What is a Digital Research Co-op?

This co-op is a voluntary association of researchers at all levels who are interested in doing digital research (method) or research on the digital (subject).

Nexus is also a physical space and set of communal resources located with the Institute for Humanities Research.

What are we doing?

Creating and maintaining a sustainable communal structure through digital research and resource sharing that

  1. promotes community development,
  2. values collaborative research and creative work, and
  3. emphasizes mutual care and distributed expertise.

The particular research and creative work done within Nexus depends on co-op members, but all work will either have a digital methodological or topical component (it needs not be entirely digital in either respect).

How do I get involved?

Anyone who is interested in contributing work and expertise may become a member (bit.ly/nexus-membership).

Researchers of all kinds are welcome as members, including but not limited to students, community members, staff, and faculty.

What are the benefits of membership in the co-op and how does it work?

Members can bring research projects and ideas to the Nexus community for development, advancement, testing, or completion. Members have access to the equipment and expertise of Nexus, including computing resources, imaging technology, wearable and desktop fabrication tools, design resources, e-textiles of a variety of sorts, and more. Members may also use the physical space of Nexus to co-work and to do collaborative work. Members will also help determine future projects and resource needs. Members who contribute substantial work to a single project will be included in all bylines and publication credits for that work and may note their work on vitas/resumes.

Members agree to contribute 36 hours of work per year to the co-op (for Spring ‘18 this is 18 hours across the term). This may include but is not limited to grant and project scoping, co-authoring funding requests, writing up research outcomes, creating methods, artwork, or tools, conducting primary or secondary research, contributing area expertise, or offering editorial work. Members who produce successful grant applications through Nexus are asked to include some resource provisioning in their grants, to be determined by the project leads in coordination with Nexus staff. Nexus staff agrees to write letters on behalf of members for job, tenure, and other review processes outlining work done in the co-op.

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