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The Digital Presence and Public Scholarship Initiative (DPPSI) provides people from across MSU with server space and website capabilities to take charge of their online presence. With a Reclaim Hosting account, you can create a professional portfolio site using WordPress, a website for a collaborative project you are involved in, or a digital archive or book. Or all three. We provide you with the space and human support via training, an optional fellowship program, and on-demand appointments, and you have the freedom to create and share your work with the world.

Begun in 2015-16, DPPSI supports faculty, staff, specialists, and graduate students from across Michigan State University. It is a university-wide endeavor, led by the College of Arts and Letters, bringing together a growing number of partnerships, including with the College of Natural Sciences, College of Education, the Hub, Academic Advancement Network, Communication and Brand Strategy, and University Outreach and Engagement.

How do I get started?

To request an account, email us at!

For help, check out the FAQ page for details or send us an email.

Consider joining the Digital Fellows, an 8-week long program dedicated to helping your understand and develop your online presence.

What does it cost?

It’s free!

We provide you with a no-cost subdomain (

Custom domain names ( can be purchased for around $12-15/year.

What can I create?

Create a professional portfolio website using WordPress.

Build an interactive digital book using Scalar.

Develop a digital archive with exhibits, maps, and more using Omeka.

And more!

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