FORCE2018 Presentation: Revolutionizing scholarly writing with Manubot

in science •  11 months ago 


Last month, I traveled to Montreal for the FORCE2018 conference on advancing scholarly communication. This is a fantastic conference that focuses on innovations and practices to improve scientific publishing through greater openness and adoption of technology.

I presented on Manubot, which is a tool I help develop to enable writing scholarly manuscripts using git and GitHub. Manubot is an open source tool that aims to make writing more transparent, open, automated, and decentralized. Learn more at https://manubot.org.

Without further ado, here's the presentation recording on YouTube recorded and posted by the conference:

I'd like to thank the conference for recording my talk and releasing it under a Creative Commons Attribution license, such that I can share or remix it (and so can you) on sites like @dtube. I downloaded the video from YouTube using a great Python utility called youtube-dl. I'm released this DTube upload and my encapsulated presentation under a CC BY 4.0 License.

For a bit more info, here is the abstract for the presentation:

Manubot is a system for writing scholarly documents on GitHub. It aims to transform publishing to be transparent & reproducible, immediate & permissionless, versioned & automated, collaborative & open, linked & provenanced, decentralized & hackable, interactive & annotated, and free of charge. Manubot accomplishes these goals by applying the workflow from open source software to academic writing. This talk will introduce Manubot and its features. Compared to other methods for writing scholarly documents, Manubot is designed for more technical users as well as infrastructure providers. However, we hope many of Manubot's innovations — such as citation-by-identifier and end-to-end reproducibility — will be adopted more broadly. Hence, this talk should engage all conference participants by foreshadowing a future of publishing towards which we strive!

Finally, the slides are online here and archived at Zenodo. P.S. if you've read this far, you might also be interested in my previous post: How I used the Manubot to reproduce the Bitcoin Whitepaper.


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Great presentation Dan! You look very comfortable and natural in front of the camera and the audience :) You handled the subsequent questions with ease too. Manubot looks like an awesome project, congratulation!

Nice presentation! Question: If I already have one manuscript written in Manubot and want to create a second one, do I have to reconfigure from manubot-rootstock to set up continuous integration? Can't I just clone the first manuscript and change the content files?

Also, the link to your post has an interesting, unconventional tail https://busy.org/@dhimmel/opdk4gax. Is this new?

If I already have one manuscript written in Manubot and want to create a second one, do I have to reconfigure from manubot-rootstock to set up continuous integration? Can't I just clone the first manuscript and change the content files?

Each new manuscript should clone manubot-rootstock, rather than existing manuscripts with added content. Hopefully, the setup process will be a bit easier since you already have the git and Travis gem dependencies configured.

Also, the link to your post has an interesting, unconventional tail

I posted this using @dtube, which assigns short slugs rather than slugs based off the title. If we look at the raw transaction, we see the permlink field is set to opdk4gax. I actually wish frontends would let you set your own permalink.

Also, I like the Manubot's self recursion. Of course the manuscript that describes Manubot is written with Manubot.

Of course the manuscript that describes Manubot is written with Manubot.

Indeed! And of course! This manuscript is available at https://greenelab.github.io/meta-review/.

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Here's the cover slide (i.e. DTube snap) I used for the video:

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