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RSA on Humanities Commons

Thursday, June 18, 2020  
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The RSA is delighted to announce the launch of several new groups and sites on Humanities Commons (HC), equipping us with additional tools to advance our work as individual scholars and teachers, and as a community. Specifically, the Digital and Multimedia committee has set up a forum for advice and collaboration, a space for student members hosted by our Graduate Student Advisory Committee, and a new Knowledge Base of Digital Resources.

Humanities Commons is not commercial, there are no advertisements, and your information isn’t sold to third parties. HC is completely private and provides a space for interactive work of a kind that’s not possible elsewhere. Humanities Commons enables:

  • Discovery. The ability to search for topics that have already been discussed and discover the research interests and previous work of other scholars. Searches in discussions include all words found anywhere in the title or body of the thread. You can also limit your search by various types: announcements, posts, replies, and so on.
  • Sustainability. HC provides an archive of community discussions. The information can then be exported or harvested for re-use in other resources.
  • Visibility. Work is made visible to those both within and outside a field. HC can be used to point to other resources (texts, images, sound clips, etc.).
  • Collaboration and Community. HC allows for multiple affiliations. It’s simple to form or join HC groups on almost any theme you can imagine and groups can be public, private, or hidden. The RSA HC page includes instructions on how to get started with your own online reading group, for instance. Or RSA Discipline Representatives or Associate Organizations could build a group page, both for public-facing content or behind-the-scenes administrative tasks. Learn more here.
  • Participating in discussions. Once you’ve created your profile, it's not necessary to log in to HC to take part in a discussion. You can respond directly in any email you receive. You can also set several notification preferences, giving you complete control of how often you’ll receive updates.
  • Home pages. These include the various 'group affiliations' you pick, allowing other HC members with similar interests to find you. The home pages allow you to post various documents (working versions of papers, syllabi, creative work, etc). HC allows one to maintain a durable public profile that is visible to colleagues in many disciplines. Get additional information here.
  • WordPress sites. HC members can create as many of these as they like, each with a unique URL. Essentially, these are personal or collective publishing platforms. Learn more here.

You can get started with Humanities Commons by clicking here. We hope you’ll utilize the RSA's newest digital tools on HC. Please feel free to email me with any questions or reach out to me on HC. Best wishes for a healthy and productive summer.

Richard Freedman
Chair, Digital and Multimedia Committee


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