H-Net: Preserving and Improving Access to Specialized Electronic Mailing List Archives
H-Net, an international consortium of teachers and scholars, maintains the largest and oldest online collection of born-digital, contemporaneously generated, and content-moderated arts, humanities and social science material on the Internet. H-Net sponsors more than 160 free, electronic interactive lists on teaching and research subjects in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. H-Net, a 501c(3) nonprofit corporation, is a large scholarly society organized according to thematic networks -- online communities overseen by editors and boards of field experts. The H-Net collection of more than one million e-mail messages extends back to the organization’s birth as a small cluster of electronic discussion lists in 1993.
MATRIX, which serves as the technological hub for H-Net, is devoted to the research and application of new technologies in humanities and social science teaching and research. With a staff of over thirty (20 FTEs), MATRIX creates and maintains online resources, provides training in computing and new teaching technologies, and creates forums for the exchange of ideas and expertise. Focusing on the convergence of the humanities, social sciences and computer science, the Center’s defined goals are to broaden preservation and access to cultural heritage resources, transform teaching and learning, and advance professional networking within and across disciplines.
MSU, the first land-grant institution and one of the largest public research universities in the United States, has made a serious commitment to information technology as a modern extension of its original mission of balancing teaching, research and outreach. MSU has been a leader in developing Internet II and Michigan LambdaRail and is dedicated to providing the infrastructure and resources necessary to make online material available for teaching, research and outreach for the long term.
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at Michigan State University, a unit within the College of Engineering, is home to nine research laboratories. Many faculty are involved in fruitful interdisciplinary research projects, including strong ties with humanities computing through MATRIX.