This workshop takes place on Saturday September 3 as part of the Science Online London 2011 Conference. We will tie together a number of concepts raised at last January’s Beyond the PDF conference, looking at how we can move beyond a static PDF journal article and can redefine both our writing tools and the format of the scholarly paper. This workshop will showcase Scholarly HTML and participants will learn to use blogging tools to write content that is interesting, enriched with multimedia, collaborative, and semantically enhanced.

In the workshop we will not just learn about these tools, but we will use them to create content relevant to Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), a neuromuscular disease. To help workshop participants finding relevant literature, pictures, videos and other resources, we have started a Wiki page at



Characterization of motor neuron differentiation. From: Wu et al. 2011.

The workshop is led by Martin Fenner (Hannover Medical School), Eva Amsen (The Node) and Brian Mossop (PLoS). Please contact Martin Fenner if you want to have a test blog for the workshop at this site.

Session 1 (beginners) from 11:30 AM to 1 PM

  • Where can I start a blog, blogging software. Blogging networks vs. individual blogs, group blogs, guest posts
  • Embedding pictures, video, presentations, and data into blog posts
  • Adding Citations and reference lists in blog posts

Session 2 (advanced) from 2:30 PM to 4 PM

  • Collaborative writing, revisions, editorial control
  • Keywords and other metadata (RDFa, CiTO, etc.). ResearchBlogging, ScienceSeeker and other blog aggregators.
  • Long-form content, creating ePub, importing and exporting content


What do you need to bring?
  • A laptop
  • Your own blog – or you can sign up for one during the workshop.
Please add a comment if you have questions or ideas for the workshop. And please contact Eva, Brian or Martin on Friday if you have any questions.
Eva Amsen has added some more workshop information here.