Thursday, February 23, 2017

USA Africa Dialogue Series - Fwd: Making the Most of Humanities Commons

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Date: 22 February 2017 at 17:20
Subject: Making the Most of Humanities Commons

How to make the most of your nonprofit, open-access humanities network
How to make the most of your nonprofit, open-access humanities network
Thanks for joining us on Humanities Commons. Over the past several weeks alone, we've seen over a thousand users join the public beta of our nonprofit, open-access network. You come from history and geography; anthropology, architecture, and archaeology; religious, cultural, and classical studies; languages, linguistics, and literatures; art history; sociology; ethnomusicology; library science; and data research and design. Some of you work outside or adjacent to the academy, in journalism, philanthropy, or nonprofits and in museums and archives. We welcome you all and are so glad you're here! 
Now that you are here, you're probably wondering what to do next. We can help with that! Here are five tips for making the most of Humanities Commons:
1. Keep Your Profile Up to Date
Make sure it reflects your current projects, publications, and academic interests (here's how). Upload open-access versions of your work to CORE and they will automatically appear on your profile. Handy tip: clicking on an academic interest brings up a list of other members who share it. Time to use that Follow button!

2. Find Your Communities

Search Groups to find out what's happening in your fields of interest—and then join them! If the group you're looking for doesn't exist yet, create it and invite others to join (here's how). Groups have a shared calendar and file space, collaborative authoring functionality, a shared CORE collection (updated any time a group member uploads work to the repository), and a discussion board to share thoughts about teaching, plan conferences or advocacy events, ask for feedback on works in progress, or just chat. For more about building engagement within a group, read our guide.

3. Increase the Impact of Your Work

Use our repository, CORE, to share, discover, retrieve, and archive digital work, from published articles to conference papers to syllabi. You will receive a DOI for any item you upload, and you can attribute to your work the Creative Commons license that best suits your needs. And since deposits that are shared with groups see an average of 250 percent more downloads, don't forget to share your work with your communities (here's how).  

4. Tailor the News Feed on Your Home Page

By following other users and joining groups, you will automatically personalize the news feed on your home page, populating it with updates, blog posts, discussion topics, and open-access publication alerts about the people and topics that interest you most.

5.  Build a WordPress Site

All Humanities Commons members can build hosted, networked WordPress sites on the Commons. Sites can take myriad forms, from collaborative class blogs to digital publications to video- and audio-enhanced teaching or research portfolios. Humanities Commons offers a range of attractive and customizable templates for its members' use—no coding required! Ready to get started? Browse a list of existing sites or go ahead and create your own (here's how).
Art History Collection
Featured Open Access Collection: Art History
Connected Academics
Featured Site: Connected Academics
Film Studies
Featured New Community: Film 

Don't Be a Stranger!

Remember that Humanities Commons is in beta: we need your input (and your support). Use the platform and post in our Feedback and Feature Requests group to let us know what's working, what isn't, and what you'd like to see. Connect with us on Twitter and Facebook—and don't forget to tell your colleagues that there's a new, nonprofit, humanities-focused network in town!
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