[Video] 學術界的多媒體潮流

雖然說一圖解千言(A picture paints a thousand words),但是影片的效果可能更迷人,YouTube 風靡全球網民,絕對不是莫名其妙毫無來由的。

現在連學術界也把 YouTube 的平台當作學術文章出版交流的平台,根據 Not Even Wrong 指出,一份數學期刊 - Journal of Number Theory 最近打算開放讓投稿者上傳視訊短片來解說論文的內容,目前預計開放讓投稿成功的作者上傳最長四分鐘的摘要影片(video abstract),說明論文的內容,該雜誌主編給訂戶的公開信做了如下說明:

It is in this spirit that I suggested to Elsevier that all JNT authors be allowed to present a short (4 minutes max) "video abstract" of their accepted manuscript. Elsevier has kindly accepted this idea and is now quite excited about it.

The idea is very simple: When a paper is *finally accepted* for JNT, the author will be notified and given the option of putting up a video abstract — THIS IS ONLY FOR ACCEPTED PAPERS! The video will be watched to check for professionalism etc., and those videos deemed offensive will not be used (and the author sanctioned!). The video will then be linked next to the paper on the JNT website. Information on how to upload files, etc., will be on the JNT website by April 23, 2008.

下面是期刊主編 David Goss 拍攝的說明視訊摘要概念的影片,為了落實執行 video abstract 概念,JNT 已經在 YouTube 註冊,會員網址是http://www.youtube.com/user/JournalNumberTheory,有興趣的人都可以到這個網址看影片。

學術界對這個概念的執行方法,還有不同的意見,比如說 Michael Nielsen 認為四分鐘不夠,可能要十分鐘才恰當,當然這都是可以討論的,但是 JNT 跨出這一步,實在令人驚喜,不由得不讓人刮目相看。

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