What are the Structured Commons?
The Structured Commons consist of a model for scholars to publish
and interact with scientific work and a network of documents and
digital objects structured and connected to each other using
Structured Commons mechanisms.
The Structured Commons model consists of standards, methods
and tools to:
- compute citable fingerprints for documents and digital objects;
- generate and verify certificates of existence;
- structure, and produce download links to durable archives of documents and collections;
- organize, validate and reward peer review between scholars;
- mine, index and query document metadata automatically.
An academic work or digital object published in the Structured
Commons network becomes:
- independent: content is stored, indexed and distributed across the
Internet, without requiring a single host organization or
repository to support its existence in the long term.
- incorruptible: citations and links use fingerprints that "digitally signs" all documents; any
post-publication alteration invalidate existing fingerprints.
- irrefutable: certificates of existence guarantee a document
existed not later than a specific date, and multiple certificates
can be added to a document over time.