Leslie Chan is the Associate Director of the Centre for Critical Development Studies (CCDS) at the University of Toronto Scarborough, where he teaches courses on knowledge and media for development. Leslie has a long standing research interest in the role of knowledge production and dissemination in development, and in particular the role of Open Access and Open Science in addressing the imbalance in the global knowledge flow and the dominance of certain “standards” of legitimizing knowledge, often set by the global North. Since 2000, Leslie has been serving as the director of a South-North collaborative project known as Bioline International, a platform that provides OA for over 30 research journals from the global South. He is the principal investigator and research coordinator of the OCSDNet project, funded by IDRC and DFID.
Lisa Goddard is the Associate University Librarian for Digital Scholarship and Strategy at University of Victoria Libraries. She holds degrees from Queen's, McGill, and Memorial University, and is currently completing an MA in Humanities Computing at the University of Alberta. Lisa's research interests include open access publishing, semantic web technologies, digital publishing & preservation, and digital humanities.
Trained in comparative literature, a senior administrator who is uncomfortable with the current competitive, costly traditions of higher education and seeks means and methods of greater collaborative and collective decision making to re-form our idea of a university and to establish a functional, coherent ecology for future generations of students and scholars.
Cameron Neylon is a one-time biomedical scientist who has moved into the humanities via Open Access and Open Data advocacy. His research and broader work focusses on how we can make the institutions that support research sustainable and fit for purpose for the 21st century and how the advent of new communications technology is a help (and in some cases a hindrance) for this.
Bethany Nowviskie directs the Digital Library Federation, an international network of member institutions and robust community of library, museum, and archives practive. DLF members advance research, learning, social justice, and the public good through the creative design and wise application of digital library technologies. Dr. Nowviskie also serves on the digital humanities faculty of the University of Virginia. Further biographical information is available here: http://nowviskie.org/bio/
Seamus Ross is Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, also known as U of T’s iSchool and Interim Director of the Coach House Institute (McLuhan Program). He served as Dean for seven years (2009-2015). Before joining Toronto, he was Professor of Humanities Informatics and Digital Curation and Founding Director of HATII (Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute) at the University of Glasgow (1997-2009). Dr. Ross served as Associate Director of the Digital Curation Centre in the U.K. (2004-2009) (http://www.dcc.ac.uk/) and was Principal Director of ERPANET (http://www.erpanet.org/index.php) (2001-2004) and DigitalPreservationEurope (DPE) (2006-2009). He was a co-investigator on such projects as the DELOS Digital Libraries Network of Excellence (2004-2007), Planets (2006-2010), and Digicult Forum (2002-2004).
Susan Schreibman is Professor of Digital Humanities and Director of An Foras Feasa, the Humanities Research Institute, at Maynooth University. Dr. Schreibman has published and lectured widely in digital humanities and Irish poetic modernism. Her current digital projects inlcude Letters of 1916 and Contested Memories: The Battle of Mount Street Bridge. Her publications include A New Companion to Digital Humanities (2015), Thomas MacGreevy: A Critical Reappraisal (2013), A Companion to Digital Literary Studies (2008), and A Companion to Digital Humanities (2004). She is founding Editor of the peer-reviewed Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative and is a member of the Board of the National Library of Ireland.
Kathleen Shearer is the executive director of COAR an international association of repository initiatives. COAR is located in Gottingen, Germany- with a membership of over 100 organizations from 36 countries in 5 continents. Its mission is to enhance the visibility and application of research outputs through the development of a global knowledge commons. Shearer is also a consultant with a number of organizations including Canadian Association of Research Libraries, Research Data Canada, and the US-based Association of Research Libraries and works on issues of open access, international collaboration and research data management policy. She is also chair of two groups in the Research Data Alliance.
A leader of collaborative, transformative, interdisciplinary scholarship and pedagogy, Dr. Raymond Siemens is Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Victoria, in English with cross appointment in Computer Science, appointed also 2004-15 as Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing. Founding editor of the pioneering electronic scholarly journal Early Modern Literary Studies, his publications include, among others, Blackwell's Companion to Digital Humanities (with Schreibman and Unsworth), Blackwell's Companion to Digital Literary Studies (with Schreibman), A Social Edition of the Devonshire MS (MRTS/Iter, and Wikibooks), and Literary Studies in the Digital Age (MLA, with Price). He directs the Implementing New Knowledge Environments project, the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, and the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, recently serving also as Vice President / Director of the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences for Research Dissemination, Chair of the MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions, and Chair of the international Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations.
Bio: John Willinsky is Khosla Family Professor of Education, Stanford University and Professor (Part-Time) Publishing Studies, Simon Fraser University. John directs the Public Knowledge Project, which he started in 1998, in an effort to create greater public and global access to research and scholarship by developing open source scholarly publishing technologies (such as Open Journal Systems) and conducting social science and historical research on access to scholarship. PKP continues to collaborate on journal-development initiatives in Africa, South America, and South East Asia.