Digital Medievalist has a working Board, meaning that members are expected to contribute actively to the day-to-day running of DM and its infrastructure. This is in part through active participation in regular (usually monthly) Board meetings, but also through a number of roles that require small but continual contributions throughout the year. The key posts are summarised below:
Responsible for guiding overall direction and strategic vision, in close collaboration with the rest of the Board. In practice the Director does most of the administrative work such as arranging Board meetings, setting the agenda, keeping minutes, and so on.
Assists the Director particularly in the more administrative roles but also should have some strategic vision. Deputises for the Director as necessary, e.g. arranging and running Board meetings if the Director is unavailable.
Responsible for running the journal, including overall strategy, driving the acquisition of new articles, and ensuring that the journal runs smoothly. Normally assisted by at least two Associate Editors.
Journal Associate Editors
Responsible for helping the Editor-In-Chief, particularly by taking responsibility for particular articles, ensuring their timely review, assessing their suitability for publication and other editorial decisions but also (previously) also including details such as doing the XML encoding and copy editing. More recently this encoding and copy-editing has been taken on by the ‘Journal Incubator’ in Lethbridge.
Responsible for arranging and maintaining DM’s presence at conferences through activities such as organising sponsored sessions or ‘meet and greets’. In theory there should normally be a ‘North American’ and a ‘European’ person, on the purely pragmatic basis that this means we can cover the main conferences more easily. The Representatives do not need to attend all conferences, but they should ideally be people who are often at the main conferences pretty regularly (e.g. either Leeds or Kalamazoo, at a minimum).
News Feed Admin
Responsible for the regular moderation of the news feed. That is, checking for any posts to the news feed, and approving or rejecting them as appropriate.
As for News Feed. The list is unmoderated, but new members need to be approved, and occasionally e-mails must be approved if they have certain spam-like characteristics.
Responsible for approving new member requests, ensuring contributions are reasonable and promoting the group’s use.
Responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of the website, including emptying out any spam and keeping static information up-to-date.
Responsible for any changes to the website, either implementing directly or coordinating and overseeing others. The point here is partly to ensure the transfer of knowledge, to avoid the situation whereby no one on the Board understands how the website works or has the skills to change it. Requires familiarity with XML/XSLT, SVN and (ideally) Cocoon.
Returning officers (election committee)
Responsible for the election to the Board. See Election Procedures for more details.
The current (2015/16) holders of these posts are the following:
|Role||Current Holder (2015/16)|
|Deputy Director||Dominique Stutzmann|
|Journal Editor-in-Chief||Franz Fischer|
|Journal Associate Editors||Dan O’Donnell, Greta Franzini, Els De Paermentier, Mike Kestemont|
|Conference Representatives||Emiliano Degl’Innocenti (EU), Lynn Ransom (US)|
|News Feed Administrator||Greta Franzini|
|DM-L Administrators||Georg Vogeler, Alberto Campagnolo, James Cummings|
|Facebook Admin||Els De Paermentier, Greta Franzini|
|WordPress website admin||Greta Franzini|
|Returning Officers||Alexey Lavrentev, Emiliano Degl’Innocenti (election 2016)|