Announcing PressForward 5.0!

The PressForward team is happy to announce the release of PressForward 5.0, which features a new statistics API that will provide specialized altmetrics data associated with the PressForward editorial workflow. This latest release also includes an opt-in feature for gathering diagnostics and a number of bug fixes and performance enhancements. In PressForward 4.2 and 4.3... Read more »

Second Round of PressForward Microgrants Announced

With the generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the PressForward Project invites applications for a second round of microgrants, in amounts of up to $1000, awarded to fund science communications projects. PressForward publications aggregate content from the web at large, sharing the most relevant work published online and fostering conversations within and across... Read more »

Using PressForward as a Graduate Student

The ability to discuss and nominate content in PressForward makes it a valuable tool for groups producing collaborative online publications, but PressForward can also come in handy for individuals working on their personal websites. I use the plugin on my own WordPress site (most prominently in a section I call “DH Reads”), so I’m sharing... Read more »

PressForward Testing Protocol

Here at PressForward, we’ve seen the number of developers that want to adapt PressForward to meet their own needs increase. In order to aid that development, we’re making our basic PressForward testing protocol available so that anyone can test the plugin’s basic functions in a systematic way. Running through the testing checklist provides an easy introduction to PressForward’s... Read more »

Announcing PressForward 4.3

The PressForward team is excited to announce the release of PressForward 4.3. This release includes a number of bug fixes and performance enhancements. Most notably, the release includes updates to the Nominate This Bookmarklet. Enhancements will resolve a longstanding issue with Reclaim and HostGator hosting services. If you are experiencing issues with the Nominate This... Read more »

PressForward in Librarianship Journal

FILE: /main/production/doc/data/assets/site/ir_journal/ Last month, Collaborative Librarianship published an article about PressForward and the communities that utilize the plugin. Learn more about the history and applications of PressForward and stay tuned for upcoming pieces about the technology behind the plugin and our current projects.   Read More: “Pressing Forward in Scholarly Communities”

Announcing PressForward Microgrants

With the generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the PressForward Project invites applications for microgrants of up to $1000 to fund science communications projects. PressForward publications aggregate content from the web at large, sharing the most relevant work published online and fostering conversations within and across disciplines, institutions, and classrooms. PressForward is developed... Read more »

Announcing the Addition of PressForward Data to the WP API with PressForward 4.1

Today the PressForward team is pleased to announce the release of PressForward 4.1, an update to our WordPress plugin that enables the aggregation of RSS / ATOM feeds and the curation of web publications. Version 4.1 of PressForward serves as the first step toward the release of a complete PressForward Application Programming Interface (API). The... Read more »

Big Performance Upgrades with PressForward 4.0

Today we’re excited to announce the release of PressForward 4.0. Our newest release continues our move toward a dependency injected structure and brings significant performance upgrades as well as several feature enhancements. Updates to the Open Graph library, the methodology for building nominations in the Nominate This Bookmarklet, and changes to how post meta is... Read more »

Pilot Partner Profile: HABRI Central

Mission Statement HABRI Central is an online platform that strives to promote understanding of the human-animal bond by providing access to human-animal bond scholarship, contextualizing that information and its implications, and engaging those who are in positions to make use of that knowledge. Publication HABRI Central HABRI Central connects a diverse group of researchers, practitioners... Read more »

Pilot Partner Profile – College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at UW-Madison

Mission Statement While several programs on campus offer support to students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds, the STEM Diversity Network is a place designed to help all interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers specifically. This network exists to aid the academic and social advancement of students (undergrad, grad, postdocs) in STEM... Read more »

Pilot Partner Profile: Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL)

The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is dedicated to scientific discovery – exploring fundamental biology, understanding marine biodiversity and the environment, and informing the human condition through research and education. Founded in Woods Hole, Massachusetts in 1888, the MBL is a private, nonprofit institution and an affiliate of the University of Chicago. Publication The Well: MBL... Read more »

Pilot Partner Profile: The Deep-Sea Biology Society (DSBS)

Mission Statement The Deep-Sea Biology Society aims to promote deep-sea biological sciences and conservation by ensuring open forums for scientists, engaging the public and policy makers, and ensuring demographic diversity among scientists. Publication Deep-Sea Biology ( Using its PressForward funding and support, the Deep-Sea Biology society will re-launch its website this fall. The new version... Read more »

Announcement: The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing Launches Showcase

We are pleased to announce the launch of our first pilot partner publication this month, CASW’s Showcase, which will showcase prize-winning examples of science writing to the public, and will encourage a high level of scholarly communication within the field. CASW released the following statement about the launch: The Council for the Advancement of Science... Read more »

Pilot Partner Profile: Lewis & Clark College Environmental Studies Program

Mission Statement Environmental studies situates environmental problems and solutions in a scholarly context, working alongside other academic disciplines to build a more livable world. Publication Environment Across Boundaries (ENVX) Lewis & Clark College’s Environmental Studies Program is using their PressForward grant and support network to create Environment Across Boundaries (ENVX) to encourage student engagement with... Read more »

Version 2.0 of the PressForward Turnkey Theme Released

Today we are excited to announce the release of version 2.0 of the PressForward Turnkey Theme.  Designed to complement the workflow of PressForward, our Turnkey theme aids scholars in quickly creating easily customizable PressForward publications. While the theme has been available for download on GitHub since last summer, revisions to the WordPress Theme Submission Requirements... Read more »

Announcing an Entirely New Codebase Structure with PressForward 3.9

Today we’re excited to announce the release of PressForward 3.9, which features a complete overhaul of the codebase to improve stability and pave the way for exciting future developments. With the release of version 3.9,  PressForward takes its first step into an entirely new backend structure. After four years of constant development the core code... Read more »

How Do We Fix Scholarly Publishing? Global leaders meet at Mason to lay out a plan

FAIRFAX, Va. (April 20, 2016) – Business and research leaders from around the world will meet this week on the campus of George Mason University to begin laying the groundwork for a preferred future of research publishing. For years, universities have expressed concern over the escalating costs of academic journals while publishers have struggled to... Read more »

Announcing the Next Phase of PressForward!

The PressForward team is pleased to announce that the PressForward project has been awarded a three-year, $736,042 grant by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. PressForward, launched in 2011 by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, is an innovative scholarly communication research project that is researching methods and developing technologies to facilitate scholarly... Read more »

PressForward 3.8

Last week the PressForward team released PressForward 3.8. Our latest release includes numerous bug fixes and enhances the functionality of the Nominate This bookmarklet, user permissions, and OPML functionality. Notably, the functionality of the Send to Draft button, located in All Content, has been restored. Also included in our latest version, is a new site preference that allows... Read more »

Science Communication Blog Talks PressForward

We recently caught up with our friends at improvscience, an organization committed to helping scientists better communicate their research and enthusiasm. Like PressForward, their work is the centerpiece of not only engagement efforts, but also community building and facilitation. Read more about their efforts and thoughts about PressForward: Excitement for PressForward.

PressForward 3.7

The PressForward team is excited to announce the release of PressForward 3.7, an update to our WordPress plugin that helps you collect, discuss, and share content from the web. In addition to numerous bug fixes, this update brings refinements to the Subscribed Feeds panel and new features to the feed submission and management process. This... Read more »

PressForward-Powered PLOS Collections Launches Today!

Today sees the relaunch of the fourth and final publication of the original lineup of PressForward partners, PLOS Collections, with a brand new look and features. So what’s new and what can it do? Victoria Costello of the PLOS Blogs Network explains how this powerful and eclectic source of science discovery serves the research community. ~ A new design: The... Read more »

MicroBEnet Launches PressForward!

The second of the original PressForward pilot partners, microBEnet, has relaunched their website with PressForward integration. Already an active resource for those invested and interested in the microbiology of the built environment, microBEnet has used PressForward to extend their reach and include more community members in the selection of content for their site. The microBEnet team, based out... Read more »

Pressing Forward with Citizen Science Today!

We’re delighted to announce the launch of Citizen Science Today as the latest PressForward publication, presented by the Zooniverse and our friends from the growing community of researchers and practitioners of citizen science. Citizen science – the involvement of non-professionals in the research process – has been part of research for centuries, and fields ranging... Read more »

Science and Technology Magazine Profiles PressForward

International Innovation, a magazine featuring breakthroughs and insights into the most pressing, interesting, and relevant trends in science and technology, has published a profile of PressForward. To learn more about the the project’s development and future, read and share the profile on the International Innovation website.

The “Scholarly Blog”: PressForward’s Many Paths to Success, and How to Measure Them

On August 13 and 14, the PressFoward team met with current PressForward Partners, prospective partners, and interested participants for the PressForward Institute, an intensive, two-day symposium on open access scholarly communication, curated community publications and the PressForward plugin. Partners presented publications and roundtables facilitated discussion on keeping up with scholarly work on the open web,... Read more »

PressForward 3.6 Release

The PressForward team is excited to announce the release of PressForward 3.6, an update to our WordPress plugin that helps you collect, discuss, and share content from the web.  This update increases the available methods of aggregating and organizing content with the introduction of new OPML (Outbound Processor Markup Language) features. OPML files allow users... Read more »

Announcing the PressForward Institute

How can investigators make better use of the abundance of high-quality research available on the web? As contributions to open-access repositories, journals, and social media communities increase, the task of discovering, evaluating, and sharing relevant work with peers and collaborators grows more challenging. For those in the sciences, materials like data, pre-prints, and the small,... Read more »

Ant, Spider, Bee Flies with PressForward

Today, the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, Germany, relaunches its affiliated blog, Ant Spider Bee: Exploring Digital Environmental Humanities, as a PressForward publication. The Rachel Carson Center and Ant, Spider, Bee’s editors are delighted to be PressForward pilot partners. The mission of our blog is to engage academics and practitioners in the... Read more »

A New Look for PressForward 3.5

We are excited to announce the release of PressForward 3.5, the latest version of our free WordPress plugin for collecting, discussing, and sharing online scholarship. This latest release includes significant updates and changes to the user interface, new features and enhancements, and a few bug fixes–all designed to make best practices for sharing online content easier... Read more »

Become a PressForward Partner!

PressForward is now accepting applications for partners to develop pilot publications using the PressForward plugin and methods. Pilot partners receive a grant to help cover startup costs and extensive PressForward support to develop (or relaunch) their own PressForward publications. PressForward publications use innovative methods to aggregate scholarship, research, white papers and informal conversations published on the open... Read more »

PressForward is Hiring!

PressForward is hiring an Outreach Coordinator to work with us as we develop new publications using the PressForward plugin. The PressForward Outreach Coordinator will identify and recruit key pilot partners and deliver hands-on training using the PressForward plugin. The RRCHNM PressForward team offers pilot partners customized technical and editorial expertise at each stage of publication development, and... Read more »

Become a DHNow Editor-at-Large!

As the new semester gets underway, we’re issuing the call for volunteers to help us choose the pieces that we feature on Digital Humanities Now. Editors-at-Large see all the work and announcements published each week on the more than 400 websites that Digital Humanities Now follows. Volunteering a few hours in a given week provides access... Read more »

Best Practices in Curated Publication: A Guide

The abundance of gray literature on the open web has created a need for the development of web publications that aid research communities by aggregating, curating and redistributing material of value to that community. The use of technologies, like the PressForward plugin, makes this possible for those with only modest time and labor to dedicate... Read more »

Prototyping the Plugin

Here at PressForward, the process of developing software for scholarly communication began with a question: How can a person make staying current with the work and conversations in their field a manageable task and still have the energy to participate in those conversations? An academic’s work requires tracking the contents of journals and book lists from... Read more »

Introducing PressForward Pilots and Outreach

We are delighted to announce that the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has generously awarded $481,340 to fund a new phase of PressForward. A free and open-source software project launched by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media in 2011, PressForward enables teams of researchers to aggregate, filter, and disseminate relevant scholarship using the... Read more »

PressForward 3.3 Update

The PressForward team is pleased to announce the release of PressForward 3.3, an update to our WordPress plugin that enables the aggregation of RSS and ATOM feeds and the curation of web publications. This update includes enhancements to usability and the user interface. Changes provide the ability to: show hidden items on the ‘All Content’ browse page, upload... Read more »

PressForward Workshop and Brown Bag with Public Philosophy Journal

On June 26, 2014 PressForward will offer a free workshop on the PressForward Plugin and host a brown bag presentation by the Public Philosophy Journal, which uses PressForward to curate content. Both events will take place at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media on the George Mason University Fairfax campus. Beginning at 9:30am in Research 402, the workshop... Read more »

Announcing the PressForward Plugin!

The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, the team that brought you Zotero and Omeka, announces the release of its newest digital tool, the PressFoward Plugin.  A tool for aggregating, curating and publishing content from the web, PressForward will change the way that websites find and publish the news and stories they share. PressForward enables individuals and communities to develop their own aggregated publications and will change the way that journalists, bloggers, and institutions find audiences for their work. Available for download from the Directory or from the Administrative Dashboard within a WordPress website, PressForward allows users to collect content published elsewhere on the web, discuss it with potential collaborators, and format and publish that content without ever leaving their website dashboard. For those who want to roam the web looking for news or articles to share, PressForward also provides a bookmarklet that makes it possible to capture content for your website with a simple click on your toolbar. Learn more here.

PressForward at DH2014!

On July 8, 2014 at 9 am, the PressForward team will be running a workshop at DH2014 in Lausanne titled, “Using the PressForward Plugin to Create and Maintain Web Publications.” The workshop is open to anyone interested in learning how to use the soon-to-be released PressForward plugin [ed: now available on WordPress and GitHub!] to create web publications... Read more »

Guide to Curating Scholarship from the Open Web: Part 4

This Guide to Curating Scholarship from the Open Web introduces the intellectual and practical considerations for initiating and sustaining a collaboratively-edited publication that sources and distributes scholarship on the open web. Part Four provides an overview of the technical and editorial processes of the weekly curated publication Digital Humanities Now as a reference. Continue Reading.

Prototyping a Curated Scholarly Publication: Digital Humanities Now

Is it possible for scholars to scan the rapidly growing corpus of scholarship available on the open web? How can communities identify relevant and timely materials and share these discoveries with peers? Anyone who tries to stay current with new research and conversations in their field -- ourselves included -- faces an overwhelming amount of material scattered across the web. For the past three years the PressForward team has been experimenting with methods for catching and highlighting web-based scholarly communication by concurrently developing our Digital Humanities Now (DHNow) publication and our PressForward plugin for WordPress. Read about how we prototyped a scalable and reproducible publication model here.

Scholarly Communication, the Web Way – A New Blog Series

With this post we begin a new series on the PressForward blog that reflect on three years of research on sourcing and circulating scholarly communication on the open web. In the coming weeks we will share our discoveries, processes, and code developed through rapid prototyping and iterative design: the PressForward plugin for WordPress; the collaboratively-edited weekly publication Digital Humanities Now; and the experimental overlay Journal of Digital HumanitiesWe hope these resources will encourage and assist others who wish to collect, select, and share content from the web with an engaged community of readers. Read more here.

Journal of Digital Humanities 3.1: “Exploring and Designing Virtual Worlds” Now Available

The eighth issue of the Journal of Digital Humanities is now available online, with options to download as epub, PDF, or iBook. What can we learn from the creation and exploration of a virtual world? The impulse to create imagined spaces occupies a longstanding tradition in the humanities. Whether it be Plato's Cave or Mount Olympus or Yoknapatawpha, virtual landscapes hold out the promise to expand our human capacities to create, to imagine, and to analyze beyond our physical constraints. Advancements in computational media enable the production of increasingly sophisticated, multimodal technologies that in turn raise new ethical, political, and methodological questions for humanities scholars. This eighth issue of the Journal of Digital Humanities offers multiple perspectives on the digital and physical worlds we create, inhabit, and study.

DHFeedFest 2014!

Join the Digital Humanities Now FeedFest, and help us keep our RSS feeds up to date! Using the Pressforward plugin, DHNow pulls content from a collection of RSS feeds and allows Editors-at-Large to preview, sort, and nominate content for the editorial staff to review. In order to keep DHNow as current and as involved in... Read more »

PressForward Nominated for a DH Award!

Vote for the PressForward plugin! The PressForward plugin, which allows users to aggregate and curate web feeds for publication in WordPress, has been nominated for a DH Award. The DH Awards are publicly-voted awards for the digital humanities community. The plugin is used not only for our own Digital Humanities Now and Global Perspectives on Digital History, but also... Read more »

Call for Participation: The History of Vinyl

American History Now, a PressForward project from the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, announces the launch of and invites participation in a special issue on the history of vinyl records. A collaborative project that will culminate in a curated volume, American History Now will publish the work of scholars, collectors, and enthusiasts... Read more »

Two Years of the Journal of Digital Humanities

Seven issues. Nearly 90 works by over 120 authors and a half dozen institutions. More than 600 pages. Who says that there is no scholarship on the open web? With the first two volumes of the Journal of Digital Humanities (JDH) we have offered an overlay journal for this diverse and emerging field, sourced almost entirely from scholarship on the open web in the previous six months. This post provides background on some frequently asked questions about the production of JDH content and issues.

Highlights from a Year of DHNow

This is the season of holly and eggnog, the season of short days and finals and grading marathons. It is also a season of lists. Lists of gifts and “best ofs,” lists for reflection or amusement. We are not immune. While taking stock of the year in Digital Humanities Now statistics for last week’s PressForward... Read more »

Journal of Digital Humanities 2.3: Local Programs, Global Audiences Now Available

The seventh issue of the Journal of Digital Humanities is now available online, with options to download as epub, PDF, or iBook. In the scholarly communication ecosystem, lectures and conference roundtables offer valuable opportunities to share one's on-going research and reflections with an engaged audience. Although social media, online conference programs, and slideshare sites now boost the signal of scholarly work, talks at conferences are still often limited by the time and place of their delivery. In this seventh issue of the Journal of Digital Humanities, each featured piece translated what began as an oral presentation at a scholarly conference into another form for a wider audience on the open web. In addition, we are proud to debut a new genre of gray literature in this first of two installments of posters originally presented at DH2013, the annual, international conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations. Our goal was to improve the visibility of these already peer-reviewed works by offering a sustainable, open publication venue that benefits both those who were able to attend DH2013 and those who were not. As you read the features and peruse the poster gallery in this issue, we hope that you find new insights, new tools, or new approaches that are currently in development and of lasting value to you.

The Year in Digital Humanities Now

As 2013 rolls to an end and magazines and newspapers begin to reflect on the past year, we thought we’d take a look at the last twelve months in Digital Humanities Now. As part of the PressForward project’s research into scholarly communication, these periodic status updates help us better understand where we’ve been and provoke... Read more »

The New Editors-at-Large Corner on Digital Humanities Now

With a large and ever-growing readership our flagship publication, Digital Humanities Now relies on the tireless efforts of a rotating team of volunteers who read through curated RSS feeds and nominate items of interest for publication. One of the ongoing challenges for managing DHNow, however, has been coordinating the efforts of these volunteers. This post describes recent changes to our coordination methods and introduces the new “Editors-at-Large Corner" with information about our processes for our editors-at-large, readers, and community at large.

Digital Humanities Now (and Then)

Over the past four years, Digital Humanities Now (DHNow) has used a variety of approaches to aggregating, reviewing, selecting, and disseminating scholarly content from the open web. By experimenting with DHNow, we are developing methodologies and technologies to facilitate community-sourced publications beyond digital humanities. In this post we detail some of the methods and technologies we have used along the way and our wishlist and plans for the future.

Happy Anniversary, PressForward!

Happy Anniversary, PressForward! Funded by the Alfred P. Sloan foundation and based at George Mason University’s Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, the PressForward project was born two years ago with a mission to showcase the varied, dynamic, and provocative digital humanities scholarship published on the open web. To do this, the project... Read more »

Journal of Digital Humanities 2.2: Expanding Communities of Practice

The sixth issue of the Journal of Digital Humanities is now available online, with options to download as epub, PDF, or iBook. The materials featured in this sixth issue of the Journal of Digital Humanities expose "communities of practice" in digital humanities beyond the constellations of people and institutions directly engaged in experimental and digitally-inflected scholarship. Communities of practice, socially constructed groups that form around shared interests or crafts, often generate forms of tacit knowledge that circulate informally. What distinguishes the works herein is their articulation of tacit knowledge produced during the course of project development. While they originate in diverse sites of digital humanities scholarship, these project strategically engage contingent audiences. Furthermore, each details conscious decisions that tailor its approach to collaborative creation and implementation. Read the rest of the sixth issue of the Journal of Digital Humanities here.

PressForward welcomes Stephanie Westcott!

We are very excited to have Stephanie Westcott join the PressForward team. Stephanie has worked in the publishing and communication fields in addition to teaching American history for the University of Wisconsin. Stephanie is an historian of popular culture, and received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012. At RRCHNM, Stephanie will help manage Digital Humanities Now and Journal of Digital Humanities, as well as conduct outreach for the PressForward plugin and project.

THATCamp Publishing!

THATCamp Publishing is a free, one-day unconference on June 19 open to publishers, librarians, faculty and students, archivists, museum professionals, interested amateurs, technologists, administrators, and funders from the nonprofit and for-profit sectors — any and all who want to advance scholarly publishing in and for a digital age.

Survey of Scholarship Available on Scholarly Association and Community Websites

Do visitors to the websites of professional scholarly associations and communities actually find any scholarship? This report by Caitlin Wolters, a George Mason MA Student and intern at PressForward, assesses the scholarly communication available on the websites of twelve professional associations and communities from the sciences and the humanities. Report

Spatial Demography Releases First Issue

PressForward is pleased to announce the release of the inaugural issue of Spatial Demography, a new publication focused on the spatial analysis of demographic processes. This cross-disciplinary work involves modern demographic data visualization, enhanced geo-referenced data availability, and spatial statistics, facilitated through full color graphics, motion video tools, and a quick time-to-publication.

Journal of Digital Humanities 2.1: Topic Modeling Now Available

The fifth issue of the Journal of Digital Humanities is now available online, with options to download as epub, PDF, or iBook. The advancement of scholarship relies on the timely communication of questions, methods, results, and reflections. The iterative publications Digital Humanities Now and the Journal of Digital Humanities are intended to facilitate this process. DHNow surfaces and distributes the conversations weekly in order to invite participation and feedback. The Journal of Digital Humanities then identifies the conversations that need a stable landing on which to pause and reflect before continuing onward.

Filtering Scholarly Writing from the Open Web using Active Learning SVM

In this report Xin Guan, a graduate student of computer science at George Mason University, introduces the Support Vector Machine (SVM) program he developed to identify valuable pieces from the large pool of potential content for Digital Humanities Now. Those interested in the concepts and logistics behind the classifier program will be interested to read his explanation of the Active Learning method of Machine Learning he used. Report

Discovering Scholarship on the Open Web: Communities and Methods

Online publications that aggregate content from a wide variety of sources have become increasingly valuable to readers and publishers. The academy, however, is still unsure how to efficiently identify, collect, survey, evaluate, and redistribute the valuable scholarly writing published both formally and informally on the open web. Fortunately, some scholarly communities are developing methods to draw attention to upcoming work in their fields. This report by project director Joan Fragaszy Troyano outlines the current state of the aggregation, curation, evaluation, and distribution of scholarship on the open web. HTML | PDF

Webinar Recording Available

An archived version of PressForward’s webinar for Educause is now available. More than 65 leaders in information technology and higher education logged in for the live webinar. The audio, slides, and chat transcript are still available for this overview of current efforts to distribute and evaluate scholarly work available on the open web. The webinar... Read more »

16 Month Review of Digital Humanities Now

Sixteen months after the relaunch of Digital Humanities Now, it is time again to offer a glimpse behind the scenes. While many of the trends we identified in our six month report remain stable, there have been two significant changes in our editorial process. First, we have reduced our publication cycle from daily to twice weekly. Second, we have expanded our editorial team to include 121 Editors-at-Large from the digital humanities community.

Project Briefing Available

This presentation provides an overview of current efforts to distribute and evaluate scholarly work available on the open web, and an explanation of the experimental methods behind PressForward’s Digital Humanities Now and Journal of Digital Humanities. It also includes a preview of the open source adaptations to WordPress software that PressForward is developing to enable scholarly communities to easily aggregate, select, and credit work published on the open web.

Journal of Digital Humanities 1.4: Closing the Evaluation Gap

With this fourth issue we wrap up the first year of the Journal of Digital Humanities, and with it, our first twelve months of attempting to find and promote digital scholarship from the open web using a system of layered review. The importance of assessment and the scholarly vetting process around digital scholarship has been foremost in our minds, as it has in the minds of many others this year. As digital humanities continues to grow and as more scholars and disciplines become invested in its methods and results, institutions and scholars increasingly have been debating how to maintain academic rigor while accepting new genres and the openness that the web promotes.

Experimenting with Aggregated Conference Proceedings

PressForward is experimenting with aggregating real-time conference proceedings for the 2012 Museum Computer Network meeting in Seattle this week. We are trying to build a replicable model for generating inexpensive digital conference proceedings to demonstrate how a museum, library, archive, or scholarly society can aggregate digital materials from symposia, meetings, conferences, and other public programs... Read more »

Introducing American History Now

American History Now is a new PressForward publication and part of a broad effort to reconceive scholarly communication to suit the digital age. It combines some elements of a traditional scholarly journal, particularly the idea of vetting by an editorial board, with new forms of community made possible by digital media. American History Now aims to address some... Read more »

Journal of Digital Humanities 1.3

The third issue of the Journal of Digital Humanities is now available online, with options to download as epub, PDF, or iBook. So much of the content of digital humanities begins in the analog world: documents that are scanned and indexed; maps that are recast in GIS; quantities that are converted to machine-readable tables. Although... Read more »

Workshop at THATCamp CHNM

The PressForward team will be leading a workshop on aggregation and curation at THATCamp CHNM, on June 15. Here’s a description of the workshop: Introduction to RSS Aggregation and Curation Do you want an easier way to survey your field in order to identify and redistribute the most important information? In this workshop the editors... Read more »

PressForward in Scholarly Communication Institute Report

A report on Scholarly Production and Authoring from the Scholarly Communication Institute’s May 2012 is now available. Dan Cohen presented on PressForward at the meeting, which focused on experimental platforms for scholarly production, as well as shared concerns and opportunities for change in broader areas such as audience, building and sustaining communities, academic workflow, and... Read more »

Journal of Digital Humanities Releases First Issue

We’re pleased to present the inaugural issue of the Journal of Digital Humanities, which represents the best of the work that was posted online by the community of digital humanities scholars and practitioners in the final three months of 2011. The issue is available online at

Global Perspectives on Digital History Launches

  Today, Peter Haber, Jan Hodel, and Mills Kelly (along with the indispensable help of Dan Ludington) are pleased to announce the launch of Global Perspectives on Digital History, the latest of the PressForward publications from the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. Like Digital Humanities Now, Global Perspectives on Digital History aggregates... Read more »

Introducing the Journal of Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities Now is pleased to announce the Journal of Digital Humanities (ISSN 2165-6673), forthcoming in March 2012. In this comprehensive, peer-reviewed, open access journal we will feature the best scholarship, projects, and tools produced by the digital humanities community in the previous quarter. The Journal of Digital Humanities will offer expanded coverage of the... Read more »

“The Future of Digital Publishing” at HASTAC

Dan Cohen presented on PressForward at the 2011 HASTAC conference at the University of Michigan. He was joined on the panel “The Future of Digital Publishing” by Tara McPherson and Richard Nash. Video of that panel is now available: In the panel, Cohen expand upon several points he’s made elsewhere, such as PressForward‘s pyramidal scheme... Read more »

PressForward at the DLF Meeting

At the Digital Library Federation meeting, PressForward helped lead the New Modes of Publishing panel. After PressForward, MPublishing, NYU Press, and university research and scholarly communications officers presented their initiatives, the entire group developed SPARC’s recommendations for best practices in library publishing into action items. You can see the document here.

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