“Plumi is a Free Software video sharing Content Management System based on Plone and produced by EngageMedia. Plumi enables you to create your own sophisticated video sharing site; by adding it to an existing Plone instance you can quickly have a wide array of functionality to facilitate video distribution and community creation. It includes a sophisticated workflow, site-wide, vodcasting, server-side flash/ogg transcoding and embedding, large file uploading via FTP and a range of other useful features.”

Spotlight on Digital Media & Learning

“Spotlight covers the intersections of technology and education, going behind the research to show how digital media is used in and out of classrooms to expand learning. Launched in 2009 as an independent publication covering MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Initiative, Spotlight has expanded to include coverage of people and projects in a wide variety of learning environments.”


“HASTAC (“haystack”) is a network of individuals and institutions inspired by the possibilities that new technologies offer us for shaping how we learn, teach, communicate, create, and organize our local and global communities.  We are motivated by the conviction that the digital era provides rich opportunities for informal and formal learning and for collaborative, networked research that extends across traditional disciplines, across the boundaries of academe and community, across the “two cultures” of humanism and technology, across the divide of thinking versus making, and across social strata and national borders.”

Institute for Oral History at Baylor

“Through dynamic, recorded interviews, oral history preserves the stories of individuals who helped create the fabric of history and whose lives, in turn, were shaped by the people, places, events, and ideas of their day. The Institute for Oral History has recorded and preserved oral histories since 1970, earning along the way a strong reputation for multidisciplinary outreach to both academic scholars and community historians by providing professional leadership, educational tools, and research opportunities.” See also: “E-Workshop: Getting Started with Oral History”

SIMILE Widgets

“This is an open-source ‘spin-off’ from the Simile project at MIT. Here we offer free, open-source web widgets, mostly for data visualizations. They are maintained and improved over time by a community of open-source developers.” Includes: Timeline, Exhibit, Timeplot, and Runway.

UVic Image Markup Tool

“Many tools exist for marking up text in XML. However, for a number of our projects, we need to be able to mark up images—by which I mean that we need to be able to describe and annotate images, and store the resulting data in TEI XML files. For this, relatively few tools exist, and those that do are either rather too complicated for novices not expert at markup (for example the Edition Production Technology) or use a proprietary file format (such as INote). Our aim is to produce a tool which creates conformant TEI P5 XML files, but which has a simple enough interface that it can be used by people with little or no experience in editing XML code.”

LoC Report on Flickr Pilot

“In January, the Library embarked on something that took the online community by storm. In conjunction with Flickr, we loaded a few thousand images from the Library of Congress’ vast collections and asked the user community to get involved: Give us your tags, your comments, your huddled masses … We were essentially conducting an experiment to see how crowdsourcing might enhance the quality of the information we are able to provide about our collections, while also finding innovative ways to get those collections out to people who might have an avid interest in them.” Learn more or read the full report.

USC SHOAH Foundation Institute

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Seattle Band Map

“The Seattle Band Map is a project that showcases the northwest’s vibrant music scene by documenting the thousands of bands who have performed throughout the decades; it also explores how these bands are interconnected through personal relationships and collaborations.”

Info Research in Science and Scholarship

At University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship, on Collections and Curation: “CIRSS projects in this sector focus on how to build, represent, and make accessible research collections, with a particular focus on the challenges and opportunities associated with the curation and federation of digital collections for long-term, distributed use. The ongoing funded research projects are complemented by a study group dedicated to metadata standards and associated research problems.”

Blood Sugar

by Sharon Daniel, design and programming by Erik Loyer

The Racer Sessions

“We collectively organize weekly sessions for new, experimental music. The purpose is to give musicians of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to interact and inspire each other, while establishing a community-accessible home for our music, which would otherwise only exist in classrooms, basements, outer space etc. Every Sunday, at Cafe Racer, the curator of the week will debut a piece of new music, which will be followed by a free improv session based mostly, partially, or negatively on the music that was presented.” Learn more.

About the audio: Cafe Racer recording of Realization Orchestra – Eliot Eidleman (guitar), George Pritzker (guitar), Mikal Cronin (bass), Matty Harris (soprano sax), Evan Backer (drums) – on July 17, 2011. Learn more.

This 'democratic consumer culture' has undoubtedly stimulated the emergence of new struggles which have played an important part in the rejection of old forms of subordination . . . The fact that these 'new antagonisms' are the expression of forms of resistance to the commodification, bureaucratization and increasing homogenization of social life itself explains why they should frequently manifest themselves through a proliferation of particularisms, and crystallize into a demand for autonomy itself.

On the post-war expansion of means of mass communication and the cultural forms associated with them, in Hegemony and Socialist Strategy, by Eresto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe (Verso, 1985), page 164

Efforts have been made to create the “products of the future,” sometimes only to find that the market was not ready for them. It is one thing to say that the organization needs to have a coherent vision of scholarly communications, quite another for provosts, press directors and librarians to agree on what that is and to put it into effect – especially when elements of this vision must be embraced across institutions.

From University Publishing in a Digital Age, by Laura Brown, Rebecca Griffiths, and Matthew Rascoff (ITHAKA 2007)

When projects fail, the knowledge to be gained from the failure is too often lost. We can learn as much from failure as success, and need to understand those projects that didn't work, and why. This may require independent analysis by external consultants, funding for which would need to be sponsored.

From Sustaining Scholarly Publishing: New Business Models for University Presses, a report of the AAUP Task Force on Economic Models for Scholarly Publishing

Project MUSE is partnering with the University Press e-Book Consortium (UPeC), to launch UPCC e-Book Collections, powered by Project MUSE. UPCC, the University Press Content Consortium, will offer peer-reviewed books from university presses and scholarly publishers.

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Publishing the Long Civil Rights Movement

Publishing the Long Civil Rights Movement seeks to inspire scholarly collaboration and develop new ways of creating and sharing scholarship on the civil rights movement. By focusing on the “Long Civil Rights Movement,” our project seeks to broaden and deepen the traditional understanding of the civil rights movement as a 1960s-era American phenomenon. It stretches the movement’s timeline to include its origins and its aftermath, and connects it with contemporary controversies such as school resegregation, environmental and economic justice, with related efforts for social justice such as the women’s and gay rights movements, and even with the forces arrayed against them. It also reaches beyond the borders of the United States, seeking out the civil rights movement’s global connections.

EVIA Digital Archive

The EVIA Digital Archive Project is a preservation and access system for annotated ethnographic field video by scholars, available to educators and researchers online.

New JSTOR Platform

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Just as graduate schools and professional societies came to recognize in the 1990s that they needed to support more pedagogical training, they should come to understand that they have a responsibility to help with similar kinds of training for project management.

From “Project Management for Humanists: Preparing Future Primary Investigators,” by Sharon M. Leon, for alt-academy (a MediaCommons project)

There was a significant level of expressed interest in open peer review among those authors who opted to post their manuscripts openly and who responded after the event, in contrast to the views of the editors. A small majority of those authors who did participate received comments, but typically very few, despite significant web traffic. Most comments were not technically substantive. Feedback suggests that there is a marked reluctance among researchers to offer open comments.

From “Overview: Nature‘s Peer Review Trial,” in Nature 2006

Google Ngram Viewer

“When you enter phrases into the Google Books Ngram Viewer, it displays a graph showing how those phrases have occurred in a corpus of books (e.g., ‘British English’, ‘English Fiction’, ‘French’) over the selected years.”

contrary to many previous studies, articles published in open-access journals may not be any more likely to be cited than those published in journals that limit access to subscribers.

From “Questioning the ‘Citation Advantage'” in Inside Higher Ed, February 10, 2011

Multimodal Analysis Lab

“The Multimodal Analysis Lab research team aims to develop new approaches to multimodal analysis using computer-based techniques of multimedia analysis, social semiotic theory and other interdisciplinary perspectives.”

Critical Media Lab

“The Critical Media Lab (CML) is a cross-disciplinary, research-creation initiative developed in the English Department at the University of Waterloo. The CML fosters the creation of new media projects that explore the impact of technology on society and the human condition.”

A Workflow for Digital Research

An excellent resource by William J. Turkel

More work has been focused on addressing multimedia in the authoring process, and thus more attention should be paid to the audience and its reception of multimedia argument.

From “Emerging Genres in Scholarly Communication,” the Scholarly Communication Institute 8 full report


“Bringing together the best scholarship from across the web, producing vital, open publications scholarly communities can gather around.”

Digital Repatriation and Reciprocal Curation

View the slides and other presentations by Kim Christen

In considering how to approach a feminist literary history, the editors of what became Orlando decided to explore the potential of digital media.... Devising a customized markup language allowed the history's underlying principles and priorities to be embodied in the textbase, providing new ways to access the interpretive as well as the relatively factual material of which the history is composed.

Susan Brown, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, “Going Electronic,” in the scholarly introduction for the Orlando Project