Publishing research on the web

In one day, two separate authors demonstrated that they’ve solved the problem of “how to publish your research on the web”.

Dominic Tarr analysed the performance of different JavaScript cryptographic libraries, and Jure Triglav collected tweets mentioning sunny weather and correlated them to actual weather reports.

The reports are online for anyone to read, and the code and data are in version-controlled repositories, with instructions for anyone to reproduce them.

What’s so good about these reports?

JS crypto benchmarks (Tarr)

Weather Tweets (Triglav)

Notes on hypertext

Note that neither of the reports have “references” sections at the end, for the simple reason that they don’t need to: if they need to refer to anything, they just need to link to it in the (hyper)text.