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Plug a Wiki into a Fedora Repository and Get . . . A Scholarly Publication

A new National Science Digital Library (NSDL) scholarly publication, Classic Articles in Context (CAC), was launched in April 2008 with an atmospheric science theme: “Climate Change and Anthropogenic Greenhouse Warming: A Selection of Key Articles, 1824-1995, with Interpretive Essays.” Classic Articles in Context will present additional significant scientific questions of the Twentieth Century using landmark and important legacy papers in future issues.
Semantic models for scholarly communications should allow for the creation of new context about published works while mapping relationships to original sources and allowing for materials to be widely discovered and utilized. Classic Articles in Context (CAC) does just that by leveraging NSDL’s NCore wiki plug-in to it’s Fedora-based data repository to capitalize on NSDL’s ongoing relationships with publishers. Classic Articles in Context (CAC) provides publishers with a way to contribute to the creation of new knowledge around published articles in support of teaching and learning.
To illustrate science as a process that builds, and often turns, on discovery and replication expressed in the archival literature of empirical findings, NSDL works with publishers to make the original, full-texts of select “classic” articles available to students whether or not their institution holds a subscription to the journals in which they appeared. Every article featured in a CAC topical concentration includes a narrative essay that provides an overview of the investigation suitable for introductory undergraduate science courses. The essays identify and/or explain particularly significant aspects of the studies (novel methods, for example) and place them within the context of the overall literature of their field (noting, for example, how a given set of findings influenced subsequent work).
The collection currently features 21 papers in full text. Four of the articles, the largest representation among 10 contributing publishers, appeared in AMS journals during the latter half of the 20th century. Narrative sections include hyperlinks to referenced resources within the National Science Digital Library Data Repository, and in Pathways discipline-specific collections as well as hyperlinks to information about the elements of scholarly publishing.
Currently CAC is being cited by Climate Change Education.Org http://www.climatechangeeducation.orgNSDL Annotation>, and the American Meteorological Society Annotation>.