Creative Approaches to Open Social Scholarship: Canada


Monday June 17th – Tuesday June 18th, 2024
McGill University – Montréal, QC, Canada
MacDonald–Harrington Rm 279
An INKE-hosted gathering aligned with the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences’ annual Congress and Coalition Publica’s Canadian Scholarly Journals Symposium (19 June 2024)

Important Information

Proposals: by 15 March 2024 via this link.

Registration: via [Note: Congress registration is required to attend this event. If you are coming only for this event, consider the ‘community participant’ rate ($30). When registering, select that you will only be attending open events and the Community Participant option will appear].

Congress Event Listings:

Pre-Conference Activities: Sunday June 16th

1:30pm – 3:00pm, HSS Commons @ Career Corner (2nd Floor, McLennan Library), Graham Jensen, Randa El Katib, Ray Siemens (INKE, U Victoria)

5:00pm – 6:00pm, Informal Gathering; Congress Social Zone (Redpath Hall)

Conference Day: Monday June 17th

MacDonald–Harrington Rm 279

9:00am – 9:15am, Welcome, Ray Siemens and Adar Charlton (U Victoria, INKE)

9:15am – 10:15am, Opening Keynote: Kathleen Fitzpatrick (Michigan State U), “Open Infrastructures for the Future of Knowledge Production” [Abstract]
Chair: Constance Crompton (U Ottawa)

10:15am – 10:30am, Break

10:30am – 11:15am, Lightning Talk Session #1: Ecosystems, Openness and its (dis)Contents
Chair: Jon Saklofske (Acadia U)

  • Simon van Bellen (Érudit), “Exploring the ecosystem of Canadian HSS journals and the role they play in national knowledge dissemination” [Abstract]
  • Hannah Paveck and Sara El Rayes (Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences), “Open Access and the Future of Scholarly Books in the Humanities and Social Sciences” [Abstract]
  • Jessica Clark (Érudit) and Jason Friedman (CRKN), “The Partnership for Open Access: Diamond OA in/for Canada” [Abstract]
  • Shawn Martin (Dartmouth Library), “The Violence of Open Access” [Abstract]
  • Aaron Mauro (Brock U), “Building Resilient Open Scholarship Ecosystems with Enhanced Cybersecurity” [Abstract]

11:15am – 12:00pm, Lightning Talk Session #2: Knowledge Conversion, Places, Structures, Values
Chair: Jon Bath (U Saskatchewan)

  • Joel Salt (U Saskatchewan) and Kyle Dase (U Victoria), with Brent Nelson (U Saskatchewan), Jesse Sharpe (Houghton U), Matthew Sherman (Drexel U), and Constantine Kaoukakis (U Saskatchewan), “‘Any Addition to Knowledge’: Creating an Open-Source Database from John R. Roberts Annotated Bibliography of John Donne” [Abstract]
  • Rebecca Dowson, Alison J. Moore, Joey Takeda, and Andrew Gardener (Simon Fraser U), “Beyond the start up: Sustainable approaches to Open Social Scholarship” [Abstract]
  • Graham Jensen, Caroline Winter, Alyssa Arbuckle, and Ray Siemens (U Victoria), “Understanding and Articulating Knowledge Mobilization in the Humanities” [Abstract]
  • Alan Colin-Arce (U Victoria), Caroline Winter (U Victoria), Maggie Sardino (King’s College London), Alyssa Arbuckle (U Victoria), Graham Jensen (U Victoria), and Ray Siemens (U Victoria), “Surveying the Theoretical and Practical Foundations of Knowledge Diversity” [Abstract]
  • Soni Wadhwa (SRM U, Andhra Pradesh) and Tanveer Hasan (Center for Internet and Society, Bangalore), “Addressing Knowledge Equity and Epistemic Injustice in the Global South with Open Pedagogy Projects” [Abstract]

12:00pm – 1:30pm, Lunch

1:30pm – 2:15pm, Lightning Talk Session #3: Approaches, Spaces, and Networks
Chair: Lynne Siemens (U Victoria)

  • Susan Brown and Kim Martin (U Guelph), “Exploring Contexts: Layering Linked Data on the Web” [Abstract]
  • Jason Friedman (CRKN), “Creativity in Action: CRKN’s Approach to Modernizing Digitized Documentary Heritage” [Abstract]
  • Joey Takeda (Simon Fraser U), Sydney Lines (U British Columbia), Leean Wu (U British Columbia), ““Roll on, reels of celluloid, as the great earth rolls on!”: Preserving Early Hollywood Archives and Enacting Social Scholarship with the Winnifred Eaton Archive” [Abstract]
  • Jon Saklofske and Diane Chin (Acadia U), “It takes a village to raise the dead: Creating an interactive social network of graveyard inhabitants through community collaboration and open social scholarship practice” [Abstract]
  • Graham Jensen, Ray Siemens (U Victoria), “A Digital Commons Space for the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences” [Abstract]

2:15pm – 3:15pm, Lightning Talk Session #4: OSS Facilitation, Support, Labour, and Reflection
Chair: Tanja Niemann (Érudit)

  • Constantine Kaoukakis and Brent Nelson (U Saskatchewan), with Jesse Sharpe (Houghton U), Matthew Sherman (Drexel U), Joel Salt (U Saskatchewan), and Kyle Dase (U Victoria), “Gauging Library Support for Independent Open Access Publication of the John Donne Journal” [Abstract]
  • Constance Crompton (U Ottawa), “Clustering Collections, Mobilizing Metadata: Library and Archives Canada Public Workshops” [Abstract]
  • Julie Jones (Simon Fraser U), “Making scholarship social: Thesis Writing Retreats at an academic library” [Abstract]
  • Bridget Moynihan (U Ottawa, St Francis Xavier U, LAC/BAC), “Openly Structured: Supporting Open Social Scholarship in an INKE Postdoctoral Fellowship” [Abstract]
  • John Maxwell (Simon Fraser U), “Aldus and the Mystery of the Missing Labour” [Abstract]
  • Lynne Siemens (U Victoria), “INKE and Collaboration: Year 2” [Abstract]

3:15pm – 3:30pm, Break

3:30pm – 4:30pm, Closing Keynote: Jonathan Bengtson (U Victoria), “‘In this house join, Minting new coin’: Libraries and Knowledge Production in 21st Century Scholarship” [Abstract]
Chair: Laura Estill (St Francis Xavier U)

4:30pm – 5:00pm, Discussion, and Adieu, Ray Siemens (U Victoria)

Announcement: Open Scholarship Awards 2024
Discussion Question: Should we establish an organisation, allied with all those in the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (and others beyond), with a focus on open scholarship?

INKE Partnership Meeting: Tuesday June 18th

MacDonald–Harrington Rm 279

9:00am – 9:30am, Welcome, Overview

9:30am – 10:00am, Partner Updates

10:00am – 10:30am, Cluster Reports

10:30am – 10:45am, Break

10:45am – 11:30am, Opportunities and Next Steps

11:30am, Adieu

Post-Meeting Activities: Tuesday June 18th

MacDonald–Harrington Rm 279

1:00pm – 3:00pm, HSS Commons Workshop and Feedback Session
Dan Tracy (U Illinois) and Graham Jensen (U Victoria)

This workshop and feedback session, open to all attendees at Congress, provides an introduction to the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Commons ( as a solution for sharing your research with your peers and interested publics, participating in scholarly communities, and working in collaborative teams. Feedback gathered in the session will help improve the HSS Commons and will be used in published research on the needs of HSS scholars for open social scholarship platforms.

Post-Meeting Activities: Wednesday June 19th

MacDonald–Harrington Rm 279

1:30pm – 7:00pm, Coalition Publica’s Canadian Scholarly Journals Symposium

Call for Proposals

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: Canada, the 11th Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) Partnership annual gathering in Montréal, QC, Canada, 17-18 June 2024, occurring at the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences’ annual Congress. Those coming to our event may also wish to consider Coalition Publica’s Canadian Scholarly Journals Symposium (19 June 2024), as well as our very informal welcome / hello gathering at the Congress Social Zone in Redpath Hall on Sunday 16 June which follows a presentation of the Canadian Humanities and Social Sciences Commons (HSS Commons,

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, and are open to considering proposals for other types of presentations as well. 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. Please send proposals on or before 15 March 2024: via this link.

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, 2022, and 2023 Canadian-Australian Partnership for Open Scholarship (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: Canada includes featured talks by Jonathan Bengtson (University of Victoria) and Kathleen Fitzpatrick (Michigan State University), as well as:

  • 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)
  • a next Steps conversation, to articulate in a structured setting what we will do together in the future

Creative Approaches to Open Social Scholarship is sponsored by the INKE Partnership (including its support by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) and the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Please consider joining us for what is sure to be a dynamic discussion!

This program is organized by Ray Siemens, Adar Charlton, and Michael Sinatra on behalf of our international Advisory Board and Group.

Advisory Board

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

Advisory Group

Clare Appavoo (Canadian Research Knowledge Network), 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)