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Challenge #1: Profiles (5/29-6/9)

27 replies, 24 voices Last updated by Caitlin Duffy 4 years, 12 months ago
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    • #14035

      Caitlin Duffy

      Welcome to your first challenge!

      Details and support can be found in our most recent blog post.

      Be on the look-out for an extra *advanced* profile challenge in the coming week.

      For now, use this space to share links to your profiles once you’ve completed the challenge. Not only will this let the world know that you’ve accomplished Challenge #1, but this will also allow you to celebrate and find inspiration from other campers’ profiles. Feel free to shout out profiles that you find particularly great!

    • #14039

      Kirsten Ashley Bussière

      Here is what I’ve done to my profile so far! I might make some more changes depending on how I’m feeling as the deadline approaches.

    • #14056

      Dana Gavin

      Here is my profile:

      Like Kirsten commented, I am open to making changes before the deadline, especially as I get to see others’ profiles and get inspired!

    • #14065

      Lisa L. Tyler

      Here’s my profile, although I expect I’ll keep tinkering with it as we go on:


    • #14068

      Leigh Bonds

      Like all of you, I expect to revise what I’ve done thus far as I’m inspired by others’ profiles:


    • #14071

      Sara Santos

      Hello! Click here for my updated profile! I’ve had one for some months, but I’ve updated the information on most sections – also, new profile pic!

      A couple of things that came to my mind while working on the profile were: 1) is my current picture “appropriate” for an academic profile? 2) is there a preferred length for the “about” section? In other words, how long is “too long”?

      • #14080

        Kate Koppy

        Like Sara Santos, I’ve debated what the profile picture and cover photo should be for a professional context. As a user, I appreciate the pictures that clearly show a face so I can connect the digital presence to a colleague I’ve seen at conferences, but I also appreciate the pictures that are more interesting than just a professional headshot.

        My profile is here:
        For this challenge, I added social media handles that I didn’t have when I first set this profile up, and I added academic interest tags.

        • This reply was modified 5 years ago by Kate Koppy.
    • #14072

      Mollie Freier

      Here’s what I have so far: I’ll probably tinker with it a bit more.

    • #14082

      Caitlin Duffy

      Wow, so far this first challenge is off to a great start! Thanks to all who’ve shared their profiles so far- they look stellar!

      I’m also excited to see that some questions are being raised and discussions are starting regarding the profile page (thanks, Sara and Kate!).

      The question regarding how to determine what qualifies as an ‘appropriate’ profile and/or cover photo can be really helpful to discuss. Your choice of photo can really depend upon a number of different factors, including your personality, discipline, and goals.

      I’m interested to hear how members of the group chose their photos. Did you ever receive any advice on selecting an appropriate photo for professional platforms online? Do you have any strategies on how to get a good photo?

      To answer my own question, I had a friend who is an amateur photograph take my picture in a local library. for my profile photo. I chose an autumnal forest for my cover photo to reflect my interest in ecogothic (ecocritical + gothic) literature.

      I look forward to hearing the tips and strategies of the group and seeing more profiles!

      As far as the length of your “About” section is concerned, it’s really up to personal preference. I’d recommend to make it  approximately one paragraph, but again, there are no hard and fast rules here. It might be good to keep it succinct (especially if you’re making use of the other areas of the profile), but I’ve seen longer well-written “About” sections that still work well.

      • #14125

        Dana Gavin


        My profile picture was the clearest photo I could find that had been taken in the last 10 years. 😀

        My cover photo is a picture I took in the British Museum several years ago, and it’s relevant to my Victorian/British studies research. I use these two pictures across all of my social media platforms as well as my website.

        I’d like to get another head shot, but right now, I’m just aiming for consistency.

    • #14102

      Jeannette Vaught

      Hello!  After a few passes through it, here’s my profile so far:

      I had one, but it needed a tone and content overhaul.  Great suggestions from the challenge and excellent examples from the group helped quite a bit!

      As for photos, I had headshots done by a photography student friend a while back and I use them *all the time*!  It was a great investment- I recommend it.

    • #14104


      Have updated my profile, too:

      Haven’t yet written up an ‘about me’ but will hopefully get to this in the next few days!

    • #14116

      Mariana Strassacapa Ou


      I had some information on my profile already, but wanted to add more.

      I’ve added:
      my CV (love the feature; great for juniors like me!),
      an About (kept it brief, and added a personal tone),
      Education (very easy to do, copy+paste from CV, really),
      Cover image (I had a profile photo already, which people who know me think ‘it’s very me’; for the cover image I’ve added a photo of me digitising a poster–my job at the moment–of Lenin, reflecting my interests in archive, history, Socialism etc.)
      Upcoming talks (was happy to have something to add here!)

      I’m looking now at adding Projects, not very sure about format and what information to add.

      Thanks! Well done, everyone!

    • #14132

      Natalie Berkman

      Hello all!

      I just finished updating my profile and boy, did it feel good to say that I recently completed my Ph.D.! That said, since I’m in a transitional period right now, I was a bit unsure of what to list as my academic affiliation and addresses/email addresses on my CV and on the site, but soon I will have new official ones for my job in Paris, so I will just have to remember to update this again in July.

      Here is the link:

      Have a great weekend, everybody!


    • #14181

      Nina Lager Vestberg

      I’ve tweaked my “About” section a little bit to give it more of a human face (or at least tone), and added some upcoming events. I also added an interest and changed by cover image to something more identifiably “archival”. I may not have time to do more for this particular challenge by 9 June, but look forward to the next one!

      Here I am:

    • #14182

      Scott Banville

      Hi All,

      Here’s my profile. Like many of us, I’ll probably add a few things between now and the deadline, especially the “about me” section.

      And I’ll have to find a better head shot for the profile image than the one have right now.


    • #14198

      Marissa K. López

      It’s a work in progress, but:

    • #14200

      Catherine Winters

      Made a few updates to include more information, though this also made me realize that there is more I should do. Here is the update thus far:

    • #14260

      Katharine G. Trostel


      It has been so helpful to see how everyone is approaching this challenge & to learn from your examples.

      Thanks to each of you for sharing.

      I took some time this evening to explore the ORCID ID, too, which was something I hadn’t heard about before the mini-challenge.

      Here is a link to my profile:

      Looking forward to learning more!

    • #14306

      Joelle Mann

      Hi all,

      Glad I made it just in time to finish the first challenge! I made some changes to my profile. I could use a new profile pic. but since I’ve been staring at a computer screen all day for the class I’m teaching online, this probably isn’t my best photo moment.
      It’s been fun seeing all of your profiles. Mine is here!

      Happy Weekend!

    • #14309

      Eliseo Jacob

      Hi everyone!

      I’m excited to participate in this years HC summer camp.  My profile is still a work in progress, but here it is:

      Have a good weekend!

    • #14324

      J. Caity Swanson

      Hi All! Here’s my profile so far: Reading the past comments on profile pics, I realized mine is a little fuzzy. Hopefully, I can get a better/clearer picture before the summer camp is over.

    • #14325

      Sarah Kiewitz

      Hello All,

      I think this is about as done as it will get before we leave for travels this week:

      I’ll be in Germany soon working on some bits of German translation of works I need for a project, and I’ll also be on vacation : ), but I hope to be able to complete more of the profile through challenges in the coming weeks!

      Doing this, I realized I have no good head shots of my now blond hair : ), so this will have to do.

      Enjoy the weekend!

      –Sarah Kiewitz

    • #14330

      Marissa K. López

      About photos, our department brought somebody in to take head shots of faculty and grad students when we updated our web site last year.  This was optional, and I was surprised that more people didn’t do it … well, not really surprised about faculty, but the grad students?  Come on!  They were practically born on the internet but still have a hard time wrapping their heads around their “online presence.”

      Anyway, that’s an option, if you can convince your department to do it.  Also, our Career Center offers periodic “Linked In Photo Booths” at their events, where staff will take pictures for grad students.  Before we got the head shots my professional pic was from a Linked In booth I popped into, even though it’s been a long time since I was a grad student.

      Just two ideas, for those of you with energy to effect a photographic change for the common good.

      For my cover photo, well, that’s a no brainer: I do love UCLA.  And marching bands.  Go, Bruins!

    • #14331

      Linda Levitt

      I’m still working on my profile and need to write the “About” and attach a CV. It’s satisfying to create a space that better represents me than what was there before. I’m here:

    • #14366

      Andrew Carroll

      So I’m late to the game since I was camping last week but here is my profile. I am glad I did it, I realized some of my conference presentations and other things I’ve done left off my CV

    • #14409

      Charlie Gleek

      Hi all. I’ve updated my profile here. I too struggle with considering what sort of photo (professionally-staged vs. one that doesn’t look ‘too’ academic) to include in public profiles. Thankfully, ORCID has no option for a profile photo. I went with the latter for my HC profile, as I think photos of me in the lab or the classroom come off a little too stuffy(?).

      I’m also curious; does HC allow users to track stats/traffic to their profiles? I know we can on our WordPress sites, but I wonder if there’s a way to see this data on the HC side. Having this could help to incentivize us to keep our profiles- another version of our cv– up to date during semesters. How do other folks work with maintaining multiple public profiles?


    • #14423

      Caitlin Duffy

      @CGleek Humanities Commons doesn’t currently offer stats on profiles at the moment because the team is trying to be thoughtful about what they implement. That being said, they do plan to have some metrics around CORE deposits emailed periodically.

      The HC team is very open to hearing users’ thoughts. If you have ideas about what metrics would be useful, email them at or share your thoughts in the Feedback and Feature Requests group.

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