The Internet provides researchers and teachers with broad access to scholarly information resources. Not just publications by themselves are made available, but also the underlying data sets, models and algorithms. By adding underlying data and models to articles, results are made easier to verify, reproduce and reuse. Such articles with additional materials are called 'Enhanced Publications'.
What are Enhanced Publications?
An Enhanced Publication consists of a publication, usually a text, with supplementary materials added to it. A publication may be a journal article, a dissertation, scientific report or note or a chapter from a book.
Publications however must be concerned with (scientific) research and include interpretation or analysis of primary data or derivatives therefrom. Supplementary material may for example consist of research data, illustrating images, metadata sets and post-publication data as commentaries and rankings.
By updating and extending post-publication data an Enhanced Publication may continue to develop through time.
Enhanced Publications may also make use of other Enhanced Publications and underlying data resources belonging to those. One Enhanced Publication may therefore be part of another Enhanced Publication.
Examples and tools
A number of tools have been developed to aid researchers to compile enhanced publications. Here are two examples of enhanced publications compiled using the Escape semantic web tool:
- TUD-proefschrift van Bas Wols. The enhancement consists of links from the dissertation to the datasets (stored in the 3TU.Datacentrum) on which the doctoral research is based.
- Article by Nico Sommerdijk (TU/e)
Furthermore a poster has been developed illustrating the way in which an enhanced publication is made. De poster laat ook het voorbeeld zien van de me The poster also shows as example Bas Wols’ enhanced TUD dissertation compiled using ESCAPE.
Which tool you select depends on the kind of enhanced publication you wish to compile. A manual (in Dutch) for enhanced publishing is available at www.surf.nl/vpmaken. Leon Osinski, data librarian at IEC, can also advise you on the choice of an appropriate tool.
To find out more about Enhanced Publications go to the SURF website.