Call for Proposals
Beyond Open: Implementing Social Scholarship
10 January 2018 | #INKEVictoria18
Hotel Grand Pacific, 463 Belleville St, Victoria, BC, Canada

Proposals Due: 2 October 2017
Registration link:

Researchers, universities, and funding agencies are becoming increasingly cognizant of the significance of open scholarship and are focusing on how to embrace and enact social contexts, roles, and activities. As the academy continues on its trajectory toward more open and more social practices—including active collaboration, community building, and knowledge mobilization—opportunities arise to create knowledge across traditional disciplinary and institutional boundaries, as well as with members of the broader public. The potential for an academy that fosters dynamic linkages, diverse communities, and public interaction is a call to action and implementation.

“Beyond Open: Implementing Social Scholarship” seeks to highlight activities that focus on the engagement and implementation of networked open social scholarship. Networked open social scholarship involves creating and disseminating research and research technologies to a broad, interdisciplinary audience of specialists and non-specialists in ways that are both accessible and significant. At “Beyond Open: Implementing Social Scholarship,” we will consider how to model networked open social scholarship practices and behaviour, as well as pursue the following leading questions: What approaches to the development of workflows, tools, systems, technologies, publishing apparatus, protocols, policies, and initiatives best foster and encourage openness? How do we promote, record, archive, and study the evolving processes of engaging with data? How can we leverage existing resources in libraries and cultural institutions across Canada to provide regular opportunities for mentorship and training in core networked open social scholarship areas?

We invite you to register for this event and join the discussion during our 5th annual INKE-hosted researcher and partner winter gathering in Victoria, BC. This gathering will provoke conversation and mobilize collaboration in and around digital scholarship, with an especial focus on:

  • community building and mobilization
  • shared initiatives and activities
  • electronic scholarly production
  • (open) access
  • partnership
  • dissemination
  • alternative modes and methods, including academic publishing practices
  • shifting from prototype to production
  • social knowledge creation
  • collaboration
  • available technologies and skills
  • social media
  • public humanities

We invite proposals for lightning papers that address these and other issues pertinent to research in the area, as well as proposals for relevant project demonstrations. Proposals should contain a title, an abstract (of approximately 250 words, plus list of works cited), and the names, affiliations, and website URLs of presenters. Longer papers for lightning talks will be solicited after proposal acceptance for circulation in advance of the gathering. We are pleased to welcome proposals in all languages of our community; note that the chief working language of past gatherings has been English. Please send proposals on or before October 2nd 2017 to Alyssa Arbuckle at

This action-oriented event is geared toward leaders and learners from all fields and arenas, including academic and non-academic researchers, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, librarians and archivists, publishers, members of scholarly and professional associations and consortia, open source practitioners and developers, industry liaisons, community groups, and other stakeholders. Taking the success of past years’ INKE-hosted gatherings in Whistler and Victoria as our starting point, we hope to simultaneously formalize connections across fields and open up different ways of thinking about the pragmatics and possibilities of digital scholarship.

Featured events include:

  • Featured talks by Donna Bourne-Tyson (CARL), Jason Ensor (U Western Sydney), Adam Hyde (CKF), Heather Joseph (SPARC), and Cameron Neylon (Force 11)
  • Lightning talks, where authors present 4-minute versions of longer papers
 circulated prior to the gathering, followed by a brief discussion (papers may be 
conceptual, theoretical, application-oriented, and more)
  • Show & Tell session, where presenters give digital demonstrations of their projects and / or prototypes
  • Next Steps conversation, to articulate in a structured setting what we will do together in the future

“Beyond Open: Implementing Social Scholarship” is sponsored by the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) research group and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. This gathering is organized by Ray Siemens, Alyssa Arbuckle, Jon Bath, Tanja Niemann, and Brian Owen working with our Whistler and Victoria Advisory Group: Clare Appavoo, Michael Eberle-Sinatra, Chad Gaffield, Janet Halliwell, Brian Owen, and Sally Wyatt. Please consider joining us in Victoria for what is sure to be a dynamic discussion!


  1. Jean-Claude Guédon
    August 14, 2017

    Interesting conference where OA will be prominent. Bravo!

    I would love to participate.

    For a recent publication of mine on this topic, croos my name with BOAI15. The paper is called: “Open Access- Toward the Internet of the Mind”. It was solicited by Heather Joseph, who, apparently, will participate to this meeting.


    J-C Guédon

    • Admin
      September 12, 2017

      Hello Jean-Claude,

      So sorry for the late response! We would be very pleased if you were able to join us in January in Victoria, and are about to post the registration link in the next day or so. Feel free to email Alyssa directly ( for more information, and we’ll be sure to check out your paper. It sounds directly relevant.



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