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Wed 3 Jan 2018

Posters?

SH
Steve Hicks Public Seen by 375

Hi all,
I noticed a previous thread here about Data Papers and Data Management - https://www.loomio.org/d/8DsMNthH/data-papers-and-data-management. There was a brief discussion on whether EarthArXiv was suitable for uploading research posters, but there wasn't a clear decision on how feasible this is.
My situation is that I have an AGU poster for some research that was sponsored by an external funder; this poster will form the basis of a manuscript that I am currently preparing. I would like to be able to publically display this work whilst I am writing the paper.
To me, EarthArXiv is possibly the best and most credible place for this kind of material, especially as ESSOAr is not yet up-and-running. I realise that FigShare is an option, but to me, the audience is too general and probably lacks a bit of credibility compared to EarthArXiv / ESSOAr.
Thoughts?

BC

Bruce Caron Wed 3 Jan 2018

ESSOAr is looking to handle posters as digital objects in a manner that EarthArXiv does not at the moment. It's probably worth waiting for that service. At some point we would hope that COS gets funding from somewhere to build the server-side capabilities to parse the contents of posters so that these can be effectively searched, and to add the GUI to view the posters (so that you do not need to download these to see their details). There are other, more urgent features being built in the short term. If you need a DOI now, perhaps Figshare is a short-term solution.

SH

Steve Hicks Wed 3 Jan 2018

Thanks, Bruce - makes sense.

VV

Victor Venema Thu 4 Jan 2018

How would a PDF poster be different from a PDF manuscript for a search function? It should be no problem to already up load posters and add the search functionality later. I would prefer not to make our decision to host poster depend on such technicalities.

Personally I like the idea of posters. They are state-of-the-art non-reviewed science. Just what we are about.

BC

Bruce Caron Thu 4 Jan 2018

ESSOAr is looking to handle posters as digital objects in a manner that EarthArXiv does not at the moment. It's probably worth waiting for that service. At some point we would hope that COS gets funding from somewhere to build the server-side capabilities to parse the contents of posters so that these can be effectively searched, and to add the GUI to view the posters (so that you do not need to download these to see their details). There are other, more urgent features being built in the short term. If you need a DOI now, perhaps Figshare is a short-term solution.

Posters often contain a number of jpgs (or other image files) that are assembled and then become digital objects in the PDF. Sure, there are graphs in papers, but these are mostly text, and so they can be turned into HTML fairly well, in terms of search. And the ability to zoom in and out to view the poster contents on-line is doable, but requires its own server-side capabilities. We worked with Sloan a few years ago on the concept of a poster commons. I really do think that something like a digital science poster commons would be fantastic. But it will take some doing and $$ to accomplish.

VV

Victor Venema Thu 4 Jan 2018

I would greatly welcome being able to download a poster. In fact, I would love to get rid of that GUI for the current PDF manuscripts. My screen is small and putting a PDF in a small window only makes reading harder. Browsers have a functionality for this: tabs. Plus the weird embedding of PDFs blocks any web annotations.