Special Issues

Vol. 6, No. 3 (2022): Metadata as Knowledge

A special issue of KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies that takes up the critical relationship between metadata and knowledge. The issue includes articles and project reports that address metadata, hidden knowledge, and labour; standards versus expression; knowledge sharing and reuse of metadata; forays into open and shared knowledge; linked data, metadata translation, and discovery; and machine learning and knowledge graphs. Although rarely an object of notice or scrutiny by its users, metadata governs the circulation of information and has the power to name, broadcast, normalize, oppress, and exclude. As the contributions to this issue demonstrate, metadata is knowledge, and metadata creators, systems, and practices must contend with how metadata means.

Guest Editors: Stacy Allison-Cassin and Dean Seeman

Collection launched: July 27, 2022 | View this collection


Vol. 5, No. 1 (2021): Indigenous Knowledges 

“Indigenous Knowledges” is a special issue of KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies guest edited by Robert L. A. Hancock, Ry Moran, Carey Newman, Shelagh Rogers, and Andrea Walsh. The cross-disciplinary issue features sixteen pieces from over fifty contributors, whose contributions on many different subjects and in diverse formats—project reports, research articles, a commentary, a teaching reflection, and multimedia conversations—reflect the plurality of Indigenous Knowledges and ways of knowing. 

Guest Editors: Robert L. A. Hancock, Ry Moran, Carey Newman, Shelagh Rogers, and Andrea Walsh

Collection launched: June 22, 2021| View this collection


Vol. 3 (2019): Methodologies of Understanding and Enacting Open Scholarship

Based on the proceedings of the 2017 Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) conference, these essays explore how Networked Open Social Scholarship might be adopted in the academy in order to revision research, pedagogy, and scholarly communication. Authors provide definitions for open social scholarship and methodologies for working in the field with the stated aim of developing new models for collaboration among faculty, students, and the wider non-university community.

Guest Editor: J. Matthew Huculak

Collection launched: 19 Feb 2019 | View this collection



Vol. 3 (2019): Beyond Open: Implementing Social Scholarship

Researchers, universities, and funding agencies are becoming increasingly cognizant of the significance of open scholarship and are focusing on how to embrace and enact social contexts, roles, and activities. As academia continues on its trajectory towards more open and more social practices—including active collaboration, community building, and knowledge mobilization—opportunities arise to create knowledge across traditional disciplinary and institutional boundaries, as well as with members of the broader public. This potential for fostering dynamic linkages, diverse communities, and public interaction is a call to action and implementation. On January 10-11 2018 the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE; inke.ca) 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.

Guest Editors: Alyssa Arbuckle, Luis Meneses, and Raymond G. Siemens

Collection launched: 19 Feb 2019 | View this collection



Vol. 2 (2018): Endangered Knowledge

This special issue of KULA on the subject of ‘endangered knowledge’ comprises 22 essays by 34 authors working across a wide array of disciplines and fields. Guest editors Samantha MacFarlane, Rachel Mattson, and Bethany Nowviskie have assembled a collection of scholarly articles, pedagogical reflections, and project reports that take up theoretical and practical considerations of archival salvage and erasure, the persistence of the public record, indigenous knowledge, and the politics of loss. The special issue explores endangerment as a critical category of analysis for records, data, collections, languages, ecosystems, and networks.

Guest editors: Samantha MacFarlane, Rachel Mattson, and Bethany Nowviskie

Collection launched: 29 Nov 2018 | View this collection