I’m not sure if JSTOR have done this before but this is the first time I’ve come across a mainstream ejournal provider making real use of the fact that they can do new things online whilst also providing a useful downloadable version of the same article.
The article was published last March in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. We are used to seeing JSTOR articles just being scanned PDFs of their print originals but this article is different. It is a HTML version of the article and includes thumbnails of images that you can click on to see them in a larger format or zoom around in, a thumbnail that will take you to a Google Earth model of a Roman Forum and a sound file of a re-creation of Roman Funeral music (slightly spooky sounding). All of this really helps to bring this piece of academic research alive.
They still offer a PDF version for ease of off-line usage which informs the reader that they could get access to something extra e.g. the sound files, by using the online version. My one criticism of the HTML version vs the PDF version is that the PDF version displays the images in a very viewable size straight away whilst to really see the images on the HTML version you have to click on each individual thumbnail, which can get a bit tiring when there are multiple images to look at.
You can view this article at : http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/jsah.2010.69.1.12
Post by: Lisa Anderson