Tuesday, 31 July 2007

IJDC Issue 2

I am very happy that Issue 2 of the International Journal of Digital Curation (IJDC) is now out. This open access journal issue contains 7 peer-reviewed papers and 7 general articles.

I am listed as editor, and did write the editorial, but Richard Waller of UKOLN did all the hard editorial work, in between his day job on Ariadne. Not to mention our authors, of course! My heartfelt thanks to all concerned.

We have a few articles in the pipeline for Issue 3, but I do want to get up a good head of steam. So if you, dear reader, care about digital curation, the care and feeding of science data, the relationship of data to publication, the rights and wrongs of access to data, and/or digital preservation, and have some research results to put forward, please do write us a paper or an article!

We are aware, by the way, that there is a slight problem with our journal in a presentational sense. Take the article by Graham Pryor, for instance: it contains various representations of survey results presented as bar charts, etc in a PDF file (and we know what some people think about PDF and hamburgers). Unfortunately, the data underlying these charts are not accessible!

For various reasons, the platform we are using is an early version of the OJS system from the Public Knowledge Project. It's pretty clunky and limiting, and does tend to restrict what we can do. Now that release 2 is out of the way, we will be experimenting with later versions, with an aim to including supplementary data (attached? External?) or embedded data (RDFa? Microformats?) in the future. Our aim is to practice what we may preach, but we aren't there yet.

If anyone knows how to do this, do please get in touch!


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