The University of Newcastle, Australia

Conference: Knowledge creation in the 21st Century: Approaches to Open, Digital Scholarship

6 Dec 2019 from 12:00am - 7 Dec 2019 until 12:00am

Knowledge Creation in the 21st Century: Approaches to Open, Digital Scholarship” seeks to highlight activities, infrastructure, research, and policies that engage open social scholarship in national contexts and beyond. The conference will be held at New Space, Newcastle on 6-7 December 2019. Emeritus Professor Hugh Craig and Global Innovation Chair in the Digital Humanities Professor Ray Siemens of the Centre for 21st Century Humanities are on the conference organising committee.

Professor Siemens said anyone interested in exploring and understanding new horizons for academic research should attend the conference.

"If you're interested in new ways of doing research, new manners of connecting research with interested communities on campus and in the engaged public, new types of collaborations and new partners to work with – then there will be something for you at this gathering, either in the presentations by member of the community of academic researchers, librarians, advanced graduate students and postdocs, software developers, those in memory institutions, and representatives of organisations serving these groups, or in the discussions in and around the examples of and ideas in and around open scholarship that they present," he said.

Professor Siemens said open social scholarship involves 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.

"Open scholarship opens possibilities for academic researchers to reach new audiences interested in their work, and for those outside of highly-specialised professional communities to have a window into what goes on in those communities by reading and interacting with the many types of results produced by academic research – the Colonial Frontier Massacres project is a great example of this – or even being a part of current research activities like those that crowdsourcing and Wikipedia activities encourage," he said.  "By sharing our work and our interests in discussion, we have the opportunity to identify shared commonalities that we can understand together; we learn can from each other in the community of those doing open scholarship, what works best, what challenges exist and what supports exist to help address those challenges, and beyond."

At “Knowledge Creation in the 21st Century” attendees will consider how to model open social scholarship practices and behaviour, as well as pursue the following leading questions:

  1. How do we best foster humanities and social sciences (HASS) research, development, community building, and engagement through online, omnipresent, and open community spaces?
  2. How can we adapt existing training opportunities, and develop opportunities in emerging areas, to meet academic, partner, and public needs for open scholarship training?
  3. How can HASS researchers collaborate more closely with the general public? What are the best ways to bring the public into HASS work, as well as for bringing HASS work to the public?
  4. 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?
  5. What are Canadian and Australian approaches to more open and more social knowledge formation?

This action-oriented event 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. It is a partnered event with the upcoming Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) Partnership gathering in Victoria, BC, Canada titled “Open Scholarship for the 2020s,” and we hope to simultaneously formalize connections between Canada and Australia and to open up different ways of thinking about the pragmatics and possibilities of digital scholarship.

Events include:

  • Featured talks by Clare Appavoo (Canadian Research Knowledge Network), Ginny Barbour (Queensland U of Technology; Australasian Open Access Strategy Group), Jonathan Bengtson (U Victoria Libraries; Canadian Association of University Libraries), and Alexis Tindall (Australian Research Data Commons)
  • 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 the future

For more information please visit

  • New Space, Newcastle
  • Ray Siemens: