Creative Approaches to Open Social Scholarship: Australasia
November 28-29 2023
University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW
Proposals Due: 15 September 2023 via https://forms.gle/cRLUqxd2BKDSHEtKA
How do we create open social scholarship in the 2020s?
Over the past several decades, academic work has evolved alongside substantial and far-reaching changes in communication and collaboration. One example of this evolution is the rise of open, digital scholarship: a movement that prioritizes access to information, social knowledge creation, and cross-community engagement. Now, in the 2020s, academics and other knowledge workers can produce, publish, and share their research findings much more openly and more publicly than previously possible. In a recent report for the Canadian Commission to UNESCO, Leslie Chan, Bud Hall, Piron, Rajesh Tandon, and Lorna Williams “offer a vision of Open Science that is just, fair and decolonial, but also realist and lucid. [The authors] have drawn attention to an understanding of science based on an inclusive universalism, open to Indigenous ways of knowing and all other theories, epistemologies and viewpoints” (2020). Such a vision is evidence of shifting attitudes and practices in academia. But how we actually go about creating research that is more open, more fair, and more social bears further examination and discussion.
We would like to continue these conversations at Creative Approaches to Open Social Scholarship: Australasia, the fifth annual conference of the Canadian-Australian Partnership for Open Scholarship (CAPOS). This 2-day event will take place at at the University of Sydney, in Sydney, AUS (November 28-29), aligned with the annual Congress for the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
Creative Approaches to Open Social Scholarship seeks to highlight open social scholarship activities, infrastructure, research, dissemination, and policies. The INKE Partnership has described open social scholarship as 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 Creative Approaches to Open Social Scholarship we will consider how to model open social scholarship practices and behaviour, as well as pursue the following guiding themes:
- Community: How do we best foster humanities and social sciences research, development, community building, and engagement through online, omnipresent, and open community spaces?
- Training: How can we adapt existing training opportunities and develop new opportunities in emerging areas to meet academic, partner, and public needs for open scholarship training?
- Connection: How can humanities and social sciences researchers collaborate more closely with the general public? What are the best ways to bring the public into our work, as well as for bringing our work to the public?
- Policy: How do we ensure that research on pressing open scholarship topics is accessible to a diverse public, including those who develop organizational or national policy?
We invite you to register for this event to join the conversation and mobilize collaboration in and around digital scholarship, with specific focus on:
- open social scholarship now and in future
- knowledge diversity, epistemic injustice, and knowledge equity
- multilingual digital scholarship
- community building, engagement, and mobilization
- collaboration and partnership for shared initiatives and activities
- digital scholarly production
- open access and open technologies
- knowledge sharing and preservation
- alternative academic publishing practices
- FAIR and CARE principles for data
- digital research infrastructure
- social knowledge creation
- stakeholder roles and activities
- social media
- public humanities
- research data management
- AI for humanistic pursuit
- teaching (with) digital scholarship
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. n.b.: longer papers for lightning talks will be solicited after proposal acceptance for circulation in advance of the gathering. Please send proposals on or before September 15 2023 via https://forms.gle/cRLUqxd2BKDSHEtKA
This action-oriented program 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. Building on previous INKE-hosted events in Whistler and Victoria (2014-23), the 2019 and 2022 CAPOS conferences, and our combined, online INKE-CAPOS conferences (December 2020 & 2021), we hope to simultaneously formalize connections across fields and open up different ways of thinking about the pragmatics and possibilities of digital scholarship.
Creative Approaches to Open Social Scholarship: Australasia events include:
- Featured talks by Gabriel Miller (Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences), Roxanne Missingham (Australia National University), and Tanja Niemann (Érudit).
- Lightning talks, where authors present 5 minute versions of longer papers or reports circulated prior to the gathering, followed by a brief discussion (papers may be conceptual, theoretical, application-oriented, and more)
- Next Steps conversation, to articulate in a structured setting what we will do together in
Creative Approaches to Open Social Scholarship is sponsored by the INKE Partnership, CAPOS, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Please consider joining us for what is sure to be a dynamic discussion!
This program is organized by Ray Siemens, Alyssa Arbuckle, John Maxwell, Rachel Hendery, and Tully Barnett, on behalf of our international Advisory Board and Group.
Representatives from: Advanced Research Consortium, Analysis and Policy Observatory, Australasian Association for Digital Humanities, Australian Research Data Commons, Canadian Association of Learned Journals, Canadian Association of Research Libraries / Association des bibliothèques de recherche du Canada, Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing, Canadian Research Knowledge Network / Réseau canadien de documentation pour la recherche, Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory / Le collaboratoire scientifique des écrits du Canada, Compute Canada / Calcul Canada, Council of Australian University Librarians, Deans of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, DH Downunder, Digital Humanities Summer Institute, Edith Cowan U, Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (UVic), Érudit, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Humanities Data Lab (U Ottawa), Iter, J.E. Halliwell Associates, Curtin Open Knowledge Initiative, Open Access Australasia, Public Knowledge Project, Simon Fraser University Library, University of Newcastle, University of Sydney Digital Humanities Research Group, University of Victoria Libraries, Western Sydney University Digital Humanities Research Group, and Voyant Tools, among others
Clare Appavoo (Canadian Research Knowledge Network), Alyssa Arbuckle (UVic), Paul Arthur (Edith Cowan U), Jon Bath (U Saskatchewan), Hugh Craig (U Newcastle), Constance Crompton (U Ottawa), Laura Estill (St. Francis Xavier U), Chad Gaffield (U Ottawa), Janet Halliwell (J.E. Halliwell Associates), Rachel Hendery (Western Sydney U), Tanja Niemann (Érudit), Jon Saklofske (Acadia U), Lynne Siemens (UVic), Ray Siemens (UVic), and Michael Sinatra (U Montréal)