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Date:         Thu, 16 Oct 2008 07:41:27 +0100
From: Humanist Discussion Group <willard.mccarty-AT-MCCARTY.ORG.UK>
Subject: 22.276 new on WWW: Journal of Electronic Publishing 11.3
To: humanist-AT-Princeton.EDU

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 276.
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         Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2008 07:38:24 +0100
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         Subject: Journal of Electronic Publishing (JEP) Volume 11.3 now 

Dear JEP readers:

We are pleased to announce the publication of the newest issue of the
Journal of Electronic Publishing
<> . Below the signature is
our Editor's Note, which includes an announcement of JEP’s newest
feature, Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for each article. As always,
thank you for reading JEP, and please spread the word.

Best regards,
Shana Kimball
Managing Editor, Journal of Electronic Publishing

Help us make JEP better! Send your comments and questions to

Editor’s Note

--Judith Axler Turner

"One of the most exciting events of 1997 was the introduction at the
Frankfurt Book Fair of the Digital Object Identifier, a system that will
allow all of us to manage our intellectual-property rights in ways we
probably can’t imagine today."

Those prescient words are (ahem!) mine, introducing a 1997 article in
JEP on the DOI System by Bill Rosenblatt. In 1997 we imagined that the
DOI system would protect owners of copyrighted works by providing a
standard way to get to (and, eventually, pay for) information in an
electronic format—an electronic marketplace. What we did not imagine at
the time was that the DOI would become an electronic tracking service,
helping to guarantee that any electronic material with such an
identifier could be found, no matter how many URL changes there had
been, or how many times the home Web site had been updated, rearranged,
and archived.

For scholars, this tracking across sources facilitates access to the
literature behind the citations in research publications. That means
whenever you come across a reference in JEP to an article that has a
DOI, or when you come across a reference in another scholarly article to
something in JEP, you can be sure that the link will work. Forever. This
guarantee of immutability in linking is the strength of the DOI System

JEP has been redesigned, rearranged, re-URLed, and seen changes in
ownership. We were concerned that links to JEP articles would no longer
work. In the original JEP, we checked URLs by hand, and changed those
that no longer worked (sometimes having to do some detective work to
find where cited articles had moved). JEP’s current publisher, the
Scholarly Publishing Office, has its own permanent URLs through the CNRI
Handle System, but SPO’s implementation is not part of a larger network
of publishers as the DOI System is.

Now we have registered with the DOI System so that you will always be
able to find every JEP article, and know that it is the correct version.
We registered our articles through CrossRef, which calls itself "the
official DOI® link registration agency for scholarly and professional
publications." It was a smooth process, and one that we recommend for
everyone in scholarly publishing. The DOIs now appear in the headers of
articles for this issue and all back issues. For more information on how
it works, see CrossRef’s explanation of the DOI service
<> .

The difference between expectations and reality is the stuff of theory:
why did we expect one thing, and why did it turn out differently? What
ideas can explain this, and how can we use those ideas to understand the
world? The authors we feature in this issue are also exploring how
reality and theory interrelate.

Frederick Wright, Ursuline College, muses on theories of collecting: why
do people collect, and what does the corporality of the collection mean
to a collector? "How Can 575 Comic Books Weigh Under An Ounce?: Comic
Book Collecting in the Digital Age" shows us a side of electronic
publishing that we have not before explored in JEP.

Gary Hanson and Paul Haridakis, both from Kent State University, were
intrigued by their students’ use of YouTube, and decided to test that
usage against some communications theories. They found that YouTube
users treated recreational videos and news videos differently. Their
findings are elaborated in "YouTube Users Watching and Sharing the News:
A Uses and Gratifications Approach."

Oya Rieger from Cornell’s University Library writes about how current
communication theory explains the acceptance of institutional
repositories in "Opening Up Institutional Repositories: Social
Construction of Innovation in Scholarly Communication."

Gretchen Wagner, general counsel at ARTstor, compares theory to practice
in "Finding a New Angle of Repose." The theory in this case is
copyright; the practice is the classroom. ARTstor is a digital library
of nearly one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the
humanities, and social sciences; those images are made available for
research and educational purposes by ARTstor. This article first
appeared in the EDUCAUSE Review.

Real scholars are not afraid to turn theory on themselves. William Grose
and Shayla Thiel-Stern tried live blogging—writing about an event as it
unfolds, and publishing it on the Internet—in their communications class
at the University of Minnesota. Their analysis of what happened and why,
"Live Blogging in the College Classroom: A Professor and Student
Perspective," can perhaps help other theorists come up with new and
better theories.




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