Can links become the new publishing model
for the Web?

The Open Journal approach

Steve Hitchcock

Open Journal project
Multimedia Research Group
University of Southampton

The Open Journal project is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) of the Higher Education Funding Councils, as part of its Electronic Libraries Programme (eLib).

This presentation was given at Multimedia in science: the annual workshop of German scientific societies held on 3-5 March 1997 at Wuerzburg, Germany. It consists of a series of Powerpoint slides prepared for the talk. A text version of this presentation is available as a single document, for ease of downloading, with links to those slides that can only be presented as figures.

This version posted on the Web 5th March 1997


1 Title slide

2 Aims of the talk

SECTION 1 What journal publishers are doing online

3 The number of UK journal publishers on the Web: a simple summary table

4 Why publishers are now prepared to put journals online

5 A question about online journal publishing

6 Clue: a sample pdf page

7 The transition to online journals: Contradiction 1

SECTION 2 The online user's view

8 The journal user's view: exploding a common myth

9 And... journal readers are more productive!

10 But... our ability to access journal materials is deteriorating

11 The transition to online journals: Contradiction 2

12 Access to journals (traditional library model)

13 Access to online journals (traditional plus Web model)

14 The transition to online journals: Contradiction 3

15 A brief historical perspective: some famous quotes

16 Current examples of journal citation linking

17 Three questions for publishers of online journals

18 Answering our earlier question about online journal publishing

SECTION 3 Applying links: the Open Journal approach

19 Separating the tasks of link authoring and link publishing

20 An Open Journal framework: what we are doing

21 Publishers participating in the Open Journal project

22 Three Open Journals in development: an overview

23 What is 'open' about an Open Journal?

24 Where is the 'journal' in an Open Journal?

25 Features of a link service

26 A (very) brief chronology of link services (1989- )

SECTION 4 Example: an Open Journal in biology
(Note. These slides can be viewed as graphic versions only)

27 A page for the project's test users, listing the journals and resources that comprise the Open Journal in biology

28 Opening one of the resources held on a local server

29 How the server-side link service overlays links on documents: a schematic

30 How the user sets this up in the browser options

31 Reloading the document: now it has links!

32 Scrolling further down the page

33 Clicking on a link: there is more than one destination

34 Following one link to an online resource: the Dictionary of Cell Biology at Glasgow University

35 Opening an online resource from the Open Journal in biology: a BioMedNet journal served in its original form

36 The same BioMedNet page, now with links from the Open Journal server

37 The user controls which links are displayed and how they are shown; an experimental controller

38 The sample pdf page we saw earlier: the link service can even add links to pdf documents!

SECTION 5 Conclusions

39 Applying the conventional publishing model to online journals

40 An Open Journal view of what online 'journals' may become

41 Open Journal research credits

How to contact us: email Steve Hitchcock
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