Where BPR3 is headed

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By Dave Munger

We’ve done a lot of great work in the last two months designing an icon for BPR3 and discussing how the site should run. Even more discussion and work has been taking place in the back channels. But one of the key principles of this organization has been transparency, so it is important to us to let readers and future users in on what we’ve been doing and what we’re planning.

We’re extremely excited about the future of the organization. We think this concept has the potential to not only impact research blogging, but the process of research itself.

Let’s start with the long-term vision.

  • BPR3 as it was originally conceived was simply a way for bloggers to denote posts on peer-reviewed research. It will still be that, but it will be much more.
  • There will be a central web site where snippets from these posts will be displayed, along with links back to the original posts.
  • Readers will be able to choose the topics they’re interested and view only those posts.
  • Bloggers will use plugins for WordPress and Movable Type allowing them to enter a DOI or other identifier and automatically generate code to post the icon, link to the post to our site and its aggregation tools, and generate a properly formatted research citation which links to the original article.
  • Bloggers will be able to instantly find people blogging on the research they’re blogging on. Researchers will find blog posts about their research, too.
  • Readers, bloggers, and researchers can use topic-specific RSS feeds
  • Forums and other tools will allow researchers to collaborate in real-time
  • Readers can share questions about research, discuss how to use our site, and discuss topics they can’t find blog posts on.

But many of these are long-term ideals — the “pie-in-the-sky” vision. We want to have a functional version of the site ready to test in three weeks, and open to the public within six weeks. To do that, we need to

  • Finalize the icon design
  • Allow users to begin using the icon to identify blogging on peer-reviewed research (but without aggregation)
  • Develop a simple prototype aggregation system that allows bloggers to register their sites on BPR3.org and aggregate their posts there. Categorizing, tagging, and other “extra” features will be added in the future — for now we just need a basic system that allows people to use our icon to identify blogging on peer-reviewed research and aggregate those posts here.
  • Create a site design based around this prototype
  • Create a forum or some other method for getting reader feedback
  • Invite bloggers to test the system before publishing the site. [If you'd like to help out, please email me at dsmunger -- @ -- gmail -- . -- com]
  • Publish it all, and announce it to the world

So that’s the plan! Let us know what you think in the comments.

7 Responses to “Where BPR3 is headed”

  1. Webs Says:
    October 19th, 2007 at 10:13 am

    I think both long term and short term goals look great. Getting a prototype system, and getting a forum to discuss issues and such is going to be crucial.

  2. Dave Says:
    October 20th, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    I look forward to seeing many of these goals come to fruition, especially the long term ones!

  3. kevin z Says:
    October 22nd, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    This shaping up very nicely, good work in the backlines. I’m happy to test out the site. Perhaps you should release a Beta version of the site for any blogger to test out, with a feedback form for named or anonymous submission of comments.

  4. Dave Munger Says:
    October 23rd, 2007 at 7:23 am

    Kevin, we’ve thought about doing a public beta — and honestly, that’s what the “functional version” of the site will be.

    But before we do that, we need to do some closed testing, just to get the kinks out (and thanks for your offer to help with this; we’ll definitely take you up on it!). We don’t want to launch with a big splash only to have the site go down on day one.

  5. Mr. Gunn Says:
    October 29th, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    I often include COinS metadata with my citations and just write a shortened version in the displayed text. Do you have any plans to utilize provided metadata?

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