The Platform for Experimental, Collaborative Ethnography (PECE) is a Free and Open Source (Drupal-based) digital platform that supports multi-sited, cross-scale ethnographic and historical research. PECE provides a place to archive and share primary data, facilitates analytic collaboration, and encourages experimentation with diverse modes of publication. The platform encourages humanities scholars to experiment with digitally-mediated, interdisciplinary collaboration, provides opportunities to involve students and practitioners in humanities research as it progresses, and quickens the public availability of humanities research in an open access form. PECE also enables experimentation with new forms of peer review for humanities research, and functions as a portal to a suite of open source tools useful for humanities research, including tools developed in data science for other scientific communities.

At its core, PECE is an experimental system. PECE’s design is both theoretically inflected and ethnographically grounded: platform design has been oriented by “design logics” drawn from cultural, social, and language theories. We intend for the system to be as user-friendly as possible, but also acknowledge that conventional modes of knowledge organization tend to overdetermine the structure and meaning of knowledge, history, and culture. The way we have deliberately chosen to organize content in PECE may feel unfamiliar and disorienting to some, but we hope that in choosing to use PECE, you are as excited as we are to engage in this experiment.

Overview of this Documentation

In User's Guide, you will find documentation on how to use PECE, including many frequently asked questions and helpful resources.

In Site Admin's Guide, you will find documentation for site administrator's regarding the configuration of the site theme, user registrations approvals, and the customization of front page material.

In System Admin's Guide, you will find documentation for system administrator's regarding the installation of PECE and the configuration of PECE's backend.

In Resources, you will find links to many useful documents such as PECE licensing, terms of service templates, governance guides, and contributed style guides.

Stay Connected

Find a downloadable distribution of the PECE software at our Github repo.

Stay connected with other PECE users by joining our Slack Channel.

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Reporting Bugs and Requesting Features

Please check our our GitHub issue page to see if the request has already been made.

Bugs and requests can be reported to here. The progress of your request can be tracked on our GitHub issue page.

PECE Governance and Contacts

For PECE as a research project, please contact Kim Fortun and Mike Fortun.

For PECE installation, please contact Brian Callahan.

For PECE architecture and usability, please contact Lindsay Poirier.

For account registration, please contact site administrator:

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