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DepositMediaCommons: Social Networking Tools for Digital Scholarly Communication

New York University, working with the Institute for the Future of the Book, seeks Level II funding in order build a working prototype of a set of networking tools that will serve as the membership system for MediaCommons, an all-electronic scholarly publishing network in the digital humanities. This set of tools, which one might imagine as bringing together the functionalities of e-portfolio software, social networking systems, and electronic publishing platforms, will enable the users of MediaCommons to find one another, collaborate, and disseminate their work in new ways. Within this social network, scholars would be able to make available a wide range of their work, including published texts ranging from the monograph to the article, works-in-progress, blogs and other more informal online writing, and other activities that often go unnoticed as forms of scholarly production, such as reviews of other scholars’ work, as well as syllabi and other teaching resources.

DepositThe Journalism History Hub: Developing a Research-based Interdisciplinary Social Network and Meta-Conference

A Level II Digital Humanities Start-up grant, the Journalism History Hub will use Web 2.0 technology to support, enhance and provide an ongoing technological framework for scholarly communication and collaboration. Participants will have access to preprints and postprints of conference papers and abstracts, scholarly articles, and conference programs, with the added ability to comment on archived research and the opportunity to identify and collaborate with scholars working on similar issues across different disciplines in innovative ways. The grant will provide for planning, developing a prototype, initially populating, and soliciting participation in the Hub. Ultimately, the Hub proposes to “mash-up” social networking and content repository technology in conjunction with existing interdisciplinary scholarly communities who meet at specialized conferences.

DepositCAA 2018: Using Humanities Commons and CAA Commons to Increase the Impact of Your Scholarship

Humanities Commons is a not-for-profit network for scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences to collaborate and share work. Built through a partnership of scholarly societies, Humanities Commons can help you develop your online presence, expand the reach of your scholarship—whatever form it may take—and connect with other scholars who share your interests. This session will introduce CAA Commons and ways that you can make the most of its groups, profiles, and open access repository.

DepositOnline Social Networking for the Humanities: the Massachusetts Studies Network Prototype

The Massachusetts Studies Project (MSP) aims to create an online social network specifically for those who are involved in local studies in Massachusetts. This first, Level I phase of the project will allow us to assess a promising open source development platform called “Ning,” which offers powerful new tools for building customized social networks. Building a test network on Ning, and planning and prototyping the code to add functionality tailored to humanities practitioners, will position us to take the next steps in building a full-fledged, model social network to meet the collaborative needs of educators, scholars, librarians, and local studies practitioners.

DepositAAR 2017: Using Humanities Commons to Curate Your Online Presence, Increase the Impact of Your Scholarship, and Tell the Story of Your Work

Run by a nonprofit consortium of scholarly societies, Humanities Commons wants to help you curate your online presence, expand the reach of your scholarship—whatever form it may take—and connect with other scholars who share your interests. The presentation introduces Humanities Commons and the power linking CORE, our open access repository, with the network of groups and profiles on Humanities Commons. It also covers ways to connect with colleagues, and use groups and sites to support collaboration.

DepositMaking the Most of Humanities Commons

This workshop (session 362 at the 2018 convention) served as an introduction to the nonprofit scholarly network Humanities Commons and its open-access repository, CORE. Attendees learned how to gain more readers while increasing the impact of their work, make interdisciplinary connections, build class blogs and collaborative Web sites, find and reuse openly available research materials, and craft a professional online presence.

MemberEric Dean Rasmussen

Eric Dean Rasmussen is associate professor of English literature at the University of Stavanger. In the Department of Cultural Studies and Languages, Dr. Rasmussen teaches courses on American literature and culture for the English section and literary theory and criticism for the graduate program in Literacy Studies. Eric is also senior editor for one of the first online scholarly journals of literary and critical writing, ebr, Electronic Book Review.As a researcher in Digital Culture at the University of Bergen, Eric collaborated on the trans-European digital humanities project ELMCIP (Developing a Network-Based Creative Community: Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice) and worked as the first editor of the ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base, an online database about activity in the digital literary arts. He has served as a research associate for the Electronic Literature Organization, which he’s been affiliated with since its founding in Chicago in the late 1990s, and is currently a member of the Consortium for Electronic Literature (CELL), which is building a digital research infrastructure connecting database-driven projects based in Australia, Canada, Germany, Portugal, Norway, and the United States.Rasmussen’s research interests include the aesthetics, ideology, and technics of 20th and 21st-century literature, with an emphasis on the affective dimension of narrative forms; scholarly editing and publishing in the digital age; and the impact of new media technologies on the literary arts and (digital) humanities. Through his work in the digital humanities, he both analyzes and participates in the institutional transformation of literary studies via computational technologies and new media ecosystems. Within the contemporary media ecology, how can digital technologies facilitate collaborative research, teaching, and writing practices conducive to building robust literary networks? Literature: 20th- and 21st-century American fiction; transnational modernism and postmodernism; world literatures in English Cultural Studies: US history and society; ideology and politics; media studies and the network societyDigital Humanities: new media writing and publishing; database design; electronic literatureLiterary theory and criticism: aesthetics; affect and emotions; critical theory; the literary interview; poststructuralism and deconstruction; literary systems and media ecologies

DepositArchive 2.0: Imagining the Michigan State University Israelite Samaritan Scroll Collection

This project will work with Michigan State University units and the A.B. Samaritan Institute in Holon, Israel to create using the latest in Web 2.0 technologies an accessible, useable and living archive for the Israelite Samaritan community in Holon and Nabulus as well as biblical scholars. To facilitate this work we will digitize over the next several years three 15th century Israelite Samaritan Pentateuch scrolls, and provide a unique suite of tools to help facilitate collaboration: social networking, tagging, social bookmarking, zoomify view, and multilingual support. The aim is to bring together two distinct groups of users – textual scholars and members of the Israelite Samaritan community – both of whom have a significant stake in the cultural and scholarly value of the Samaritan Archive, via an online environment in which they can view and interpret the Samaritan texts, interact with members of their respective communities, and interact with one another.