Building Digital Communities in the Humanities and Social Sciences: DHSI

An Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) Partnership and Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) Event

Building Digital Communities in the Humanities and Social Sciences will provide academic researchers, information professionals, administrators, students, and members of the interested public with the opportunity to explore how digital research commons can transform scholarly communication, publication, and collaboration.

Featured speakers in this event series—including at our Building Digital Communities: Congress event on May 27-28—will discuss related issues, such as how digital research commons and research infrastructure more generally can help advance open, social scholarship in ways that speak to the needs of our communities.

Participants will also gain hands-on experience and training on the not-for-profit, academic-run Canadian Humanities and Social Sciences Commons ( This digital research commons is a hub for open social scholarship, combining elements of social network sites, tools and platforms for collaboration, and institutional repositories to serve the linguistically, geographically, and culturally diverse community of HSS researchers in Canada and beyond.

Event Schedule – June 7, 2023
(University of Victoria, Victoria, BC):

Activity Speaker/Session Leader Time (PDT)
1. Welcome / Introduction to the Commons Ray Siemens, Alyssa Arbuckle, and Graham Jensen (U Victoria) 4:00pm-4:15pm
Featured Speaker Constance Crompton (U Ottawa); chaired by Jon Bath (U Saskatchewan) 4:15pm-5:00pm
2. Using the Commons: Community-Building Workshop Graham Jensen (U Victoria) (Pre-recorded and shared in advance)
3. Drop-in onboarding sessions with DHSI participants Graham Jensen and other members of the Canadian HSS Commons team Various times throughout DHSI