At KULA, we have been working hard to gather and publish new scholarship on knowledge processes throughout the ages, and we couldn’t be happier with our first four articles (in case you missed any of them, you can access them here). 2018 is shaping up to be an exciting year for us as the journal really hits its stride. And don’t forget, we are always accepting new submissions related to critical engagement with knowledge creation, dissemination, and preservation, and especially topics dealing with emerging forms of scholarship, technology, and issues inherent in the digital world we now live in. We welcome research articles, commentaries on major “happenings,” reviews of contemporary or historical controversies or developments, and also non-traditional formats of inquiry.
First up on the docket is a special issue collecting papers from the 2017 Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) annual conference, hosted by the Electronic Textual Cultures Laboratory (ETCL) at the University of Victoria. This collection will showcase innovative work on the evolving field of “Open Social Scholarship.” Aiming to further define the concept of OSS, authors ask how higher-ed institutions and libraries can continue to help to support scholarship through collaboration and improved access to resources; how we can learn from large team-based, long-term scholarly projects and why it is important to de-emphasize the cycle of funding-centric timelines; and what we can do to redefine scholarly research to include artistic and game-based inquiry and methodology.
Next up is the highly anticipated “Endangered Knowledge” special issue, which emphasizes the importance of efforts being made to understand how best to preserve and disseminate knowledge in an informational climate that may be more precarious than ever before. Spurred by the growing efforts of initiatives like Endangered Data Week and DataRefuge, this special issue will include a range of submissions, from scholarly research, exciting project reviews, and pedagogical reflections, to syllabi and multimedia pieces from academics, artists, and practitioners that are rethinking how we can work and learn across disciplines. This issue operates on the belief that we need to see “endangerment” as a category of critical engagement that we need to apply to all archives, data, collections, records, and networks.
Posted on 03 May 2018
KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies has launched!
We are thrilled to share our first two articles, both exciting research papers that reflect the journal’s commitment to open access in scholarly communication. In “Modes of Annotation in the Video-Based Corpus FrancoToile: Developing a Design Method,” Catherine Caws and Stewart Arneil (University of Victoria) discuss their development of the digital library FrancoToile, which includes videos and annotated transcripts to help students develop cultural and linguistic literacies in French. As an open-access pedagogical resource, FrancoToile encourages users to learn about Francophone culture around the world in a dynamic and accessible format.
In “When the Law Advances Access to Learning: Locke and the Origins of Modern Copyright,” John Willinsky (Stanford University) takes an historical approach in his reflection on the challenges of adopting more open models of scholarly publishing in the digital era. Revisiting the origins of modern copyright law, Willinsky suggests that the passing of the Statute of Anne in 1710, which protected the access rights of scholars and the public to learned books as well as authors’ commercial rights—and was preceded by proposals for scholar-friendly legal reforms from advocates such as John Locke in the 1690s—is a useful example of legal reform to consider today as the academic community contends with the increasing commercial dominance of scholarly publishing.
Posted on 20 Dec 2017
Samantha MacFarlane, PhD Candidate, University of Victoria
Rachel Mattson, PhD, MLIS, Manager of Special & Digital Projects in the Archives of La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club
Bethany Nowviskie, MA Ed., PhD, Director of the Digital Library Federation (DLF) at CLIR and Research Associate Professor of Digital Humanities, University of Virginia
Abstracts and expressions of interest: rolling, through 6 November 2017
Deadline for final submissions: mid-February 2018, exact date TBD
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies is a new, peer-reviewed, open-access online journal, publishing multidisciplinary scholarship about the creation, dissemination, and preservation of knowledge throughout history.
We seek abstracts for contributions to a special issue of KULA on “Endangered Knowledge,” to be published in early autumn 2018.
The stuff of cultural memory has forever been “endangered.” Threats to public access and to the long term preservation of records, data, objects, texts, and networks containing, transmitting, and enabling the production of knowledge come from many points of origin. Fire, floods, vermin and rot, war and political upheaval, poor planning, and the ravages of time have always posed risks. And dangers to the cultural record seem only to have multiplied with our growing reliance on digital information in rapidly proliferating formats and fragile networks, often under hostile regimes.
This special issue of KULA asks: How do we preserve and effectively disseminate knowledge in the face of environmental, political, financial, infrastructural, and related risks? The question is urgent across disciplines. Inspired particularly by recent initiatives addressing the precarious state of public information under the Trump administration—such as DataRefuge, PEGI, and Endangered Data Week—we invite contributions that explore issues related to endangerment as a critical category of analysis for records, data, collections, and networks. Submissions may treat the dissemination and preservation of material at risk of disappearing, whether through inherent ephemerality or environmental loss, lack of proper preservation measures and care, or deliberate erasure.
We invite abstracts of 300-500 words proposing short-to medium length scholarly articles, book or digital project reviews, teaching reflections and syllabi, or video and audio pieces from academics, artists, and practitioners working across disciplines and in any relevant fields. Based on abstracts, we will then invite the contribution of full submissions for peer review.
We encourage submissions on diverse aspects of endangered knowledge, including the types of information at risk and the implications of their loss; values governing the preservation of knowledge; the politics of data absence and destruction; and the methods and ethics of preservation and transmission. Topics include but are not limited to:
Posted on 13 Sep 2017
KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies is a new peer-reviewed, open access journal, meant to encourage the formation of a multi-disciplinary community of scholars studying human knowledge processes through the ages, concerned to understand their role in the full sweep of human civilizations, and to project them into the future from both humanistic and technological perspectives. KULA has no author publication charges and articles will be published on a continuous basis.
KULA derives its name from the Sanskrit word meaning “community.” Kula is also a reference to the Pacific Rim Terrane called the “Kula Plate” from which Vancouver Island, Canada was formed millions of years ago and is where KULA is based at the University Libraries of the University of Victoria.
KULA will publish articles related to the past, present, and future of Citizen Science; Cultural Heritage; Cultural Heritage Informatics; Culture of Researchers; Data Sharing; Digital Archaeology; Digital Asset Management; Digital Curation; Digital Humanities; Digital Infrastructure; Digital Libraries; Digital Methods; Digital Preservation/ Curation; Digital Repositories; Digital Scholarship; Digitization; Emulation; Humanities Computing; Inclusive Design; Information Systems; Institutional and Policy Design; Knowledge & Research Infrastructures; Knowledge for Development; Knowledge Infrastructure; Knowledge Representation and Reasoning; Linked Data; Literary Studies; Media Studies; Multi-Institutional Collaboration; Open Access; Open Access Publishing; Open Scholarship; Open Science; Open Social Scholarship; Peer-Review Systems; Professionalization; Publishing Technologies; Research Assessment; Research Data Management; Research Libraries; Scholarly Communication; Scholarly Editing; Search and Discovery; Semantic Extraction; Social Exclusion; Social Knowledge; Sustainability Models; System Analysis and Design.KULA has a distinguished editorial board of International scholars and senior librarians:
Posted on 21 Apr 2016