Guest Post: A.L. McMichael on Open Source Announcements – Platypus

“To celebrate five years of Humanities Commons, I’d like to highlight one of my favorite ways to use it: simplifying administrative outreach. You can use a group’s “Discussion” feature as an alternative to a listserv or newsletter (for a lab, a project, a class, or any other organization)….”

Humanities Commons Receives $971,000 Mellon Grant to Support Its Expansion – College of Arts & Letters

“Humanities Commons, which is hosted and sustained by Michigan State University and led by Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities for MSU’s College of Arts & Letters, was awarded a $971,000, 5-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a multi-year restructuring of its business model.

An online open-source platform, Humanities Commons facilitates communication and collaboration among scholars and practitioners across the humanities and around the world. It enables users to engage in discussions across humanities disciplines and to share articles, presentations, and other scholarly materials with their peers and the public. Members also create online professional profiles to help connect with others and to share their work more broadly. …”

Job: User Engagement Specialist, Humanities Commons – Fixed Term

The user engagement specialist will facilitate active engagement and participation among individual Commons users. The specialist will work as part of a team to ensure user success through the development of documentation and training materials, as well as working with the help desk team on user support processes. The user engagement specialist will work with the community development manager in developing strategies for onboarding the individual users at new participating organizations and institutions and will track relevant metrics with respect to community growth and platform use for incorporation into regular reports. The specialist will also oversee the Commons’ social media and communication strategies and will manage the platform’s outreach via those accounts.

Job: Community Development Manager, Humanities Commons – Outreach-Fixed Term

The community development manager will work toward sustainable, accountable business growth for the Commons by cultivating interest in the network among scholarly organizations and institutions, and working to bring them in as participating members. The manager will work as part of a team to onboard new organizations and institutions and to ensure their success through the development of documentation and training materials, as well as ongoing communication and support. The community development manager will work with the team to develop a strategy for bringing new organizations into the Commons and will work with the project director to develop regular reporting mechanisms that track community growth and financial impact, and to organize and convey feedback to the development team.

Humanities Commons | Giving to Michigan State University

“Humanities Commons is an open-source, open-access network serving scholars and practitioners across humanities disciplines and around the world. More than 23,000 registered users have created profiles and are collaborating and sharing their work with their colleagues and with the public. Our users are faculty members, graduate students, librarians, teachers, writers, researchers, and more. Humanities Commons gives all of them the means to help their work change the world….

Contributions to this campaign will help Humanities Commons reach more scholars and scholarly organizations around the world, strengthening their collaborations and enabling them to make more of their work public. Expanding the network will also make it possible for teachers and students everywhere to find and use cutting-edge research in the humanities….”


Infrastructure and Capacity Building – Kathleen Fitzpatrick

“I was delighted this week to be notified that the Humanities Commons team has received an Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities….”

Infrastructure and Capacity Building

Crossposted from Platypus. I was delighted this week to be notified that the Humanities Commons team has received an Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. NEH Announces $30.9 Million for 188 Humanities Projects Nationwide: — NEH (@NEHgov) January 14, 2020 This grant is the foundation of … Continue reading Infrastructure and Capacity Building ?