Co-ops are wonderful, communal efforts – sometimes they have physical spaces and those are very special places in my opinion. Historically they’ve arisen from common needs and a willingness to share resources. As social, economic, and labor structures, co-ops foreground certain kinds of ethical commitments: they are voluntary and open to all, they are democratically run, and they benefit the community. Co-ops are about equity – equity in resources, efforts, and outcomes. Co-ops are communal expressions of solidarity and they seek to elevate the work, expertise, and needs of the entire community.
Co-ops resist pervasive systems of exploitation and extraction. There’s no such thing as lone wolf cooperative.
Perhaps, like me, you’ve worked at one, been a member of one, or shopped at one. Now you can do creative and analytic research at one…Nexus Digital Research Co-op. Nexus has been a leading effort on the ASU campus to transform research and teaching in the humanities and this next iteration continues and extends that tradition.
We are looking forward to the opening of the new Nexus space in the Institute for Humanities Research’s new home in Ross-Blakely Hall. I hope and we are working hard to ensure that the new Nexus space will be one of those special co-op spaces that welcomes all (look for our open house September 27th). We’ve been hard at work over the summer conceptualizing what it might mean to create and launch a digital research co-op (keep reading for more), but we wanted to share this new iteration as we join our colleagues and students in the start of the Fall 2017 term here at ASU. We look forward to seeing what we can create together. You can find out more as the semester shapes up on our newly designed Nexus webpage.
What is a Digital Research Co-op?
Nexus is a voluntary association of researchers at all levels who are interested in doing digital research (method) or research on the digital (subject). Nexus is also a physical space and set of communal resources located with the Institute for Humanities Research.
Here’s how it works:
Join us as we create and maintain a sustainable communal structure for digital research and resource sharing that promotes community development, values collaborative research and creative work, and emphasizes mutual care and distributed expertise.
- the ability to bring research projects and ideas to the Nexus community for development, advancement, testing, or completion
- access to the equipment, physical space, and expertise of Nexus (including computing resources, imaging technology, wearable and desktop fabrication tools, design resources, various e-textiles, and more!)
- a voice in determining future projects and resource needs
- bylines and publication credits for those who contribute substantial work to a single project
- letters for job, tenure, and other review processes outlining work done in the co-op
- 36 hours of work per year to the co-op (e.g. grant and project scoping, co-authoring funding requests, writing up research outcomes, creating methods, artwork, or tools, conducting primary or secondary research, contributing area expertise, or offering editorial work)
- resource provisioning in successful grant applications, to be determined by the project leads in coordination with Nexus staff
Researchers and makers of all kinds are welcome as members, including students, community members, staff, and faculty. The particular research and creative work done within Nexus depends on co-op members, but all work will either have a digital methodological or topical component. Visit nexuslab.org or email Jacqueline (dot) Wernimont (at) asu.edu for more information.
see you all soon!