Forum: Open Scholarship in the Humanities


Monday, 9 September 2019, 01:00 pm — Monday, 9 September 2019, 05:00 pm

Location: X401 NewSpace, Hunter St, Newcastle
Contact: C21CH@newcastle.edu.au

Please join us for an afternoon talk and roundtable discussion about Open Scholarship in the Humanities, hosted by the Centre for 21st Century Humanities.  Open scholarship involves the creation and dissemination of research and research technologies to a broad, interdisciplinary audience of specialists and non-specialists, including the engaged public, in ways that are both accessible and significant.

Please RSVP to C21CH@newcastle.edu.au.

Roundtable panelists are Gillian Arrighi (Creative Industries; Centre for 21st Century Humanities),  Erin McCarthy (Humanities and Social Science), Ruth Talbot-Stokes (University Library), and others. Participating in the roundtable will also be Rachel Hendery (Humanities and Comm Arts, University of Western Sydney) and Ray Siemens (Global Innovation Chair in Digital Humanities UON; University of Victoria BC). Hendery will discuss the forthcoming DH Down Under summer school to be held at New Space, and Siemens will discuss the Knowledge Creation in the 21st Century: Approaches to Open, Digital Scholarship conference, 6-7 December in New Space, presented by the Canadian-Australian Partnership for Open Scholarship (CAPOS).

Ray Siemens will open the forum with a talk entitled “Enacting Open Social Scholarship, in the Canadian Social Knowledge Institute.”  Siemens’ presentation traces the conceptual roots of open access and open scholarship movements, the digital humanities’ methodological commons and community of practice, contemporary online practices, and public-facing “citizen scholarship.” He also discusses the mandate of the recently-established Canadian Social Knowledge Institute (C-SKI) and its initial activities.

Topics for consideration may involve: public humanities; knowledge dissemination; pertinent technologies, skills, and approaches; alternative modes and methods; digital scholarly production; (open) access; social media; partnership and collaboration; community building and mobilization; stakeholder roles and activities; shared initiatives and activities; research prototyping; infrastructure; and social knowledge creation.  Questions we may engage include:

  • What are the tangible public benefits of openly accessible research and research data, as well as consequences of inaccessible data?
  • How can we ensure positive benefit by prioritizing research preservation and its open access? How do we readily and effectively promote, study, and archive cultural data and our engagement with it?
  • What are the best ways to mobilize knowledge across researchers and fields, and between academia, the public, and other invested stakeholders?
  • What implications for policy implementation do open scholarship practices have?
  • Which alternative modes or methods need to be developed or employed for effective open scholarship?
  • How can we develop collaborative initiatives to best serve these ends?