Today marked the announcement of two great open access digital humanities projects. The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media announced its newest initiative, PressForward. PressForward aims to use open source technology as a means of highlighting work that goes beyond traditional publishing methods. This initiative aims to promote open access, new methods of dissemination of online scholarship, and the availability to digital publishing platforms. The digital publications PressForward is launching with can be seen here. An excellent summary of PressForward can be seen on Dan Cohen’s Digital Humanities Blog.
Today also marked the announcement of #Alt-Academy, an open access collection of writings on alternative academic careers within the humanities. The term #alt-academy (often shortened #alt-ac) was coined by Bethany Nowviskie and generally refers to people with academic training who are seeking employment/are employed outside of the tenure track but still within the university realm. This newly released collection of works can be found on MediaCommons, a site which emphasizes user participation and community development.