Launching a Digital Commons for the Humanities and Social Sciences

An Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) Partnership Online Event
January 24, 2022, 8.45am-12.30pm PST (Victoria)

The first event in the Launching a Digital Commons for the Humanities and Social Sciences series will take place online on January 24, 2022, from 8.45am-12.30pm PST (Victoria). It is intended for researchers, librarians, academic administrators, information and technology professionals, students, and emerging scholars. Participants will discuss issues relevant to open digital commons such as the Canadian Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Commons (–an in-development, national-scale, bilingual (French and English) network. The Canadian HSS Commons fosters an open environment for Canadian researchers to share, access, re-purpose, and develop scholarly projects, publications, educational resources, data, and tools. It includes a subject repository for open access publications that assigns digital object identifiers upon upload and follows FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) guidelines for data management; a project development environment that can integrate with Google Drive, Dropbox, or GitHub; individual user profiles, with federated login/identity authorization, including with ORCID; blogging capabilities; subject interest groups; tools to facilitate member interactions (e.g., profile building, and messaging); and more.

(Note: Part 2 and Part 3 of the Launching a Digital Commons for the Humanities and Social Sciences Commons event series will be held in connection with the next annual meetings of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, on May 12, 2022, and the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, on June 9, 2022.)

To register for our January 2022 event, please fill out this form.

Registration for this online event is required. We are grateful to the INKE Partnership, the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, the Canadian Social Knowledge Institute, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for facilitating free registration.

The event will take place synchronously at the following times:

  • Canadian timezones: January 24th, 8.45am-12.30pm PST (Victoria) / 9:45am-1:30pm MST (Edmonton) / 10:45am-2:30pm CST (Saskatoon) / 11:45am-3:30pm EST (Toronto) / 12:45pm-4:30pm AST (Halifax)


Event Schedule:

Activity Speaker/Session Leader Time (PST)
Introduction Ray Siemens and Alyssa Arbuckle (U Victoria) 8:45am-9:00am
Opening Featured Speaker Kathleen Fitzpatrick (Michigan State U), “Generosity, Collaboration, and the Common Good: Platform as Scholarly Practice” [Video Recording] Session Chair: Constance Crompton (U Ottawa) 9:00am-10:00am
BREAK 10:00am-10:15am
Canadian HSS Commons Overview and Update Graham Jensen (U Victoria) 10:15am-10:30am
Next Steps Conversation All 10:30am-11:15am
Closing Featured Speakers John Simpson and Lydia Vermeyden (Compute Canada Federation), “Partnering to Build the Digital Commons: Past, Present, & Future” [Video Recording] Session Chair: Laura Estill (St. Francis Xavier U) 11:15am-12:15pm
Optional: Open Chat, Further Discussion, etc. Led by Graham Jensen (U Victoria) 12:15-12:30


For community guidelines, please see our Statement of Ethics and Inclusion, collaboratively developed by the Digital Humanities Summer Institute community.