Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) is a collaborative group of researchers and graduate research assistants working with other organizations and partners to explore the digital humanities, electronic scholarly communication, and the affordances of electronic text.
Funded by the SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiatives Program, INKE has been described as an interdisciplinary initiative spawned in the methodological commons of the digital humanities that seeks to understand the future of reading and the book through a historical perspective. For this essential work, INKE brings together researchers and stakeholders at the forefront of computing in the humanities, text analysis, information studies, usability and interface design into a network comprised of those who are best-poised to understand the nature of the human record as it intersects with the computer. Presently, INKE boasts two key, interrelated research groupings: Modelling and Prototyping and Interface Design.
INKE began in 2004-2005 as HCI-Book: Human-Computer Interface and the Electronic Book, a Strategic Research Cluster supported by SSHRC shortly thereafter. INKE is directed by Ray Siemens (U Victoria) and its work in 2014-2015 is led by Siemens, Stan Ruecker (IIT Institute of Design), Lynne Siemens (U Victoria), Jon Bath (U Saskatchewan), and Jon Saklofske (Acadia U); past leaders have also included Richard Cunningham (Acadia U), Teresa Dobson (U British Columbia), Alan Galey (U Toronto), and Claire Warwick (University College, London). The project is funded by a $2.5 million, 7-year Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI) grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), plus an additional $10.4 million in contributions from institutional and research partners. The international INKE Research Group consists of 35 researchers across 20 institutions and 21 partner agencies, with work involving some 19 postdoctoral research fellows and 53 graduate research assistants over the life of the project.
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