By Sean Takats
I’m pleased to announce a new partnership between PressForward and OpenEdition. PressForward is the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media’s project to study and produce alternative means scholarly communication. OpenEdition, led by the Centre for Open Electronic Publishing in Marseille, shares many of the same goals but on a much larger scale: it seeks to develop a sustainable digital platform for publishing scholarly content and will be supported over eight years by a 7 million euro grant funded by the French Higher Education and Research Ministry. Our role at RRCHNM will be to develop and support PressForward’s multilingual integration into OpenEditions’s overall platform.
The partnership is being funded by the French Agence nationale de la Recherche’s Equipex program, which funds cutting-edge large-scale projects looking to integrate international teams and targeting an international audience. This award is especially noteworthy because it’s part of France’s much larger Investissments d’avenir (Investments for the Future) program which has allocated a staggering 35 billion euros for funding, 22 billion of which is reserved for higher education and research. The fact that this enormous pot of public funding is open to digital humanities projects (and really, those from any field) sharply distinguishes this program from the American model, where public funding is strictly siloed among NEH, NEA, NSF, NIH, etc., and where humanities budgets are comparatively tiny.