Launching a Digital Commons for the Humanities and Social Sciences: DHSI

An Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) Partnership and Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) Aligned Event
Thursday, June 9, 2022, 1.00-3.00pm PDT (Victoria)

The third event in the Launching a Digital Commons for the Humanities and Social Sciences series will take place online on June 9, 2022, from 1.00-3.00pm PDT (Victoria). It is intended for researchers, librarians, academic administrators, information and technology professionals, students, and emerging scholars. Participants will gain hands-on experience and training on the not-for-profit, academic-run 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.

Featured panelists Alyssa Arbuckle (University of Victoria), Kim Martin (University of Guelph), and John Maxwell and Beatrice Glickman (Simon Fraser University) will also 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.

(Note:  Part 1 of the Launching a Digital Commons for the Humanities and Social Sciences Commons event series took place on Jan. 24, 2022. Part 2 will be held in connection with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, on May 12, 2022.)


To register for this event, which is part of DHSI 2022—Online Edition, please complete 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 their support of this event.

Workshop materials, technical support, and the Zoom link will be provided to registrants in advance. Synchronous and asynchronous discussion will also be happening via Twitter (#DHSI22Commons and #DHSI22).

Following the event, recordings will be shared with registrants; these and other materials may also be shared more widely via the Canadian HSS Commons’s Launching a Digital Commons for the HSS Group page.

Event Schedule – June 9, 2022:

Activity Speaker/Session Leader Time (PDT)
Welcome Graham Jensen (U Victoria) 1:00-1:05pm
Introduction Ray Siemens and Alyssa Arbuckle (U Victoria) 1:05-1:15pm
Featured Speaker Panel Chair: Alyssa Arbuckle (U Victoria)

Kim Martin (U Guelph), “Finding Common Ground: Cultivating Serendipity in the HSS Commons
John Maxwell and Beatrice Glickman (Simon Fraser U), “The Social Life of Scholarly Documents: Establishing Value in the Commons

BREAK 2:15pm-2:30pm
Using the Commons: Training Workshop and Guided Exploration

[Note: workshop materials and technical support will be provided to registrants in advance]

Graham Jensen (U Victoria), with ETCL team members

[View the published recording of the workshop here]



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