Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to invite you to try out Humanities Commons
<>, which launched in open beta last week. Humanities
Commons is a nonprofit network where humanities scholars can create a
professional profile, discuss common interests, develop new publications,
and share their work in a social, open-access repository. The Humanities
Commons network is open to anyone.

Humanities Commons is a project of the office of scholarly communication at
the Modern Language Association. Its development was generously funded
by a grant
from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Humanities Commons is based on the open-source Commons-in-a-Box
<> project of the City University of New York
<> and the CUNY Graduate Center
<> and is an expansion of the MLA's MLA Commons,
which launched in January 2013. The founding partner societies
<> of Humanities Commons are the Association
for Jewish Studies; the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian
Studies; and the College Art Association. Each society has its own Commons

Humanities Commons was designed by scholarly societies in the humanities to
serve the needs of humanists as they engage in teaching and research that
benefit the larger community. Unlike other social and academic communities,
Humanities Commons is open-access, open-source, and nonprofit. It is
focused on providing a space to discuss, share, and store cutting-edge
research and innovative pedagogy—not on generating profits from users'
intellectual and personal data.

The network also features an open-access repository, the Commons Open
Repository Exchange <>. CORE allows users to
preserve their research and increase its reach by sharing it across
disciplinary, institutional, and geographic boundaries. Humanities Commons
members can deposit all kinds of scholarly materials in CORE: peer-reviewed
journal articles, dissertations and theses; works in progress; conference
papers; syllabi; abstracts; data sets; presentations; translations; book
reviews; maps; charts; and more. Developed in partnership
<> with Columbia University's
Center for Digital Research and Scholarship <>,
CORE provides robust preservation services and is underwritten by an
implementation grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities' Office
of Digital Humanities

Contact the Humanities Commons team at the Modern Language Association at
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*Nicky Agate, PhD | **Head of Digital Initiatives*
Office of Scholarly Communication
Modern Language Association
T: 646-576-5114 | @terrainsvagues