Open+: Versioning Open Social Scholarship


  • Alyssa Arbuckle University of Victoria



open scholarship, open access, community engagement, public humanities, digital scholarship


Advocates of the Open Access (OA) movement have been fighting for free and unfettered access to research output since the early 1990s. Open access is a crucial element of a fair, efficient scholarly communication system where all are able to find, interpret, and use the results of publicly-funded research. Universal open access is more possible now than ever before, thanks to networked technologies and the development of open scholarship policies. But what happens after access to research is provided? In this paper I argue that versioning scholarship across varying modes and formats would move scholarly communication from a straightforward open access system to a more engaging environment for multiple communities.


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Author Biography

Alyssa Arbuckle, University of Victoria

Alyssa Arbuckle is the Associate Director of the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL) at the University of Victoria, where she works with the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) research group and the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI). Arbuckle is also an interdisciplinary PhD student at the University of Victoria, studying open social scholarship and its implementation (planned completion 2019). She holds a BA Honours in English from the University of British Columbia and an MA in English from the University of Victoria, and her previous studies have centred around digital humanities, new media, and contemporary American literature. Her work has appeared in Digital Studies, Digital Humanities Quarterly, and Scholarly and Research Communication, among other venues.


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How to Cite

Arbuckle, Alyssa. 2019. “Open+: Versioning Open Social Scholarship”. KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies 3 (1):18.



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