Description

This book addresses the question of how knowledge is currently documented, and may soon be documented in the context of what it calls ‘semantic publishing’. This takes two forms: a more narrowly and technically defined ‘semantic web’; as well as a broader notion of semantic publishing. This book examines the ways in which knowledge is represented in journal articles and books. By contrast, it goes on to explore the potential impacts of semantic publishing on academic research and authorship. It sets this in the context of changing knowledge ecologies: the way research is done; the way knowledge is represented and; the modes of knowledge access used by researchers, students and the general public.

Key Features

  • Provides an introduction to the ‘semantic web’ and semantic publishing for readers outside the field of computer science
  • Discusses the relevance of the ‘semantic web’ and semantic publishing more broadly, and its application to academic research
  • Examines the changing ecologies of knowledge production

Readership

Researchers, students and practitioners in the fields of library science, research methods and computer science

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables Figures

Authors

Chapter 1: Changing knowledge systems in the era of the social web

From print to digital text

Distributed knowledge systems: the changing role of the university

About this book

Chapter 2: Frameworks for knowledge representation

Putting things in order

Introducing the semantic web

Towards a framing of semantics

Chapter 3: The meaning of meaning: alternative disciplinary perspectives

Linguistic semantics

Cognitive semantics

Social semantics

Computational semantics

Chapter 4: What does the digital do to knowledge making?

The work of knowledge representation in the age of its digital reproducibility

The old and the new in the representation of meaning in the era of its digital reproduction

The hyperbole of the virtual

The hype in hypertext

The mechanics of rendering

A new navigational order

Multimodality

The ubiquity of recording and documentation

A shift in the balance of representational agency

A new dynamics of difference

Conclusions

Chapter 5: Books and journal articles: the textual practices of academic knowledge

The role of knowledge representation in knowledge design

The scholarly monograph

The academic journal

Future knowledge systems

Conclusions

Chapter 6: Textual representations and knowledge support-systems in research intensive networks

Introduction

Towards an ontology of knowledge

The theory of hierarchically complex systems

Research knowledge and the dynamics of hierarchically complex systems

Implications for managing research enterprises in a knowledge society

Public knowledge and the notion of a public knowledge space

Public knowledge and contextual information management practices

Pub

Details

No. of pages:
544
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2011
Published:
Imprint:
Chandos Publishing
Electronic ISBN:
9781780631745
Print ISBN:
9781843346012

About the authors

Bill Cope

Dr Bill Cope is Research Professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA and Director of Common Ground Publishing. He is the co-author or editor of a number of books, including, with Angus Phillips, The Future of the Book in the Digital Age, also published by Chandos, in 2006.

Mary Kalantzis

Dr Mary Kalantzis is Dean of the College of Education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and, with Bill Cope, co-author of The Powers of Literacy, University of Pittsburgh Press, 1993; Multiliteracies: Literacy Learning and the Design of Social Futures, Routledge, 2000; New Learning: Elements of a Science of Education, Cambridge University Press, 2008; and Ubiquitous Learning, University of Illinois Press, 2009.

Liam Magee

Dr Liam Magee is a research project leader at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, working on the theory and practice of the semantic web.

Reviews

A good book for its wealth of sometimes profound insights into the evolution of scholarship and scientific communication from a relatively static print culture into what's already emerged as a protean electronic culture., College and Research Libraries