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Über das Environment & Society Portal. Eine Zusammenfassung auf Deutsch.

The Environment & Society Portal (environmentandsociety.org) is the Rachel Carson Center’s open access digital archive and publication platform. In addition to its two peer-reviewed born digital publications (Arcadia and Virtual Exhibitions), the Portal curates a variety of scholarly and popular materials on the relationship between nature and society. Users can explore this content via traditional searching and browsing, or experiment with the Portal’s three discovery tools (map, timeline, and keyword explorer) to find spatially, temporally, and thematically related results.

Our logo, designed to evoke a tree ring, represents human participation in, engagement with, and understanding of the natural environment.

The Portal has had international impact: since its launch in 2012, it has reached more than 200,000 unique users in 210 countries and territories. The entire Portal is archived twice per year by the Bavarian State Library, which also catalogues its born-digital publications.  In 2015 we look forward to new collaborations. Thanks to a generous grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, we are working with the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University to aggregate and publish online environmental content through PressForward to our affiliated blog Ant Spider Bee.

Each of the Portal's five features serves a different educational or research function:

Arcadia: Explorations in Environmental History publishes short, peer-reviewed, born digital stories about sites, events, persons, organizations, or species as they relate to nature and society. It includes edited collections on water histories, global environmental movements, and national parks and conservation. A partnership with the European Society for Environmental History and the Rachel Carson Center, Arcadia aims to promote visibility and connections in global environmental history and related fields. To learn how to contribute, view our author guidelines or contact us at arcadia[at]carsoncenter.lmu.de.

The Portal’s peer-reviewed Virtual Exhibitions curate digital objects within interpretive contexts emerging from the research foci of the Rachel Carson Center. Recently published projects include “The City’s Currents: A History of Water in Twentieth-Century Bogotá” by alumna Carson Fellow Stefania Gallini and her colleagues, and, in collaboration with the Deutsches Museum, Nina Möllers’s online companion to the exhibition “Welcome to the Anthropocene: The Earth in Our Hands.” Current and alumni RCC fellows are invited to propose ideas for future projects.

The Multimedia Library, the Portal’s open access digital archive, is a trove of scholarly and popular environmental materials curated by RCC staff, fellows, associates, and partners. These range from early modern broadsheets to Anthropocene Milestones comic strips; from scholarly journals like Environment and History to the radical periodical Earth First! Current and alumni RCC fellows are invited to guest curate thematic collections.

Places & Events are illustrated summaries of environmentally significant sites and events that can be plotted and browsed on the Portal’s map and timeline.  A 2014 pilot project engaged students around the world in class projects to research, write, and fact-check texts; development of this project is on hold while we publish the incoming contributions and evaluate its future direction.

RCC Perspectives is the Rachel Carson Center's online journal, fully indexed on the Portal. It publishes provocative, less formal pieces related to the RCC's environment and society research themes.

The Environment & Society Portal is created and maintained by a small team at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society with generous engagement from its fellows, doctoral candidates, students, interns, and broader community. The Rachel Carson Center is a nonprofit center and joint initiative of the LMU Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) and the Deutsches Museum. The Rachel Carson Center is generously funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research.

You can reach us at portal[at]carsoncenter.lmu.de. We look forward to hearing from you.

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