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AGORA

e-platform for the Humanities at Hamburg University

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AGORA workgroup

E-learning and e-science in the Humanities, University of Hamburg

The AGORA workgroup covers research on proceedings, methods and techniques for webbased cooperative e-learning and e-science in the Humanities, with a special focus on languages, literature and media. The goal is to propel development and design of new webbased solutions and applications in this field. Furthermore, the AGORA workgroup spends effort in strategic development and propagation of e-learning and e-science in the Humanities as a whole.

As AGORA is a multi-purpose-platform with a wide range of capabilities, the AGORA workgroup follows an interdisciplinary approach and tries to address the needs of all kinds of users within the Humanities.

The workgroup also serves as a means to integrate Humanities e-learning and e-science efforts between projects and institions within Hamburg University as well as in a national and even international context. The AGORA workgroup is located at the Dept. for Languages, Literature and Media. However, one of the premier working goals is to foster webbased interdisciplinary work all over the Humanities.

As a formal successor to the former workgroups "elli" (e-learning) and "e-Port" (webbased collaboration in the Humanities), the AGORA workgroup takes over duties, responsibilities and members in other workgroups and continues the activities in a broader focus.

One primary goal is the conceptual and strategic long-term development of the project AGORA and its webbased groupware platform of the same name. At the moment, AGORA is realized through the CommSy platform, which is being developed and hosted at Hamburg university.

The conceptual design of AGORA builds upon the experience and expertise of the projects "Gst.Litwiss" and e-Port/NarrPort both in the field of e-learning and e-science. In close cooperation with Hamburg Digital Humanities (HDH) and the Center for Humanities in the Digital World (g-Dig), AGORA integrates a wide range of methodological and technical expertise and contributes actively to the goals of these workgroups of more general e-learning and e-science interest.