¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 As the digital age rapidly advances and facilitates the evolution of sharing scholarship and academic discussion, online editing has yet to be perfected. It remains in development through various platforms that seem to neglect a means of sustainability. However, this isn’t intentional abandonment, it’s a lack of a developed platform to facilitate user interaction and growth. As the humanities grow to incorporate digital methodologies, simple editing and review at the discretion of other scholars in its various disciplines require a new platform. This project will construct and establish a new approach to online editing – one that accounts for previous attempts at the formula while accounting for needs across more than a single institution.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The humanities at its core stand to be representative of the entire human experience. As the humanities trends toward technology, it’s important that technology moves in accordance with the humanities. New methods of facilitating not only the humanities’ core discussions but its basic building blocks of papers and editing is essential, as it is the true foundation of the entire experience.
¶ 6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 A plethora of paid services currently exist on the web to facilitate the editing of academic papers, theses, and dissertations. Of course, most institutions offer resource centers featuring these services, but a remote academic may not necessarily be able to access them. The aforementioned web services are typically expensive, and some cannot even guarantee that the work will be viewed by an academic in a field relevant to your paper. This work isn’t looking to necessarily replace an editing center in a university, but rather act as a supplement to the process through facilitating remote discussions and editing exchanges. A platform currently does not exist in which academics can submit their work for editing in exchange for their own editorial services, which this project aims to provide.
¶ 7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 Systems that currently look to achieve this goal operate under a gift economy. The problem of a system that operates under a gift economy is its sustainability due to participation in a user to user relationship. This gift economy system might seem generous initially, but the rate at which feedback is generated might drop, debilitating the platform in the process as an open tool. In facilitated settings these platforms might have success, but for natural individualized feedback outside of the classroom, there must exist a degree of incentive. What this project looks to promote is a barter economy across all of the various disciplines in the humanities. Editing would remain within a particular discipline, but the platform would incorporate spaces for papers from any field of study in the humanities to create an open accessibility environment. This platform’s goal is not to replace the peer review system, but rather facilitate stylistic and structural critiques of academic writing across the humanities by fellow academics.
¶ 10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 The project manager will be responsible for coordinating with the team to ensure that the project is delivered in accordance with the provided grant. The manager will also set dates and timelines not just for the development of the project, but the testing and execution of it as well.
¶ 12 Leave a comment on paragraph 12 0 The social media outreach coordinator will be directly in charge of the promotion of the final product through a variety of outlets. The social media outreach coordinator will be familiar with Facebook and Twitter ad campaigns, and also has knowledge of Google AdWords.
¶ 14 Leave a comment on paragraph 14 0 The WordPress developer will be well versed in HTML5, CSS3, PHP, MySQL, PHP, jQuery and Ruby. The WordPress developer will be in charge of setting up the initial user system, and backend of the WordPress. The developer will also be in charge of establishing the database to host not only user connections but the paper maintenance system as well. The developer will use jQuery to modify existing plugins to tailor them to the needs of the project site.
¶ 16 Leave a comment on paragraph 16 0 The graphic designer will be in charge of developing the front end of the website inclusive to logos, branding, and themes. The graphic designer will know how to operate Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark, Dreamweaver and HTML specifically to coordinate with the WordPress developer.