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Tuesday, November 04, 2003
Online publishing in the 21st century  
This month's issue of D-Lib carries an article by Geneva Henry on the future of online scholarly publishing. Henry argues that the debate over whether authors or readers should pay for the cost of publication is a 20th century one, inappropriate to the 21st century. She suggests that the real advantage of e-publishing will be a transformation of the way knowledge is created, with it becoming defined by a collaborative model, in which books, and even articles, can be produced by multiple authors, both within and accross disciplines, with each author creating a 'knowledge module', rather than a whole work. These modules can then be re-worked and modified as knowledge develops.


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