair of custom plugins developed to introduce traditionally published books to the realm of web-based scholarly communication. The four book Web sites developed to launch this project contain a broad range of features intended to enhance the printed versions of these books, including supplementary resources, visualizations, intertextual linking of content, and formal structuring of content using Semantic Web ontologies. In the next phase, this project involves development of a central database that allows for aggregation of content across the individual book Web sites, such that object relationships, discursive threads, and contextual factors can be made explicit.
The first of the Semantic WORDS plugins, Enhanced Bibliplug, provides a suite of features for authors, which are focused on organization and publication of academic content on the Web. Features include custom page templates for academic texts, integration with Zotero for citation management, and expanded author profile pages for CV content management, such as publications, presentations, projects and other related career accomplishments. In addition to providing authors with advanced tools for publishing on the Web, Bibliplug facilitates visibility (eg in search engines) of relationships between and among researchers, institutions, and both formal and informal scholarly communication.
The second plugin, Enhanced Publication for WordPress, works in parallel with Bibliplug. Added content is simultaneously structured in Semantic Web formats based on academic publishing ontologies. Unlike many Semantic Web applications, this plugin includes integration of a visualization feature, such that object relationships are browsable with the InContext application developed by the SURF Foundation.
The Semantic WORDS plugins are the basis for a hybrid platform that leverages both Web 2.0 participatory modes of scholarly communication combined with formalized content structures imposed by Semantic Web formats. These plugins are developed as open source for use with the WordPress Content Management Software, which is also open source.