As part of my three-month internship at the DH Commons in 2020, I worked on both the DH Commons and the Digital Humanities webpages in close collaboration with Laura Ulens (my fellow intern) and Merisa Martinez, our supervisor and the founder of the Commons. We started from scratch, with a limited team, no physical space, no budget and no reputation to fall back on. Additionally, the Covid-19 pandemic threw us a curve ball, and led to us having to to coordinate all our activities using Skype and Skype for Business. We figured that a good place to start would be to build a web presence for the DH Commons. Both Laura and I collected a corpus of five digital scholarship organizations’ websites, and analyzed them with the aim of making our website fit into the Digital Scholarship Organizations’ online landscape. While Laura had a look at the scholarly communication models used across these websites, I focused on how these organizations posted their (collaborative) DH projects online.
I started my internship at the DH Commons in spring 2020 when the DH Commons web presence was not yet fully configured. Together with the other inaugural DH Commons fellow Tess Dejaeghere, I helped the Keeper of the Commons, Merisa Martinez, to set up this web presence. Tess and I were both writing our theses linked to this internship and were doing corpus research of Digital Humanities Centre (DHC) websites so we could make recommendations for the Commons based on our research. While Tess focussed on how these DHCs highlighted their DH projects online, I studied why DHC blogs should be considered as valid forms of scholarly communication. I also suggested we should create such a blog for the Commons, and this is how the DH Commons blog was born.