New Scenarios in Scholarly Publishing and Debate

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The Knowledge Web: Learning and Collaborating on the Net, 1998, 1, pp. 135 - 151
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This chapter describes how we are seeking to exploit the potential of interactive Web media through user-centred analysis of a mode of working that defines academic lifecritical, structured debate about documents. We are as interested in supporting school and university students critiquing course texts and publishing essays, as in professional scholars and researchers engaged in journal peer review and publishing. We question the replication of papyrocentric models which do not stop to question whether the new media make possible new modes of working, and new forms of document. We then describe the design principles underpinning the environments for reading and critiquing Web documents that the D3E Publishing Toolkit generates, and illustrate how things might be different by working through two scenarios of academic document-centred discourse, as supported by D3E. We conclude by pointing to directions in which future work could develop.
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