Frequently Asked Questions

Why Digital Humanities Now?

Many members of the digital humanities field generously share their work on the open web. Our goal is to bring attention to contributions that share research findings, methods, theories, pedagogies, or practice. “Now” is part of the name because the materials we distribute are typically released in the previous two weeks.

DHNow also is a critical case study for experimenting with PressForward methodology (curation of aggregated content by communities of scholars) and technology (an open source WordPress plugin to facilitate sourcing and distribution). Finally, DHNow provides an opportunity for graduate students and faculty at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University to survey the broad scope of digital humanities practice and implement a collaborative digital humanities project.

Who selects the content for DHNow?

Though originally automated, since June, 2012, each week a group of volunteer Editors-at-Large has nominated posts from our source base and their own.

Learn about our volunteers and how to sign up here.

Rotating Editors-in-Chief select content for publication. Currently Editor-in-Chief responsibilities rotate among research faculty and graduate students at RRCHNM with dedicated time for this project.

You can read our criteria described here.

How can I submit a news announcement?

If you are already an Editor-at-Large, you may use the “nominate this” bookmarklet at any time, not just during your scheduled week. If you are not an editor-at-large, you can email us a link to your announcement: dhnow at pressforward dot org.

How can I get an RSS feed considered for DHNow?

If you would like to submit an RSS feed to be added to DHNow’s PressForward plugin, please fill out this form.

How can I see the work that you consider?

If you would like to read everything we monitor then you can view or subscribe to the unfiltered feed from the collection of feeds in the plugin.

How does content from DHNow end up in Journal of Digital Humanities?

Our affiliated Journal of Digital Humanities provides a more formal and stable publication venue for work surfaced by DHNow with long-term value to the practice and development of digital humanities. Editors’ Choice pieces are automatically considered for publication in JDH, along with pieces nominated by DHNow Editors-at-Large. JDH editors also survey institutional repositories and other sources to identify gray literature for republication in JDH.

What technology do you use?

We publish using WordPress. Since June 2013 we have been using our own PressForward plugin to aggregate, nominate, and review content via RSS feeds. Currently in beta, we are extending the functionality and user interface of the plugin. You can track our development or download the plugin from WordPress or GitHub, or see screenshots and instructions here.

How have your methods changed over time?

You can read about our previous iterations here:

How can I participate?

If you would like to participate in the selection process, consider becoming a volunteer Editor-at-Large.

How can I start a “now” publication for my own field?

We are happy to discuss how you might develop a similar publication for your field using the PressForward plugin or methodologies. We have helped Global Perspectives on Digital History, dh+lib, Open Access Now, and others. Please fill out this form with some initial information. We also are developing documentation and a handbook, which will be available in mid-2014.