/ Digits: Two Reports on New Units of Scholarly Publication

Appendix A: Interview Protocol

Opening statement to set the context

We are interested in the production, publication, and preservation of non-traditional scholarly output. By non-traditional scholarly output we mean, for example:

Questions (Note: we did not necessarily ask these questions with this specific wording, and we occasionally modified questions when they seemed inappropriate for a particular interviewee.)

  1. What is your role in the production, publication, and/or preservation of non-traditional scholarly output?
  2. What is it that you do in your role? Give us some details? Tell us what you did on your last project?
  3. Who was the intended audience for the project?
  4. Who did you work with on your last project (if anyone)? What were your collaborator’s roles?
  5. Walk me through your last project from cradle to grave.
  6. What were the pain points with the work you did on that project?
  7. Where did the project get “published?”
  8. What affordances/expressive capabilities would you like in your non-traditional scholarly output (that you currently don’t have)?
  9. How do you see credit functioning for your work and for non-traditional scholarly objects more generally?
  10. What happened/happens when the project ends? What is the afterlife?
  11. Who is responsible for the project?
  12. How important is/was the preservation of the project?
  13. In relation to your work on non-traditional scholarly output, what are your goals for the future?
  14. Do you have any questions for us?