Department of Chemistry

Murray-Rust Research Group

Scholarly HTML

As announced on PMR's blog earlier this week...

To some of us it's pretty clear that HTML is THE document format for scholarly documents – and the web is the glue that will bind together C21 research. In March we're going to bring together hackers and thinkers in Cambridge, England to riff on the topic “Exploring and defining Scholarly HTML”. These include Peter Sefton from the Australian Digital Futures Institute, University of Southern Queensland and Martin Fenner from the Hannover Medical School.


What should scholarly documents look like on the web? What do we call the research object of the future? How do we link to data files in robust, sustainable ways, and allow research objects to come alive when placed in the right environment? How do we embed metadata, scientific semantics, formal semantic statements, citations, et al in a research object? How do we write these documents? How do we let machines contribute, annotate, and take over writing the boring bits? How do we ship research to mobile devices, the tablet de jour, and to discipline and institutional repositories? How do we get rid of empty rituals like citation formatting? (hint, a semantic link to a reliable shared bibliography would do) How do we seed documents with annotation points for comment and review and have that work across all the places research reaches?


We're sure that the hackfest will bring together people and their pet technologies: word processors, WordPress, repositories like ePrints and Dspace, file management like Subversion, Git and DropBox(TM), ePub, SWORD, and the Blue Obelisk Chemistry toolkit.

The goal? Running code ready for early adopter researchers, with an emphasis on chemistry implementing and defining "Scholarly HTML".

WHERE?: Unilever Centre for Molecular Science Informatics, Dept. of Chemistry, Cambridge

WHEN?: Saturday/Sunday March 12th/13th 2011, from 10am

ARRIVAL: On arrival at the Chemistry Department you MUST sign the entry book at reception. On Saturday morning the department will be open, but later, and on Sunday, you wlll need to phone Peter (number will be displayed at the entrance) to get access.

SUPPORTING RESOURCES: Scholarly HTML google group, Scholarly HTML EtherPad (both public access)

Please REGISTER for the hackfest (Visitors to the Dept. of Chemistry must be known for safety reasons)