Meeting Scholars Where They Are: The Advanced Research Consortium (ARC) and a Social Humanities Infrastructure

  • Elizabeth Grumbach The Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture at Texas A&M University
  • Laura Mandell The Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture at Texas A&M University
Keywords: Virtual research and learning environments, Digital scholarship, Editorial process

Abstract

The Advanced Research Consortium (ARC) is the central organizing force for several virtual research environments (VREs). ARC is the hub for these period-specific nodes, which offer digital project peer review, aggregation and search technologies, and forms of community engagement. The mission of both ARC and the nodes is to construct and support a “social system” for the humanities in which the digital and the traditional can come together to develop a working social humanities infrastructure. This article discusses how the ARC infrastructure evolved from the framework of scholarly engagement developed by NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship) and explains how the consortium assists the scholarly community: through digital project peer review, aggregation and search, and outreach services.

Author Biographies

Elizabeth Grumbach, The Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture at Texas A&M University
Elizabeth Grumbach is a staff research assistant at the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture (IDHMC) at Texas A&M University, the Project Manager of the Advanced Research Consortium (ARC), and Project Manager for 18thConnect.
Laura Mandell, The Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture at Texas A&M University
Laura Mandell is the Director of the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture (IDHMC) at Texas A&M University, Director of the Advanced Research Consortium (ARC) and 18thConnect, and Project Director of The Poetess Archive.
Published
2014-12-16