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Publication . Article . Preprint . 2019

Enabling a Conversation Across Scholarly Monographs through Open Annotation

Andrea C. Bertino; Heather Staines;
Open Access
Published: 14 May 2019
Publisher: Preprints
Country: Germany
The digital format opens up new possibilities for interaction with monographic publications. In particular, annotation tools make it possible to broaden the discussion on the content of a book, to suggest new ideas, to report errors or inaccuracies, and to conduct open peer reviews. However, this requires the support of the users who might not yet be familiar with the annotation of digital documents. This paper will give concrete examples and recommendations for exploiting the potential of annotation in academic research and teaching. After presenting the annotation tool of Hypothesis, the article focuses on its use in the context of HIRMEOS (High Integration of Research Monographs in the European Open Science Infrastructure), a project aimed to improve the Open Access digital monograph. The general line and the aims of a post-peer review experiment with the annotation tool, as well as its usage in didactic activities concerning monographic publications are presented and proposed as potential best practices for similar annotation activities.
Subjects by Vocabulary

Library of Congress Subject Headings: lcsh:Communication. Mass media lcsh:P87-96 lcsh:Information resources (General) lcsh:ZA3040-5185

Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Conversation media_common.quotation_subject media_common Higher education business.industry business Computer science Context (language use) Open peer review Annotation Best practice World Wide Web Open science


library_information_science, open annotation, monographs, open access, higher education, open peer review, open annotation; monographs; open access; higher education; open peer review, 020, Computer Science Applications, Media Technology, Communication, Business and International Management, Library and Information Sciences

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Funded by
High Integration of Research Monographs in the European Open Science infrastructure
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 731102
  • Funding stream: H2020 | RIA
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