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Open beyond the academy: building community through open social scholarship

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In this panel, Dr. Hannah McGregor and Dr. Raymond Siemens discuss how the Digital Humanities can bring academic and non-academic communities together to be more inclusive, accessible, and accountable.

Podcasting, Public Scholarship, and Accountability
Dr. Hannah McGregor, Assistant Professor in Publishing @ SFU

This talk will discuss Dr. McGregor's work on podcasting as scholarly communication and the models of accountability involved in politicized and public-first scholarly work. It will argue that truly open scholarship is not only open-access but also accountable to the communities about which and to which it speaks.

Preconditions for Worthwhile Open Knowledge and Open Scholarship (Thoughts from the Fledgling Canadian Social Knowledge Institute)

Dr. Raymond Siemens, Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Victoria, in English and Computer Science, and past Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing (2004-15).

What’s needed to encourage and to build open knowledge and open scholarship to scale in a Humanistic context?  Dr. Siemens' talk will work toward answering this question, in the context of initial activities of the recently-established Canadian Social Knowledge Institute.  Open social scholarship involves creating and disseminating research and research technologies to a broad audience of specialists and active non-specialists in ways that are accessible and significant. As a concept, it has grown from roots in open access and open scholarship movements, the digital humanities’ methodological commons and community of practice, contemporary online practices, and public facing “citizen scholarship” to include i) developing, sharing, and implementing research in ways that consider the needs and interests of both academic specialists and communities beyond academia; ii) providing opportunities to co-create, interact with, and experience openly-available cultural data; iii) exploring, developing, and making public tools and technologies under open licenses to promote wide access, education, use, and repurposing; and iv) enabling productive dialogue between academics and non-academics.

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