On Friday, 22nd of September 2017, the kick-off meeting of the Editorial Team of “OpenMethods: Highlighting Digital Humanities Methods and Tools” took place. DH experts from all over Europe discussed with the OpenMethods Chief Editor Delphine Montoliu and the OpenMethods Management Team the further direction of this new initiative spearheaded by Humanities at Scale (a DARIAH-EU H2020 project) in cooperation with OPERAS.

The “OpenMethods” website aims at highlighting curated content in the field of Digital Humanities Methods and Tools, an area currently under-represented in the peer-reviewed DH literature, especially, but not exclusively from a European perspective. With the enormous amount of material available online, from blog posts, articles, expert reports, etc., OpenMethods reacts to the need to highlight and promote especially valuable multilingual and multidisciplinary Open Access content to the community on a dedicated platform in order to showcase analysis and results, facilitate interdisciplinary and international knowledge exchange, and accelerate the empowerment of the research community. Read more about the mission and background of OpenMethods here.

“OpenMethods” is intended to be a “metablog”. This means that the members of the “OpenMethods” Editorial Team will highlight already published interesting content by promoting it on the “OpenMethods” website. The Editorial Team has already done a great job over the last few weeks by starting to populate the OpenMethods website with highly interesting content in various languages, as you can see on the new OpenMethods website.

To take “OpenMethods” to the next level, directly to the pulse of the community as a collaborative and interactive forum, the Editorial Team needs input from the DH community. Therefore, members of the DH community interested in digital methods and tools are warmly invited to apply to join OpenMethods as Volunteer Editors to advise the OpenMethods Editorial Team on which content should be highlighted on “OpenMethods”!

The “OpenMethods” Editorial Team will select high quality resources from amongst the Volunteer Editors’ nominations via a voting system, curate, and categorize the content proposed by the Community Volunteers using the TaDiRAH Taxonomy in order to make it easier to identify interesting high quality resources on Digital methods and tools within the “OpenMethods” metablog.

Interested in following “OpenMethods” on this new adventure in the Digital Humanities?

Read more about becoming an OpenMethods Volunteer Editor for at least one week on the OpenMethods website and about the workflow and register now! The Volunteer Editors of the Week are named in person, will write and sign their own introductions on republished content and in the future especially active volunteer editors who nominate high quality content may become expert members of the core Editorial Team.

If you are not yet sure to join “Open Methods” as volunteer editor, but have interesting content to promote, you can always use the function Submit a Content on the “OpenMethods” website to draw the Editorial Team’s attention to content anonymously.

Spread the word about the new “OpenMethods” metablog website in your community and provide feedback about the website! Contact the OpenMethods Chief Editor, Delphine Montoliu, and the Management Team via openmethods@dariah.eu and stay up to date with new content by following “OpenMethods” on Twitter (@openmethods_dh) or by subscribing to our RSS feed.

Chief Editor Delphine Montoliu and the OpenMethods Management Team