Head of Digital Access and Web Services
Montana State University
Digital Initiatives Librarian
Montana State University
Frances Hooper Professor of Arts and Humanities, & Director of Planning, TriQuarterly
Information Technology Digital Media Architect Lead, & Media Architect, TriQuarterly
What Happens When Books Get Webby? Using HTML5, Linked Data, and APIs to Build a Better Book (In the Browser) (Clark, Young):
The library as place and service continues to be shaped by the legacy of the book, though discussion regarding this topic too often centers on the loss of the book artifact while neglecting new forms of the book enabled by the Web. This project update will look at a beta HTML5 framework developed for a Montana State University History class to publish a book in the browser. The presentation will include findings that have advanced an understanding of the book in the context of the Web, including HTML5 markup, structured data with RDFa Lite and schema.org, linked data components using JSON-LD, and an API-driven data model that all together unlocks the book by transforming its content into a semantic, machine-readable, and extensible new platform. Along with an analysis of these possibilities in the library setting, a survey of current efforts to remake the book in the Web development and publishing worlds will be included. Beyond the technical demonstrations and code samples, the discussion will be grounded in the concept of the evolving book: what it means for the book as a medium to be hyperlinked, marked up, styled, and analyzed as a full participant in the web of data.
TriQuarterly: What Can an Online Academic Literary Journal Be? (Gibbons, Wallach):
Northwestern University’s historic literary journal TriQuarterly will publish its next issue in January 2014 into a new and revamped publishing platform. In June 2010, amidst hostile (and in some cases deliberately misleading) pre-release reactions, TriQuarterly was recreated as an online magazine. That process has completely reinvigorated the publication and directly linked the magazine to the pedagogical mission of the university. This pre-release view of the upcoming Issue #145 will present the range of new functions and designs that will be implemented in this most current incarnation of TriQuarterly. This refresh builds on what has been learned both from the first three and half years of expansion in readership and expansion of online literary content types. The technology update responds to deeper integration with social media outlets and also seeks to expose the corpus of contemporary writing present in the magazine in its 60 year history.