PressForward Workshops

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Interested in learning new ways to gather content from the open web and to share it with your students, colleagues, and scholarly communities? On October 18, the Berkeley Center for New Media and the University of California Davis Library will host two workshops on PressForward (http://pressforward.org/), a free, open-source WordPress tool that facilitates the easy collection, selection, discussion, and redistribution of content from the web. These workshops will introduce interested faculty, students, and staff to PressForward and help build a UC community to encourage and support the tool’s future use.

About PressForward


As the pace and volume of scholarly communication increases, teachers and researchers are confronted with the need to find and share relevant, current content with their students and colleagues. PressForward, developed by the Roy Rozensweig Center for History and New Media–the creators of Zotero (http://zotero.org) and Omeka (http://omeka.org/)—- improves your ability to find, curate, and share content from the web. By adding an RSS / Atom feed reader and editorial workflow directly into the WordPress dashboard, PressForward makes it easier for academic communities to develop edited collections of content. Available for download from the WordPress.org Directory, PressForward is designed to help you find, filter, and share open access resources among communities of learners and scholars.

PressForward is the technology supporting large-scale, community-edited publications such as Digital Humanities Now, dh+lib, PLOS Collections, and Microbe.net at UC Davis, as well as small-scale student publications such as Situating the Global Environment from Lewis and Clark College.



About the Workshops


In our introductory workshop, new users will participate in a hands-on introduction to PressForward. The workshop will cover accessing PressForward from the WordPress Dashboard, adding feeds, selecting content to review, and organizing and publishing curated content. Attendees will also explore the editorial practice of group curation, and consider how PressForward might be integrated into a range of projects inside and outside the classroom at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. There are no prerequisites to enroll, though some familiarity with WordPress would be useful.

In our “Communities and Trainers” workshop, participants with some experience using PressForward (including those who attended the Introduction to PressForward workshop and who wish to stay) will look at examples of PressForward’s use across a range of institutions, explore how to organize, activate, and train communities of users, and discuss their own current and future scholarly communication projects.

Register for a workshop below!

9 AM — 11 AM: Introductory Workshop
12 PM — 2 PM: Introductory Workshop
3 PM — 5 PM Communities and Trainers Workshop


NOTE: These will be “hands on” workshops. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops.

co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for New Media and the University of California Davis Library