Monday, July 9, 2007

"DiPP – An Open Access Initiative for Scholarly Communication"

PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference 2007 July 11 - 13, 2007

Blogs will be done live and initially posted errors and all. Please return after the conference dates to view edited discussions of the presentation.


Cordula Nötzelmann, Hochschulbibliothekszentrum, NRW, DiPPPeter Reimer, Hochschulbibliothekszentrum NRW, DiPP

See the Digital Peer Publishing -- DiPP NRW homepage. The about section of the site gives the vision, goals and approach of the organization. The organization gives support and guidance for digital information sharing in different disciplines.


Cordula Notzelmann introduced the organizational structure of the open access system developed at Hochschulbibliothekszentrum (HBZ) located in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)

The initiative: introduction
HBZ is a public service provider for academic libraries. Their proximate goal is to support the start-up and pick-up of Ejournals with the long-term aspiration of fostering innovative forms of web-based media.

The project started in 2004, sending out a call for projects leading to the start up of 8 journals. since that time they now have 13 active projects in various disciplines, many humanities, resulting in 600 reviewed publications. They are now looking into further development such as eBooks. They submissions are diligently edited with a high rejection rate in order to establish the desired quality of product.

The journals follow the standard journal organization with an editor and chief, editorial office and typical positions. The HBZ publishing service structure includes three phases; the technical program, the support needed to develop the program an author toolbox An example of one of the products produced is Constructions which is now part of international eLanguage project (see …blog). They continue as a group to tackle innovative forms including eJournals and repositories as well as open reviews. Authors are requesting open review rather than peer review.

Peter Reimer presented the technical framework of the project. Including the layout of the journals formats than can be produced. They had interesting extension into the sciences being able to support the expression of formulas.

Dipp provides a variety of services such as; Hosting and Archiving, Powerful and secure hardware and software, Persistent identifiers: URN, DOI, Open archival format: docBook XML and long-term archiving. It also has a number of useful features or benefits; an individualized layout, multilingual features, WYSIWIG and simple editing, Automatic article conversion from RTF/LaTeX to XML to HTML/PDF, as well as creating messaging-lists/RSS-Feeds. They also provide increased distribution, indexing in search engines and databases, automatic notification of metadata and articles via Open Access, disciplinary forms for metadata, tools and scripts for exact and clean usage statistics (AWstats, Custom), workflow systems, and many other pertinent features.

The Core components of DiPP are based mainly on open source software
• ZOPE plone: webapplicationserver and CMS
• Fedora: repository
• Apache: webserver with virtual host
• LDAP: authentication
• UpCast: documentation transformation
• Awstats: usage stats

Dipp is able to customize code in order to create plugins, editorial toolbox, workflow, and metadata forms, PloneFedora store and edit Data in the Fedora repository and themes. DiPP continues to develop features that both improve the appearance and make its use easier like documentation transformation from MSword templates,styles for paragraphs and characters, separation of structure and layout and DocBook XML.

This was a specialized presentation on the development of open sources programs to facilitate access to scholarly publication for open access to scholarly journal articles. P. Reimer presented the technical aspects of the program as well as the step involved in the operations workflow. To fully reflect the depth and expertise represented in the presentation a background understanding of the process of developing a publishing model program would allow a more compressive interaction with the material presented. My background is limited in this field and I was not able to capture all the details involved. For a more developed representation of the technological material please read the material attached to the PKP webpage and or contact the presenters.

DiPP was developed to enable online journals to access open source programs to create the desired layout for the journal graphic interface. The technical coding involved in designing publishing online required programs in many area such as webapplicationserver and CMS, a
repository, webserver with virtual host, authentication, documentation transformation as well as statistical applications. These aspects were driven by a desire to see access opened up in many disciplines.

Traditional publication models had lead to high cost journals which reduced the dissemination of journal articles as libraries became burdened with balancing budgets, apparent usage and needs of many disciplines served by them. Methods sought to compensate for this resulted in reduced access or at least delayed access in many areas. Further, developing countries became excluded from scholarly inner circle as their libraries could not afford these journals, and they themselves could not afford to publish their research in a global sphere. As a result an the scholarly community began to search for other modes of communication.

The online journal became a vision that required the technical skill and expertise of scholarly programmers interested in developing this form of communication. The power of greater access due to the development of these open source programs allows for the publication of material faster and with reduced cost. As these programs continue to respond to the needs voiced by scholarly authors, the modes of communication will continue to expand and perhaps be revolutionary. Not only will there be open access, search power, increased citation index, but perhaps there will be more crowd sourcing, inclusion of amateurs in the disciplinary fields, formats that are not as tied historically to the original manuscripts or book formats, and more equity in knowledge between countries. All of these aspirations hinge on the technical expertise of information technologies to explore, create and design.


Konträre Auffassungen von jüdischer Identität in der zeitgenössischen jüdisch-amerikanischen Literatur am Beispiel ausgewählter Werke Cynthia Ozicks und Bernard Malamuds von Cordula Nötzelmann

1998 - 111 Bl. Diplom/Doktorarbeit Köln, Univ., Magisterarb., 1998


Klinische MR-Bildgebung : eine praktische AnleitungP. Reimer ... (Hrsg.)

2000 - XVI, 558 S. : Ill., graph. Darst.Sprache: DeutschBuch
Themen: NMR-Tomographie ; Aufsatzsammlung
Inhaltsverzeichnis / Abstract / Zusätze

Repository Networking and Development in Germany by Cordula Notzelmann

hbz-University Library Center of the State of Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany

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