Building Community

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When we launched Humanities Commons three years ago, our user base consisted of the 5,000-ish pre-existing members of MLA Commons. With generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, we expanded the network to include Commons sites for our first-round pilot partners, CAA, AJS, and ASEEES. Perhaps most importantly, though, we also opened the Humanities Commons hub to any interested user who wanted to join us, regardless of institutional affiliation, society membership, disciplinary home, employment status, or geographic location.

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By the Numbers

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The steady increase in membership on Humanities Commons since launch was been very gratifying for the small staff developing and maintaining the network. We started with a strong base of nearly 6,000 MLA Commons members, but began registering members immediately and have seen a steady flow of new members since launch.

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HC User Spotlight: Luís Henriques

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Luís Henriques is a musicologist and PhD candidate at the University of Évora. In this special birthday-edition HC User Spotlight, he reflects on how he has used CORE (over 250 deposits!) and sites hosted on the Commons to share his work.

I joined the Humanities Commons community in early 2017. The platform had launched in late 2016, so it was still in a very initial stage with not many users. I remember that at the time I was disappointed with surge of commercial advertisement and the introduction of a “premium” feature in academia.edu, where I had all of my research output. After reading an article posted by a senior scholar and user of that website where he raised some interesting questions for reflection, I started looking for a non-commercial platform. I found a 3-minute video of Nicky Agate at OpenCon 2016 on the The Right to Research Coalition YouTube channel. This led me to search for HC and found the website. In short, this is the story of me finding the Humanities Commons website. Continue reading “HC User Spotlight: Luís Henriques”

Creating Spaces for Collaboration

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Humanities Commons has been an inspiration for us at Northeastern University. With a growing global campus network, and with numerous interdisciplinary initiatives and an active spirit of collaboration at the university, we adopted the Humanities Commons model and underlying software to enable and encourage the kinds of interactions we think will greatly improve higher education. Continue reading “Creating Spaces for Collaboration”

Top CORE Deposits of October 2019

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The most downloaded CORE deposits in October 2019 included books, articles, and five syllabi—on topics ranging from American horror films to women’s medical writing:

  1. James Gifford, Modernism. Syllabus.
  2. Caitlin Duffy, EGL 194: Intro to Film. Syllabus.
  3. Edith Hall, The Return of Ulysses: A Cultural History of Homer’s Odyssey. Book.
  4. Ilana Gershon, “Media Ideologies: An Introduction.” Article.
  5. Ayesha Majid, “Marketing strategy of Lenovo laptops.” Report.
  6. Anastasia Salter, Introduction to Texts & Technology. Syllabus.
  7. Titus Stahl, “What is Immanent Critique?” Article.
  8. Rebecca Ruth Gould, Theorising Violence: Colonial Encounters and Anticolonial Reactions. Syllabus.
  9. Oscar Martinez-Peñate, El Salvador Sociología General. Book.
  10. Krista Roberts, Women Medical Writers/Writing Women’s Medicine. Syllabus.

Most Downloaded CORE Deposits in September 2019

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The most downloaded work in CORE last month:

  1. Oscar Martinez-Peñate, El Salvador Sociología General. Book.
  2. Titus Stahl, “What is Immanent Critique?” Article.
  3. Ayesha Majid, “Marketing strategy of Lenovo laptops.” Report.
  4. Ilana Gershon, “Media Ideologies: An Introduction.” Article.
  5. Hanna de Vries, “Collective nouns.” Book chapter.
  6. Edith Hall, The Return of Ulysses: A Cultural History of Homer’s Odyssey. Book.
  7. Anastasia Salter, Introduction to Texts & Technology. Syllabus.
  8. David Bawden and Lyn Robinson, “Library and Information Science.” Encyclopaedia article.
  9. James Gifford, Modernism. Syllabus.
  10. James E. Dobson, ENGL64.05: Cultural Analytics. Syllabus.

August 2019’s Most Downloaded CORE Deposits

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The most downloaded works in CORE in August 2019:

  1. Oscar Martinez-Peñate, El Salvador Sociología General. Book.
  2. Matthew Kirschenbaum, ENGL 479P: BookLab. Syllabus.
  3. Titus Stahl, “What is Immanent Critique?” Article.
  4. Ilana Gershon, “Media Ideologies: An Introduction.” Article.
  5. Hanna de Vries, “Collective nouns.” Book chapter.
  6. Ayesha Majid, “Marketing strategy of Lenovo laptops.” Report.
  7. Shawn Graham, EX FIGLINIS: The Network Dynamics of the Tiber Valley Brick Industry in the Hinterland of Rome. Book.
  8. Cameron Neylon, “Research excellence is a neo-colonial agenda (and what might be done about it).” Book chapter.
  9. Brigitte Fielder, “Animal Humanism: Race, Species, and Affective Kinship in Nineteenth-Century Abolitionism.” Article.
  10. Johann-Mattis List, Pragmatics of Language Evolution. Book.

The Educator’s Guide to Humanities Commons

On Thursday, August 15th, we posted a Twitter thread through the @humcommons Twitter account that detailed the many Humanities Commons tools that educators might find helpful. Since this thread received such a positive response, we decided to also share it as a blog post here for posterity and in case any non-Twitter users might be interested in what it has to offer.

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Top CORE Deposits of July 2019

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The most downloaded CORE deposits in July cover diverse topics, from computer science research to the racial politics of music history:

  1. Oscar Martinez-Peñate, El Salvador Sociología General. Book.
  2. Nicholas Rinehart, “Black Beethoven and the Racial Politics of Music History.” Article.
  3. Ayesha Majid, “Marketing strategy of Lenovo laptops.” Report.
  4. Titus Stahl, “What is Immanent Critique?” Article.
  5. Ilana Gershon, “Media Ideologies: An Introduction.” Article.
  6. Hanna de Vries, “Collective nouns.” Book chapter.
  7. Camille Akmut, “An Introduction to Computer Science Research.” Bibliography.
  8. Marlene Manoff, “Archive and Library,” Essay.
  9. David Bawden, “The Dark Side of Information: Overload, Anxiety and Other Paradoxes and Pathologies.” Article.
  10. Brigitte Fielder, “Animal Humanism: Race, Species, and Affective Kinship in Nineteenth-Century Abolitionism.” Article.