The results of the first History Commons survey (well, the first in two years) are in. Thanks to everyone who participated!
It was a very short, targeted survey about user participation. Here is the link to the results. (More equally short and targeted surveys are in the works, though we promise not to overwhelm you with survey after survey.)
As with all surveys, the responses prompt an entirely new array of questions
Future surveys may ask questions based on the results of this poll. Some of the ones that come to mind are:
- How can the History Commons attract more contributors?
- How can it expand its perception from “just” a historical site to one that covers more current information? One suggestion that came up in discussion among the admins was the creation of a “quick response team” of contributors to handle current or “breaking” events or issues.
- Are there timelines/projects that would attract more interest? What are some suggestions for new projects? We want to expand our coverage, and have a page of ideas for new and/or expanded projects.
We have a lot of good ideas about improving the user interface and the application, so we probably won’t be asking about that in the next couple of surveys. We’re more interested in finding ways to make these improvements happen (i.e. funding!).
Several comments focused on updating HC for social media and mobile platforms. We definitely, definitely need to focus on making HC more mobile-friendly; that’s part of improving the user interface. We’re not sure what this means: “History Commons might consider the ‘link’ metaphor/technology widely used in social media as a beginner’s level for those who want to take active part in it the first time.” If someone could expand on that idea, we’d love to hear it.
Any suggestions on showing off our credentials in a more effective way?
Making it Happen
As is the case with so many things, all of these improvements and expansions require financial and volunteer support. If you think History Commons is worth the effort, please consider making a financial donation, or (even better in some respects), please consider doing some writing, researching, and/or editing for the Commons.