Research career: What I've written

On-line papers

The moment the Internet and the World-Wide Web became a viable means of publishing information electronically, I started posting most of my research ideas and results on-line. This gave far greater visibility to my research and brought me in close contact with the newly emerging Web research community (and gave me a first opportunity to learn HTML). Unfortunately, a lot of these early on-line papers have since disappeared into digital oblivion.

Journal articles

Getting your research results known means getting them published in a respected scientific journal. My biggest problem was that in the late eighties there simply weren't any scientific journals devoted specifically to hypertext and hypermedia research. I therefore submitted primarily to well-established journals in the fields of computer sciences and materials engineering. Finally, in 1989 a new scientific journal Hypermedia was established and I quickly got two major articles accepted. I do still believe that these articles contained pioneering insights into the use of knowledge engineering techniques to enhance and extend the capabilities of hypertext and hypermedia systems.

Book contributions

Although my articles in major scientific journals were influential at the time, what will probably last the longest are the contributions I've written for a number of scientific books. These books have a special place in my own personal library, and they serve as a reminder of the significant scientific results I achieved in my hypertext and hypermedia research. I am especially proud of my contribution to the renowned Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, where I was asked by the editors to write a special review article on the challenge of intelligently indexing and retrieving hypermedia information. I consider this article to be a condensed version of my doctoral thesis (which I unfortunately never got round to actually writing, since I left the university for a more lucrative business career).

Conference papers

The best way of keeping up to date with the latest developments in hypertext and hypermedia research (and getting to know the researchers responsible for these advances) was by going to lots of scientific conferences. From 1990 onwards I started getting my own conference papers accepted, which allowed me to participate at least twice a year in a major scientific conference. Since I was basically the only one in our research group working on hypertext and hypermedia systems, I needed these contacts to learn about the latest advances in research and to exchange novel research ideas.

Research reports

During my research career I was involved in a variety of applied research & development projects, financed by the IWT (Institute for the promotion of innovation through science and technology in Flanders) and the Brite-Euram programme of the European 3rd Framework Programme. To keep my project sponsors informed about my latest project results I wrote a number of widely-read research reports (unfortunately for you, most of them are confidential).

Conference posters

A good way of getting invited to a scientific conference when you don't have enough solid research results yet for a full conference paper is by submitting a poster contribution. Already very early in my research career I managed to get invited to scientific conferences, both in the computer sciences & hypertext research field and in the materials engineering research field. This allowed me to quickly establish close contacts with a broad group of international researchers involved in the same kind of multidisciplinary research into knowledge-based hypermedia.

Conference reviews

During the early nineties, I was fortunate enough to participate in a lot of scientific conferences on hypertext and hypermedia research. I always reported in detail on what I had learned there, both to the members of my own MIPS research group and to other interested researchers. I also tried to make knowledge engineering and A.I researchers aware of the interesting developments that were taking place in the hypertext and hypermedia research field, by publishing in the widely read Dutch "Kennissystemen" ("Knowledge systems") newsletter (which no longer exists).

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