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Scholarly Discourse as Computable Structure

  • Simon Buckingham Shum
  • John Domingue
  • Enrico Motta
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1903)

Abstract

In their initial proposal for structural computing (SC), Nürnberg et al. [18] point to hypertext argumentation systems as an example of an application domain in which structure is of first-order importance. In this paper we summarise the goals and implementation of a knowledge based hypertext environment called ScholOnto (for Scholarly Ontologies), which aims to provide researchers with computational support in representing and analysing the structure of scholarly claims, argumentation and perspectives. A specialised web server will provide a medium for researchers to contest the significance of concepts and emergent structures. In so doing, participants construct an evolving structure that reflects a community’s understandings of its field, and which can support computational services for scholars. Using structural analyses of scholarly argumentation, we consider the connections with structural computing, and propose a number of requirements for generic SC environments.

Keywords

Digital Library Structural Computing Scholarly Publishing Computer Support Cooperative Work Scholarly Discourse 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simon Buckingham Shum
    • 1
  • John Domingue
    • 1
  • Enrico Motta
    • 1
  1. 1.Knowledge Media InstituteThe Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK

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