Social Media & Digital HPS

The Digital HPS consortium is incorporating social media to communicate their ongoing projects and findings. Through online platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, historians and philosophers can fulfill projects' missions such as outreach and communication. At the 2014 Digital HPS Consortium Meeting, September 1st to the 3rd, in Nancy, France, two graduate students presented on their experience and advice for using social media in HPS projects. These graduate students, Paige Madison and Steve Elliot, have gained experience in social media through project's including Arizona State University's Embryo Project.

At the meeting, Elliot and Madison also introduced their new social media handbook that details best practices for scholarly organizations to follow when they employ social media. The handbook grew from their experiences running the Embryo Project's social media platforms, such as twitter, The handbook is a digital and Open Access resource for anyone interested, and can be found at the website ( and in the resources section of the Digital HPS website. The handbook is titled "Social Media Handbook and Best Practices for the Embryo Project, the Digital HPS Consortium, and HPS Projects."

Madison and Elliot's talk was received with a number of questions and inquiries, and several digital HPS organizations are now hoping to include social media aspects to their projects. For more on their use of social media, check out . Many scholars within the Digital HPS consortium look forward to incorporating these evolving communication methods to further their project goals.