Josh from The Winnower (thewinnower.com) here. I wanted to reach out and see if SE Mathematica, Academia, Chemistry, History of Science and Math, and Overflow would be interested in permanently archiving and assigning digital object identifiers (DOIs) to top exchanges with The Winnower.
We’ve begun to offer DOIs and permanent archival to blogs, scholarly Reddit AMAs (https://www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/3finu8/doi_assignments_for_science_amas/) and other forms of new media (student essays, how-to's) and we think various exchanges are equally deserving of these services, services that are typically only afforded to traditional scholarly articles. In short, we’d love to make these Stack Exchange Q&As citable in the scholarly literature and count on users CVs for credit in the workplace/academia. But of course, we’d like your feedback before we do anything. We’ve met with some great people at the Stack Exchange offices and based upon your feedback they are willing to help. So…
- Do you think DOIs for certain Stack Exchange sites are worthwhile?
- Which Stack Exchange sites should receive a DOI within those which posts?
- Where should the DOIs be displayed, etc.
For those unaware of what a DOI is, here is an entertaining read: Now I am become DOI, destroyer of gatekeeping worlds
And for those curious we archive content via Portico, the same method used for many leading scholarly journals.
How would you determine when a question is "done" and ready to be archived? We (or SE) could assign versioned DOIs to posts set by some defined criteria (question is answered and/or gets enough upvotes).
Would you assign a DOI to every question, or are there metrics you use to select, or dynamically as people request them? We'd set some threshold so only the best threads get a DOI/archival. Think of it as a step beyond reputation points.
Just noticed this on Twitter that I think is relevant to the discussion here.