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International Journal on Digital Libraries

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 237–248 | Cite as

ScholOnto: an ontology-based digital library server for research documents and discourse

  • Simon Buckingham Shum
  • Enrico Motta
  • John Domingue

Abstract.

The internet is rapidly becoming the first place for researchers to publish documents, but at present they receive little support in searching, tracking, analysing or debating concepts in a literature from scholarly perspectives. This paper describes the design rationale and implementation of ScholOnto, an ontology-based digital library server to support scholarly interpretation and discourse. It enables researchers to describe and debate via a semantic network the contributions a document makes, and its relationship to the literature. The paper discusses the computational services that an ontology-based server supports, alternative user interfaces to support interaction with a large semantic network, usability issues associated with knowledge formalisation, new work practices that could emerge, and related work.

Key words: Scholarly discourse – Scientific publishing – Ontologies – Knowledge-based systems – Argumentation – Visualisation – Eprint servers – Internetdigitallibraries 

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© Springer-Verlag 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Simon Buckingham Shum
    • 1
  • Enrico Motta
    • 1
  • John Domingue
    • 1
  1. 1.Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, UK; E-mail: {S.Buckingham.Shum, E.Motta, J.B.Domingue}@open.ac.ukGB

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