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Digital publishing

The mission of the recently formed Publishing Working Group ( from W3C ( is to enable all publications — with all their specificities and traditions — to become first-class entities on the Web. The WG will provide the necessary technologies on the Open Web Platform to make the combination of traditional publishing and the Web complete in terms of accessibility, usability, portability, distribution, archiving, offline access, and reliable cross-referencing. A Web Publication is considered as a collection of (Web) resources, organized together through a manifest into a single logical work with a default reading order. Ivan Herman from CWI has played a seminal role in the creation of this new activity, and is now part of the technical leadership and the management of this activity, in cooperation with core players of the Web as well as the publishing industries.



  • P. Bourne, T. Clark, R. Dale, A. de Waard, I. Herman, E. Hovy, D. Shotton Improving Future Research Communication and e-Scholarship: A Summary of Findings. Informatik Spektrum, 35(1) : pp. 56-58, 2012.
  • J. Starr, E. Castro, M. Crosas, M. Dumontier, R.R. Downs, R. Duerr, H. Laurel, M. Haendel, I. Herman, S. Hodson, J. Hourclé, J.E. Kratz, J. Lin, L.H. Nielsen, A. Nurnberger, S. Pröll, A. Rauber, S. Sacchi, A.P. Smith, M. Taylor, T. Clark Achieving human and machine accessibility of cited data in scholarly publications. PeerJ Computer Science, () : pp. , 2015.
  • I. Herman, M. Gylling Bridging the Web and Digital Publishing. The Journal of Electronic Publishing, 18(1) , 2015.


  • M. Gylling, B. De Meester, I. Herman, T. Siegman, D. Cramer, and L. Rosenthol, “Web Publications for the Open Web Platform: Vision And Technical Challenges,” W3C Interest Group Note, 2017
  • H. Flanagan, I. Herman, L. Rosenthol, “Web Publications Use Cases and Requirements,” W3C Interest Group Note, 2017.