Enhanced publications are a central theme of the SURFshare program (2007-2011) that aims to facilitate knowledge sharing by using the latest developments in information and communications technologies (ICT). Enhanced publications appear in various formats (including journal articles, dissertations, reports, and book chapters), they involve scientific or scholarly research, and they contain an interpretation or analysis of research data or something derived from it. Supplementary material may consist of, for example, research data, illustrative images, metadata sets, or post-publication data such as comments or rankings. The option of changing post-publication data allows an enhanced publication to develop over the course of time.
Through enhanced publications more of the research process will be visible and accessible, not only for human readers but also for machine-to-machine interaction (the standards for enhanced publications make use of Resource Description Framework [RDF] and Open Archives Initiative-Object Reuse and Exchange [OAI-ORE]). Although the focus is on the traditional publication (through which most researchers earn their scientific credentials) it gradually shifts attention to a broader perspective of research in which research data play an important role.
Two years of grant-funded projects have resulted in lessons learned on organizational and technical levels. These experiences and knowledge will be used to develop an infrastructure that will be able to facilitate the creation, preservation and dissemination of enhanced publications. In this session the lessons learned and the roadmap towards such an infrastructure will be presented. Furthermore, the challenges that will have to be met and the opportunities enhanced publications will offer will be discussed.