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Building Partnerships to Transform Scholarly Publishing
5-6 February 2014 Whistler, BC, Canada
Delta Whistler Village Suites, WhiskiJack Rooms
4308 Main Street, Whistler, BC Ÿ 604-905-3987


Please click here to download a password-protected PDF of the papers accepted to this gathering. The PDF is best accessible via Adobe Acrobat.

This gathering, facilitated by Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE; @INKEproject) openly intends to provoke collaborations in the realm of scholarly communication and publication. As such, we will be following a rather structured schedule involving a range of activities. Diversions, however, are always welcome…

We are grateful for the generous sponsorship, support, and participation of the Advanced Research Consortium, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory, Compute Canada, the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, the Digital Research Centre, the Implementing New Knowledge Environments project, Iter, the Modernist Versions Project, the Public Knowledge Project, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the University of Victoria Libraries, among others.

Wednesday February 5th
4.00-5.00pm Registration & Welcome

5.00-6.30pm Keynote Address
Chair: Ray Siemens (INKE; U Victoria; Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences)
1. Janet Halliwell (Janet E. Halliwell Associates): “Advancing Cyber-scholarship Through Innovative Partnerships.”

7.00-10.00pm Dinner (provided)

Thursday February 6th
Following the Opening Talks, Thursday’s proceedings will be structured in the following manner:
Each session will begin with 4-minute lightning talks presenting key findings from papers circulated prior to our gathering. Then, we will engage in a 15-minute Breakout Session to flesh out some possibilities for collaborations and projects based on the lightning talks. Finally, we will re-group for a 5-minute Question & Answer/Discussion period before moving on to the next session.

At the end of the day, we will engage in another overarching Breakout Session in order to continue developing proposed collaborations. We will conclude with a What’s Next? conversation—a time for us to survey tangible next steps for projects, prototypes, and proposals.

7.30-8.30am Coffee & Breakfast (provided)

9.00-10.00am Opening Talks
Chair: Ray Siemens (INKE; U Victoria; Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences)
Co-chairs: Constance Crompton (INKE; U British Columbia-Okanagan) & Laura Estill (Texas A&M U)
2. Brian Owen (Public Knowledge Project; Simon Fraser U): “The Software and System Development Lifecycle: From Prototype to Production”
3. Clare Appavoo (Canadian Research Knowledge Network): “The Role of Academic Libraries in the Transformation of Scholarly Communication.”

10.00-10.15am Coffee break (provided)

10.15-11.00am Session 1: The Shape of Data to Come
Chair: Jon Bath (INKE; U Saskatchewan)
4. Stan Ruecker (INKE; Illinois Institute of Technology), “Digital Apparatus.”
5. John Simpson (INKE; CWRC; U Alberta) & Susan Brown (INKE; CWRC; U Alberta; U Guelph), “Inference and Linking of the Humanist’s Semantic Web.”
6. William Bowen (Iter; U Toronto-Scarborough), Constance Crompton (INKE; U British Columbia-Okanagan), & Matthew Hiebert (U Victoria), “Iter Community: Prototyping an Environment for Social Knowledge Creation and Communication.”
7. Richard Lane (Vancouver Island U), “Innovation Through Tradition: New Scholarly Applications Modelled on Faith-Based Electronic Publishing & Learning Environments.”

Topic 1 Breakout Session
Topic 1 Q&A Discussion

11.00-11.45am Session 2: Large-scale Digital Scholarly Projects
Chair: Aaron Mauro (U Victoria)
8. Laura Estill (Texas A&M U), “Digital Bibliography, Then and Now.”
9. Laura Mandell (ARC; Texas A&M U) & Elizabeth Grumbach (ARC), “ARC, or the Advanced Research Consortium: A Model for Peer Review and Aggregation.”
10. Daniel Powell & Ray Siemens (U Victoria), “Building Alternative Scholarly Publishing Capacity: the Renaissance English Knowledge Network (REKN) as Digital Publication Hub.”
11. Brent Nelson (DRC; U Saskatchewan), “From Index to Interoperability: The Desideratum of Authority Files in Large-scale Editing.”

Topic 2 Breakout session
Topic 2 Q&A Discussion

11.45am-1.00pm Lunch (provided)
Chair: Susan Brown (INKE; CWRC; U Alberta; U Guelph)
12. Dugan O’Neil (Compute Canada), “Compute Canada – More than Just ‘Big Iron’”

1.00-1.45pm Session 3: Evolving University Library Networks
Chair: Jentery Sayers (INKE; MVP; U Victoria)
13. Brent Roe (CARL), “Canadian Independent Journals in an Open Access Environment: Possible Stresses, Possible Supports.”
14. Rowland Lorimer (CALJ; Simon Fraser U), “A Good Idea, a Difficult Reality: Towards a Journal/Library Open Access Partnership.”
15. Inba Kehoe (U Victoria Library), “ePublishing Primer for Authors.”
16. Jonathan Bengtson (U Victoria Library), “Either this is Madness, or it is Hell’: New Horizons for Digital Scholarship.”

Topic 3 Breakout session
Topic 3 Q&A Discussion

1.45-2.30pm Session 4: Humanities-centred Design & Prototypes
Chair: Sally Wyatt (Maastricht U; KNAW e-Humanities)
17. Geoffrey Rockwell (U Alberta), “Gamification, Research and Writing.”
18. Jon Saklofske (INKE; Acadia U), “Humanities Scholarship in a Vast Universe: Modelling Integrated Scholarly Opportunities Between Scales of Digital Information and Meaning.”
19. Federica Giannelli (U Saskatchewan), Jade McDougall (U Saskatchewan), Ben Neudorf (U Saskatchewan), Xiaohan Zhang (U Saskatchewan), Jon Bath (INKE; U Saskatchewan), & the INKE Research Team, “Prototyping a Game-based Collaborative Bibliographic Environment.”
20. Alex Christie (INKE; MVP; U Victoria), “Interdisciplinary, Interactive, and Online: Building Open Communication through Multimodal Scholarly Articles and Monographs.”

Topic 4 Breakout session
Topic 4 Q&A Discussion

2.30-3.15pm Session 5: Collaborative (Scholarly) Environments
Chair: Michael E. Sinatra (Université de Montréal)
21. Nina Belojevic (INKE; MVP; U Victoria) & Jentery Sayers (INKE; U Victoria), “Building Peer Review Personas.”
22. Susan Brown (CWRC; INKE; U Alberta; U Guelph) & John Simpson (CWRC; INKE; U Alberta), “The Culture of Humanities Scholarship: Iteration, Recursion, and Versions in Scholarly Collaboration Environments.”
23. Lynne Siemens (INKE; U Victoria), “Deepening Collaborations in INKE’s Year 5.”
24. Stephen Ross (MVP; U Victoria), “Expert/Crowd-sourcing for the Linked Modernisms Project.”
25. David N. Wright (Douglas C), “Peer Review or Production: Why ‘Scholarly’?”

Topic 5 Breakout session
Topic 5 Q&A Discussion

3.15-3.30pm  Coffee break (provided)

3.30-4.30pm Overarching Breakout Session
The goal in this time is for groups to continue developing collaborations and to envision tangible next steps.

4.30-5.00pm What’s Next? Conversation
Chairs: Ray Siemens (INKE; U Victoria; Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences) & Janet Halliwell (Janet E. Halliwell Associates)
At this time we will survey and share proposed next steps, and consider effective strategies for working towards these commitments.

7.00pm Opt-in Dinner, Sushi Village
Please RSVP to Alyssa (alyssaarbuckle[at]gmail[dot]com) by January 30th 2014 if you would like to attend the opt-in dinner.

Call for Papers
Proposals Due: 1 October 2013

Scholarly communication practices are undergoing a sea change. As professional work becomes increasingly enmeshed with and supported by digital technology, practitioners have begun to explore different venues and modes for sharing knowledge. The conventional print-based state of electronic scholarly journals and monographs render them ready candidates for transformation. Recent scholarly communication developments, including open peer review systems and online academic publishing platforms, reflect this transitional period. For instance, in Planned Obsolescence Kathleen Fitzpatrick considers ways of “opening ourselves to the possibility that new modes of publishing might enable, not just more texts, but better texts, not just an evasion of obsolescence, but a new life for scholarship” (14).

This one and a half day gathering will provoke collaboration and conversation around electronic scholarly journals and monographs, as well as issues of (open) access, dissemination, alternative modes of scholarly communication, and the move from prototyping to producing. This event is geared toward leaders in various arenas, including academic and non-academic researchers, members of scholarly associations, and open source practitioners and developers. We hope to foster connections across fields, and open up different ways of thinking about the form and function of electronic scholarly journals and monographs.

Featured events include:

  • Keynote lectures
  • Lightning talks, where authors present 5 minute versions of longer papers circulated prior to the gathering, followed by a brief discussion (papers may be conceptual, theoretical, application-oriented, and more)
  • Break-out session, where participants will assemble in small groups to discuss and prototype new models for scholarly communication
  • Next Steps conversation, to articulate what we will do together in the future

We invite proposals for lightning papers that address these and other issues pertinent to research in the area. 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. Fuller papers will be solicited after acceptance of the proposal for circulation in advance of the gathering. We are pleased to welcome proposals in all languages of our community; note that the chief working language of past gatherings has been English. Please send proposals before October 1st to Alyssa Arbuckle at

The gathering is sponsored by the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) research group. Some travel assistance may be available as necessary, pending outcome of a separate application to the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) for this event.

Happily organized by Ray Siemens, Jon Bath, Jentery Sayers, and Alyssa Arbuckle