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One research topic for the new digital humanities has been the means of its own production, and of the production of academic discourse in general in the digital age. DH practitioners are in a good position to serve as subjects in their own experiments in publishing, and especially when it comes to exploring the relationship between print and digital forms. They’re often directly involved in digitization projects in which they scan books and other printed materials, edit files, add metadata, and design or repurpose CMSs for online publication and tools for comparing, editing, and studying digitized texts. And they’re involved in encoding texts in various formats and building applications for e-readers and mobile devices, as well as desktop computers. But even more importantly, many of them are rethinking the design and use of digital platforms for online scholarly communication and publication, ways to combine social networking and the sharing of research with peers and colleagues and some portion of a wider public. One minimal definition of DH has been the humanities done digitally, and DH has taken as one of its research questions: What might it mean for the humanities in general to publish on digital platforms?