PressForward is an experiment in new methods for capturing and highlighting presently orphaned or underappreciated scholarship—including “gray literature” such as conference papers, white papers, reports, scholarly blogs, and digital projects—in ways that are useful to scholarly communities. We are researching and evaluating existing methods as well as developing new types of publications. In addition, we are developing open-source plugins for the WordPress platform to enable scholarly communities and organizations to create their own trusted, high-value streams of relevant content.
The web beyond academia has had to develop mechanisms for sifting through quantity, on sites such as Techmeme and MetaFilter; the academy has honed the peer review process to filter for quality. PressForward aims to marry these old and new methods to expose and disseminate the very best in online scholarship.