Is Linking Thinking? Addressing Scholarly Hypermedia
michael roy, information technology services, wesleyan university  home

IV. Evolving Standards: Technical Infrastructure: Linking and Addressability

 

If as Lyman claims the "the problem of the quality of multimedia information is not simply technical, but requires the development of new genres and rhetorical norms within which visual media are consistent with academic values such as critical judgment.", it is important to dwell nonetheless on some of the technical problems, which are in fact not simple at all, and in fact are embroiled in much larger issues surrounding the future of fair use, the ownership of intellectual property, the longevity of information published in electronic form, etc. Even if one does not wish to engage in these larger issues, from a pragmatic point of view, we must consider the technical issues surrounding the development and distribution of scholarly information. 

 

These issues include:

  • production values
  • functionality
  • life-span/system dependence
  • production resources needed (skills, time, interest)
  • audience (accees, platforms, bandwidth, etc.) 

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tech:

quicktime, flash, jstor plugin , java, javascript

bandwidth

licensing

 

Addressing in general
http://www.w3.org/Addressing/

Linkages 
http://www.niso.org/linkge.html

Digital Object Identifiers
http://www.doi.org 

Purls
http://www.purl.org

http://purl.oclc.org/NET/linkthink

 

html: 

xml: 
xlink
, xpointer, xsl 

In the field of journal publishing, where journal publishers and professional societies are hammering out the vexing problems of how to allow the linking of citations in one journal article to the articles they cite in a different article.

slinks   
troubling by its end-run around copyright through contract law: implications for fair use

 

What can be expected of faculty in terms of technical knowledge to produce this material? What is the shelf-life of these products? How will they be archived? How do you 'quote' from them? Complex schemes for improving the stability of the web through the creation of naming services and indirection produce obvious trade-offs: the original attraction of the web, its openness, the fact that you barely needed to ask anyone permission to do anything, the rapid development environment, go away. 

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