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By Josh Mann
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Expositus.org helps humans learn about the humanities. 

Humans need the humanities--subjects like history, literature, religion, and philosophy that are at the heart of culture, the soul of human existence.

With a platform for discussion and resources designed for both scholar and learner, Expositus prospers a community that, together, can help advance and share our knowledge of the humanities.

You can see the live concept at Expositus.org.

A WordPress Network

Expositus makes it simple for humanities scholars (from postgrads to senior scholars) to share their stuff with the world by handing them the keys to their very own beautifully designed blogs at no cost.

We worry about code, SEO, and all of the other technical details so authors can focus on sharing their expertise with the world. We support scholars in the task of expressing their research in interesting and meaningful ways. (More)

Funds raised from this campaign will enable us to finish our site development and design and move from our 'vanilla' VPS server to a scalable serving solution that we will customize for speed and utility for a growing network of blogs.

Tools and Resources

Expositus is working on web tools that make life easier for the community, like a search engine that collates the best databases for research. Find a concept-demo here.

reSearch Engine
reSearch Engine

We will also be producing a bi-monthly podcast, high quality video 'shorts', and a library of tutorials relevant to both the scholar and layperson (a list of tutorials 'in the works'). Many of the tutorials will only be available to Expositus bloggers and subscribers, but all will be available to donors at the 'member' level or higher ($55).

This campaign will help provide the funds we need to begin production of the podcast, videos, and tutorials. Many of the rewards involve early and complete access to these resources.

Funding Goal(s)

We’ve set a goal for $10K, a basic 6 month runway to be self-sustaining. These funds cover site development and design, hosting costs, and production equipment for the podcast and videos.

We also have specific plans for any funds raised beyond our goal, and when we reach our goal, we will get more specific. Here's an overview:

Timeline

Here's what our implementation plan looks like:

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*The first 45 donors to give $100 will receive a premium two-year membership, renewable at no cost at end of year two, and beta access to pre-release site design concepts, beta versions of resources, tutorials, and tools, and downloads of first four podcasts pre-release.*

Risks and challenges

Once funded, we will begin a site redesign and resource development, and the site will relaunch on a new server configuration. We have prepared for the inevitable bugs and glitches by budgeting for quality, experienced experts to handle the specific tasks of server configuration and migration. And we back things up. All the time.

The current live demo of Expositus.org demonstrates that our team can handle the web development and design end of things, as well as WordPress network administration. Since we have a base design already, we are taking a 'design-as-we-go' approach so that we can have the site up-and-growing while we tweak the aesthetics.

As far as the podcast and video production, we simply need a few more 'tools'--which this campaign will enable us to get--and we're set. We already have professional a/v editing software, a DSLR, and about half of the audio equipment we need, along with the experience to use them well. We have budgeted for an additional DSLR lens, a handful of microphones (a few for diff. applications), and a mixer. We are also narrowing down potential services for hosting our podcast audio.

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    Thank you!--email updates AND "In the Know" monthly newsletter, a digest of the latest and greatest in the humanities around the world.

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    All of the Above PLUS FREE ebook, Leveraging Social Media (How-to for getting the most out blogs, twitter, FB, etc., as a professional).

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    All of above PLUS mp3s of first four podcasts pre-release PLUS one year membership with access to all premium tools and resources. Name and link (if desired) on contributors page.

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    Philanthropist. Gives the donor the opportunity to name the first Expositus humanities scholarship as they wish (must be approved, but one’s own name or business name should be acceptable).

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Funding period

- (26 days)