In the upcoming Summer Dissertation Conference - July 19 - 20, 2012 @ NSU, I will be presentin LATEX / LyX 101 - A Hands-on BYOL Workshop which brings me to the topic of, future of traditional thesis/dissertation as we know it.
In the web 2.0 and cloud-computing era, the writing of classic dissertation has also evolved to match with the needs of today's flow of information; prolific and fast. Like learning 2.0, it's hard to exactly define what dissertation.vNext is, however some of it's salient attributes can be classified as follows with leading examples.
- Academic Search: Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic Search
- Research Collaboration and Management: Mendeley and ColWiz
- Call for Papers: Wiki For CFP
- Blogging your research: Blogging the PhD and How Writing A Science Blog Saved My PhD
- Publishing your code: CodeSearch, Github, CodePlex, SourceForge
- Public Datasets: UCI DataSets and KDNuggets
- Managing Bibliographies: End Note & JabRef
- Tweeting your dissertation
- Data Visualization: Google Interactive and Gapminder
- Publish or Perish - your h-index
- Academic Conversation in the cloud
and the list goes on. The purpose of this brief post is not to provide a list of software tools for managing your dissertation online but rather depict an intrigue towards the future trend of dissertation. So is it just me or do you see the thesis evolve as well?