Mission Statement

H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online transforms a vision into an organization. The vision is of creating and enhancing international, electronic communication within communities of scholars, teachers, advanced students, and related professionals and of facilitating the electronic transmission of information by those committed to research, teaching, learning, public outreach, and professional service in the humanities and social sciences. To realize this vision, scholars, teachers, advanced students, and related professionals have created electronic networks and resources dedicated to advancing research, teaching, learning, public outreach, and professional service within their own specialized areas of knowledge.

H-Net builds on the work of those communities of dedicated scholars, teachers, advanced students, and professionals to provide a dynamic array of technical and organizational services. H- Net not only serves existing networks but also encourages the development of new networks, whether through the initiative of scholars, teachers, advanced students, and professionals who come to H-Net to seek assistance or through the initiative of H-Net in identifying unserved and underserved communities of scholarly, pedagogical, and professional interest. Because of the constantly changing and evolving nature both of the technology on which H- NET is based and of scholarly, pedagogical, and professional communities of interest, the technical and organizational structure of H-Net will itself change and evolve. Within this process of growth and change, however, the vision shall remain constant:

  1. To enable scholars, teachers, advanced students, and related professionals to form electronic communities within which they may easily communicate regarding their scholarly, pedagogical, and professional interests;
  2. To facilitate the rapid diffusion of new technologies and new electronic sources of information to scholars, teachers, advanced students, and professionals in the humanities and social sciences;
  3. To enhance the ability of scholars, teachers, advanced students, and professionals to test new ideas and share comments on new developments within their own fields and across disciplinary boundaries;
  4. And to introduce scholars, teachers, advanced students, and professionals to the vast range of resources that advances in computing and electronic communication have made available and will make available for research, teaching, learning, public outreach, and service.

Just as the vision of H-Net shall remain constant in the midst of technological and organizational evolution, so too shall H-Net's commitment to a set of organizational principles:

  1. H-Net shall seek to transcend national, cultural, linguistic, and disciplinary boundaries and shall always be open to scholars, teachers, advanced students, and professionals in the humanities and social sciences regardless of class, gender, race, or nationality;
  2. H-Net shall promote and maintain high scholarly, pedagogical, and professional standards among the communities of scholars, teachers, advanced students, and professionals who participate in H-Net;
  3. H-Net shall be a pluralistic organization governed by democratic processes, based on a democratically elected structure for decision-making, and decisions shall always be based upon widespread and collegial consultation.