The digital humanities have always had at their core a spirit of collaboration and interdisciplinality. As a premier digital humanities center, Matrix is no different. Throughout our development as a center we have always embraced a spirit of collaboration and utilized a community-oriented model of operations that have given us the privilege of partnering with unique and vibrant organizations, institutions, and individuals who have helped shape and refine our identity. Currently, Matrix is continuing in this spirit of collaboration and community through three primary channels.
Matrix nurtures professional relationships with departments and units at Michigan State University
Matrix has a wealth of long-standing relationships with various departments and units at Michigan State University. The core leadership of Matrix hails from a wide assortment of departments within the university and is reflective of the interdisciplinary nature of Matrix's research and development process. Matrix also works closely with the MSU Museum, MSU Libraries, and MSU University Archives & Special Collections to complete projects aimed at digitizing, preserving, and making accessible cultural heritage materials.
Matrix creates and expands relationships outside of the university, with an international focus
In addition to our MSU-based partners, Matrix has cultivated relationships with a number of scholars, universities, and communities of practice across the nation and around the world. A number of Matrix's projects are international in focus— addressing the needs of local, national, and cross-cultural audiences. Matrix also enjoys bridging the scholarly and public-focused communities by partnering with both research-based and practice-based organizations to create archives and tools that answer the needs of multiple people groups. Although the role Matrix plays in these collaborations is diverse, what remains consistent is our commitment to interdisciplinary partnership, sustainable design, and best practices.
Matrix builds capacity within the digital humanities and digital cultural heritage communities
Finally, Matrix is committed to sustaining the future of the digital humanities and digital cultural heritage communities. Matrix actively builds capacity among the next generation of researchers and practitioners by engaging undergraduate and graduate students in the day-to-day operations of a premier digital humanities center. The student opportunities provided by Matrix are diverse and aimed at providing students with the tools and competencies they need to advance their professional field. By investing in these students now, Matrix is helping maintain and advance the future of the digital humanities and digital cultural heritage communities by producing young professionals with the skills and experiences necessary to enhance and animate future scholarship and practice.
Because of these past experiences and core values, Matrix is excited to keep building and maintaing collaborative relationships within the current (and future) digital humanities and digital cultural heritage communities. We invite you to become part of our team by partnering with us on a project or joining us as a Matrix associate.