Open Tool Award: Manifold Scholar

City University of New York
New York, NY, United States

Manifold is the result of a three-year long collaboration between two public universities and a digital development agency staffed with humanities scholars. Manifold is designed to provide a solid, robust publishing platform that is easy to install and use. And because it’s open source you can modify and adapt Manifold to your specifications, or develop additional features to meet your unique needs.

A Manifold project is iterative and expansive. A Manifold project begins with the author and their willingness to think beyond the normal confines of the traditional print strictures. Allowing for a much more expansive archive of primary sources, such as field notes, moving images, audio, interactive data and maps, photographs, interviews, and archival material, a Manifold project asks that an author think creatively about the broad set of materials that are collected in the process of researching and writing a book. A Manifold project can be iterative, showing how a book evolves in real time, drawing on the collective expertise of early readers to crystallize its core arguments. Early drafts of chapters, journal articles, and field notes can show, long before the finished book is published, the author’s arguments evolving and resonating with a community of readers.

Hi All – we’re so honored and delighted by this recognition and would love to talk about Manifold as an OER platform with anyone interested! FYI, we recently received a grant from the NEH that will allow us to create new OER-related features for Manifold.

Please check out some of the following Manifold instances and projects to see how institutions are using Manifold to publish OER materials for use by academic communities:

Manifold at CUNY
Manifold at the University of Washington
Manifold at Affordable Learning Georgia
Manifold at the University of Liverpool Press

Libros En Español - CUNY
The OER Starter Kit Workbook - CUNY
The Negro and the Nation - CUNY
Using Primary Sources - Liverpool
Introduction to Cartography - Affordable Learning Georgia

Manifold is free software. If you have questions or want to chat, please let us know!

This sounds like a great tool! I’d enjoy chatting on this topic during the conference next week. I think there could be synergies with the OpenSail Education product I’m currently working to build. In OpenSail Education, we are looking at providing supply chain tools for OER content - you can checkout our Convo & Collab discussion titled “OpenSail Education” here if you’re interested:

I’d be interested in discussing how these two systems could work together!