After my book, Bit by Bit: Social Research in the Digital Age, went through Open Review, I was excited that the First edition was finally ready to be printed and posted online. Then I ran into a problem. How should I post the First edition online while preserving the Open Review edition and all of the accompanying annotations? In this post, I’ll explain the problem in detail and describe what we ended up doing.
If you want to skip all the details, here’s what I recommend for other authors using the Open Review Toolkit:
- Build versioning into your standard url structure (e.g., https://www.bitbybitbook.com/en/open-review/preface/ and https://www.bitbybitbook.com/en/1st-ed/preface/).
- After you post a new edition, use a sitemap to tell search engines which version you want people to visit.
- After you post a new edition, add a note to the top of all pages from previous editions pointing readers to the most recent edition.
If you are interested in the gory details, keep reading. . . .