Introduction, <i>Beyond Open: Implementing Social Scholarship</i>


  • Alyssa Arbuckle University of Victoria
  • Luis Meneses University of Victoria
  • Ray Siemens University of Victoria



open social scholarship, scholarly communication, open access, open scholarship, digital humanities


On January 10–11 2018 the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) Partnership held Beyond Open: Implementing Social Scholarship, a gathering that brought ~60 researchers, students, librarians, and academic-aligned groups together on the topics of scholarly communication, open access, and community engagement. This special issue is a snapshot of the event proceedings, organized around open social scholarship theory, infrastructure, and projects. Wide-ranging in content, the authors included here all come together under the banner of imagining more social, community-minded applications for academic work.


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Author Biographies

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 Candidate at the University of Victoria, studying open social scholarship and its implementation. 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.

Luis Meneses, University of Victoria

Dr. Luis Meneses is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Victoria. He is a Fulbright scholar, and currently serves on the board of the TEI Consortium and on the IEEE Technical Committee on Digital Libraries. His research interests include digital humanities, digital libraries, information retrieval and human-computer interaction. His research at the ETCL focusses on the development of tools that facilitate open social scholarship.

Ray Siemens, University of Victoria

Dr. Ray Siemens is Distinguished Professor at the University of Victoria (in English and the Humanities with cross-appointment in Computer Science) and previous Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing, 2004-15. He is also Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London, and has been Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for English Studies London (2005, 2008), Visiting Research Professor at Sheffield Hallam University (2004-11), and Visiting Research Professor in Digital Humanities at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto (2010) – serving as Vice-President Research Dissemination for the Canadian Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences, Director of the SSHRC MCRI-funded Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) project, Director of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) and, recently, also as Chair of the Steering Committee for the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations. In the past, he has served as President (English) of the Society for Digital Humanities/Societe pour l’etude des medias interactifs, (SDH/SEMI, now CSDH/SCHN), Chair of the MLA Committee on Information Technology as well as Chair of the MLA Discussion Group on Computers in Language and Literature, and Director of the Centre for Digital Humanities Innovation.


Brown, Susan. 2016. “Towards Best Practices in Collaborative Online Knowledge Production.” In: Doing Digital Humanities: Practice, Training, Research, Constance Crompton, Richard J. Lane, and Siemens, Ray (Eds.), 47–64. London and New York: Routledge.

Eve, Martin Paul. 2014. Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies, and the Future. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. DOI:

Veletsianos, George. 2016. Social Media in Academia: Networked Scholars. London and New York: Routledge. DOI:

Willinsky, John. 2009. The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship. Cambridge: MIT Press.




How to Cite

Arbuckle, Alyssa, Luis Meneses, and Ray Siemens. 2019. “Introduction, <i>Beyond Open: Implementing Social Scholarship< I>”;. KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies 3 (1):8.

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