Humanities Commons Network to Expand to New STEM-Focused Common Spaces, Awarded a Three-Year, $1.24 Million Grant from the National Science Foundation


Commons of human sciencesan online open source platform hosted and supported by Michigan State University and used by thousands of scholars and humanities practitioners around the world, received a three-year grant of $1,249,282 from the national science foundation to establish a common that focuses on STEM.

Directed by Kathleen Fitzpatrick, director of digital humanities and professor of English at Michigan State University, Humanities Commons facilitates communication and collaboration between scholars and practitioners in the humanities, allowing them to engage in discussions and share articles, presentations and other scientific documents. Members also create online professional profiles to connect with others and share their work more widely.

Until its introduction, nothing looked like the Humanities Commons in the field of humanities. Networks existed to share preprints and working papers in the sciences and social sciences, but not so in the humanities. Six years after its creation in December 2016 by the Modern Languages ​​AssociationHumanities Commons will expand its network with the DBER+ Commons, or Discipline-Based Education Research Plus, project.

“We are excited about this opportunity to extend the functionality and functions we provide to our existing users in the humanities, as well as to engage this network and its principles with STEM educators around the world,” said Fitzpatrick. “Together, we can build an even more robust infrastructure to support open science and open scholarship communities.”

NSF funding comes from the FAIROS RCN Grant Program which launched this year to invest in findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable open science by supporting the formation and development of research coordination networks dedicated to these principles. Humanities Commons was one of 10 projects to receive an inaugural award, with each project seeking to advance open science efforts by focusing on creating and improving coordination among researchers and other stakeholders to advance the principles of findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable data.

Funding from the FAIROS RCN grant will be used for the DBER+ Commons project, which will expand the Humanities Commons system and build consensus around open science, FAIR and CARE practices, principles and guidelines for use in undergraduate studies, post-baccalaureate, graduate and postdoctoral cycles. research activities on science education.

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Co-PIs of the DBER+Commons project are MSU faculty working in STEM education research, including Julie LibarkinAssociate Dean for Research and Innovation in STEM Education and Professor at the Center for Integrative Studies in General Science; Danny Caballeroassociate professor in the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering; Shiv Karunakaran, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and the Mathematics Education Program; and Tammy Longassociate professor of plant biology.

This research coordination network will engage the entire science education research community and aims to advance several areas of science education research output, including metadata quality control for research products, management practices, interoperability, reproducibility, sustainability, equity and democratization of access to research data. .

Thanks to the support of the Mellon Foundation and the National Foundation for the Humanities, Humanities Commons has become an indispensable form of humanities infrastructure not only for scholars, practitioners and the public, but also for humanities organizations, who can be provided with a dedicated and personalized online space for the interaction of members. Organizations can create, host and archive a wide variety of open access publications and open educational resources with minimal financial investment. At the same time, Humanities Commons members can access all participating organizations to which they belong through a single sign-on mechanism.

Humanities Commons is open to anyone interested. There are no individual fees. You just need to create an account.


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