CSE 599D: The Future of Scholarly Communication

Autumn 2022 · TuTh 11:30am-12:50pm · CSE2 G01
Instructor: Jeffrey Heer

Course Description

Despite the ubiquity of online computational media, scholarly communication remains rooted in centuries-old models of publication. In this course, we will research and prototype novel forms of reading, writing, reviewing, reusing, and disseminating academic work. Topics include computational media, interactive articles, augmented reading and writing, collaboration, mining the literature, and applications of NLP, computer vision, and other methods for content generation and extraction. In addition to ideation and prototyping exercises, students will complete a project developing and/or assessing alternative forms of scholarly communication.

The class is open to all interested UW students with a computer science background roughly equivalent to upper-level undergraduate courses. Depending on individual student interests, familiarity with human-computer interaction, data visualization, web programming, natural language processing, and/or computer vision may be particularly relevant.


Readings in bold face are required and you should be prepared to discuss them in class. The other readings are optional; you are strongly encouraged to read the abstracts, skim the articles, and come to class with questions!

Th 9/29 Introduction & History

Tu 10/4 Explorable Explanations (Guest: Matthew Conlen)

Th 10/6 Computational Notebooks

Tu 10/11 Authoring Tools (Guests: Carlos Scheidegger, Will Crichton)

Th 10/13 Augmented Reading (Guest: Andrew Head)

Tu 10/18 Literature Review

Th 10/20 Collaboration & Annotation (Guest: Amy Zhang)

Tu 10/25 Citation

Th 10/27 Scientometrics (Guest: Jevin West)

Tu 11/1 Automating Discovery (Guest: Tom Hope)

Th 11/3 Final Project Proposals

Tu 11/8 Information Extraction (Guest: Dan Weld)

Th 11/10 Visual Extraction

Tu 11/15 Accessibility (Guest: Frank Elavsky)

Th 11/17 Figures & Tables (Guest: Shannon Shen)

Tu 11/22 Layout & Formats (No Class Meeting)

Th 11/24 Thanksgiving (No Class)

Tu 11/29 Final Project Check-In Review

Th 12/1 Open Access & Open Science

Tu 12/6 Libraries & Course Review (Guest: Shan Carter)

Th 12/8 Final Project Showcase



Plagiarism Policy: Assignments should consist primarily of original work. Building off of others’ work—including 3rd party libraries, public source code examples, and design ideas—is acceptable and in most cases encouraged. However, failure to cite such sources will result in score deductions proportional to the severity of the oversight.

Religious Accommodation: Washington state law requires that UW develop a policy for accommodation of student absences or significant hardship due to reasons of faith or conscience, or for organized religious activities. The UW’s policy, including more information about how to request an accommodation, is available here: Religious Accommodations Policy. Accommodations must be requested within the first two weeks of this course using the Religious Accommodations Request form.