The collaboratively authored Living Handbook of Temporal Communities (LHTC) fosters the Cluster's local and global community through an evolving, digitally based communication and publication platform. Designed to be adapted and augmented over time, the LHTC will play several crucial roles over the course of its development as it progresses from a non-public working environment into a fully-fledged open access publication.
From the outset, a common framework of reference will evolve from concise entries on the core ideas, the terminology, the methodology and the theory behind the Cluster's research. The LHTC will provide the collaborative work at the Cluster with conceptual coherence while also proving a source of inspiration to the many Visiting Fellows and Participating Researchers who will join the Cluster over the years. Gradually, the LHTC will accumulate contributions authored by Cluster members, both individually and collaboratively. As the LHTC broadens and deepens its scope, it will begin to present the Cluster's key concepts and an increasing number of case studies to a wider public. The LHTC thus seeks to both produce and document the dynamic processes by which the Cluster expands and networks its discourses.
Jointly with the Editorial Board, the Research Area 5, "Building Digital Communities", conceives and implements the LHTC's editorial and peer review processes and coordinates its technical development with the Open Encyclopedia System (OES). Building upon this open source software framework developed under the aegis of the Center for Digital Systems (CeDiS) at Freie Universität Berlin, the LHTC will benefit from the expertise of other OES Application Partners while contributing to the further evolution of the platform both technically and conceptually.