The abundance of gray literature on the open web has created a need for the development of web publications that aid research communities by aggregating, curating and redistributing material of value to that community. The use of technologies, like the PressForward plugin, makes this possible for those with only modest time and labor to dedicate […]
Online publications that aggregate content from a wide variety of sources have become increasingly valuable to readers and publishers. The academy, however, is still unsure how to efficiently identify, collect, survey, evaluate, and redistribute the valuable scholarly writing published both formally and informally on the open web. Fortunately, some scholarly communities are developing methods to draw attention to upcoming work in their fields. This report by project director Joan Fragaszy Troyano outlines the current state of the aggregation, curation, evaluation, and distribution of scholarship on the open web.