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Manifold Digital Services Spotlight: Fembot Collective

This week we find our digital projects editor with the managing members of the Fembot Collective, led by Radhika Gajjala at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Getting ready to start the @ManifoldScholar day here at Bowling Green with @FembotColl. The School of Media Communications building is amazing!

— Terence Smyre (@tremayning) September 9, 2019

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Manifold Digital Services Spotlight: Gallaudet University Press

In this installment of Travels with Terence, we find our resident digital projects editor still in Washington, DC, turning his attention from George Washington University eastward to the Gallaudet University Press. The Gallaudet University Press, whose advocacy for the deaf community aligns with Manifold’s commitment to supporting scholarship across forms and modes of communication, was prepped and ready for Terence’s visit: Deirdre Mullervy, GUP’s managing editor, had already loaded four projects of their projects into the system prior to his arrival (and secured some of the yummiest banana bread around)!

Great @ManifoldScholar morning here at @GallaudetPress! Getting ready to pick up after lunch, diving into project creation and a plate of banana bread.

— Terence Smyre (@tremayning) August 29, 2019

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Manifold Digital Services Spotlight: George Washington University

Welcome to a new season of the Travels with Terence series! We pick up following our digital projects editor as he tours the country, conducting in-person training for the Manifold pilot program.

Terence kicked off the trainings for the second-round pilots in Washington, DC, at the Masters of Professional Studies in Publishing, College of Professional Studies, George Washington University, headed up by John Warren. The program prepares people for careers at the forefront of the profession, training students in hybrid technologies of print and digital publishing. With their ongoing professional training in the midst of the rapid economic and technological changes to production, distribution, and consumption of texts, the GW program brings a different perspective to Manifold.

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Manifold Digital Services Pilot 2019–20

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (June 6, 2019)—The Manifold team is pleased to announce the selection of the following ten organizations to participate in the second year of the Manifold Digital Services pilot program:

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Manifold Version 3.0 Overview

The Manifold team is delighted to announce the release of Manifold version 3.0. The hallmark feature for this release is the addition of project content blocks, which provides editors the ability to customize the content that appears on project landing pages.

Major Features#

Project Content Blocks#

With version 3.0, editors can now pick which blocks of content—texts, metadata, resources, markdown, metadata, activity—they want to appear on project pages, and the order in which they should appear. These blocks are configurable on a per project basis and expand the range of project types that Manifold can easily support. When users create projects, they are offered a series of choices that will scaffold the project blocks based on their answers.

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Manifold Digital Services Pilot Spotlight: Concordia University Press

This is part 11 of the Travels with Terence series, following our digital projects editor on his pilot press in-person training program.

Last week Terence was in Montreal, Quebec, meeting with the three-person staff of Concordia University Press, which was established in 2016 and will this fall publish its first books.

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Manifold Digital Services Spotlight: University of Washington Press

This is part 10 of the Travels with Terence series, following our digital projects editor on his pilot press in-person training program. Last week Terence was in Seattle, Washington, meeting with groups from the University of Washington Press and Libraries. Due to Washington’s interest in Manifold as a tool for Open Educational Resources (OER), and more generally for classroom use, Terence was joined by Krystyna Michael, Open Educational Technologist at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

The University of Washington team, spearheaded by Beth Fuget at the press and Elliott Stevens, Verletta Kern, and Liz Bedford from the library side, welcomed Terence and Krystyna for a few days of meetings.

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Manifold Digital Services Spotlight: Reanimate Publishing

This is part 9 of the Travels with Terence series, following our digital projects editor on his pilot press in-person training program. This March brought Terence to Salem, Massachusetts, to meet with Reanimate Publishing. Reanimate is co-directed by Roopika Risam, Assistant Professor of English and Faculty Fellow for Digital Library Initiatives, Salem State University and Carol Stabile, Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives and Professor of Women and Gender Studies, University of Oregon.

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Manifold Digital Services Spotlight: Liverpool University Press

This is part 8 of the Travels with Terence series, following our digital projects editor on his pilot press in-person training program. In one of his first dispatches from Liverpool, Terence noted to the team back home:

the energy at the press is incredible and catching. All the more because so many of the staff have traveled from afar—Oxford, Dublin, and even as far away as Poland!—to be a part of the sessions. The more we delve into what Manifold can do the more everyone is looking to push what we've built in ways we haven't yet considered.

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Manifold Digital Services Spotlight: The University of the West Indies Press

This is part 7 of the Travels with Terence series, following our digital projects editor on his pilot press in-person training program. Last week Terence was ensconced at home in Minneapolis at the heart of the polar vortex, learning first hand what a wind chill of fifty below felt like. This week he fled journeyed to Kingston, Jamaica to meet with the good folks from the University of the West Indies Press, where the Manifold program is being led by the press's management team: Joseph B. Powell, General Manager; Nadine Buckland, Finance Manager; and Donna Muirhead, Marketing and Sales Manager.