Revolutionary Reading, Evolutionary Toolmaking: (Re)development of Scholarly Reading and Annotation Tools in Response to an Ever Changing Scholarly Climate

  • James B. MacGregor PKP Associate, SFU University Libraries
  • Michael Joyce
  • Brett Hirsch
  • Cara Leitch Cara Leitch is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of Victoria, PO Box 3070 STN CSC, Victoria, BC, Canada V8W 3W1
  • Ray Siemens Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing and Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Humanities in English, University of Victoria
  • Chia-Ning Chiang
  • Rick Kopak School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies, University of British Columbia
Keywords: Reading tools, Text tools, Knowledge environment, Professional Reading Environment, PKP, Public Knowledge Project, Social networks

Abstract

As the online scholarly landscape changes, so too must the tools used to traverse it.  The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) Reading Tools provides readers a bridge from online scholarly content to a host of contextual information, to a number of discipline-specific search engines and databases, and to other tools. A lot has changed since it was originally released, such as the rise of Google Scholar as the de facto starting point for many novice (and not-so novice) researchers; the blurring line between desktop and web applications; and the increased professional use of social networking tools and websites. Recently, the University of Victoria's Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL), in cooperation with the PKP, undertook a study to determine the role and value of the existing Reading Tools, particularly in the context of Humanities Computing. The ETCL has also developed a prototype Professional Reading Environment which has been the basis for substantial analysis. Rick Kopak and Chia-Ning Chiang at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have undertaken a broad survey of the online annotation landscape, and have written a proposal for developing an annotation system for PKP software. This paper discusses how, using this research as a base and in cooperation with UBC and the PKP, the ETCL has begun a large-scale redevelopment of the PKP Reading Tools, extending the current toolset to include new social networking and research tools, as well as a robust personal annotation system, making social annotation possible between small groups and the public.

Author Biographies

Michael Joyce
Michael Joyce was Developer in the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab at University of Victoria, PO Box 3070 STN CSC, Victoria, BC, Canada V8W 3W1  Email: mr.michael.joyce@gmail.com
Brett Hirsch
Brett Hirsch is University Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway Crawley, WA, Australia 600
Ray Siemens, Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing and Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Humanities in English, University of Victoria
Ray Siemens is Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing and Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Humanities in English with cross appointment in Computer Science at the University of Victoria, PO Box 3070 STN CSC, Victoria, BC, Canada V8W 3W1
Chia-Ning Chiang
Chia-Ning Chiang was PhD Fellow in the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia. Email: chia_ning_chiang@hotmail.com
Rick Kopak, School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies, University of British Columbia
Rick Kopak is Senior Instructor and Graduate Adviser at the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies, University of British Columbia, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Suite 470- 1961 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z1
Published
2012-09-02
Section
Articles