Knowledge Synthesis: Sustaining Digital Scholarship for Sustainable Culture

Kyle Bean's book/laptop

This SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis project, dedicated to identifying strategies for maintaining the vitality of humanities scholarship and the cultural sector by means of electronic scholarly activity, including archiving, editing and dissemination, took place in the autumn of 2010.

The final report is available here.

The study engaged with the debate over Canada’s digital economy strategy initiated in May 2010.

image source: Kyle Bean on The Future of Books

Project Leader: Susan Brown

Team members:

Di Brandt, Professor and Canada Research Chair, English/Creative Writing, Brandon University; poet, multimedia collaborator and critic; her Poetry Video Lab experiments with and develops innovative multimedia approaches to production of poetry and ecopoetics. Co-recipient of 2010 Roy prize for best Canadian literary criticism and 2009 Foreword Gold Medal for Fiction.

Andrew Bretz, Graduate Research Assistant, PhD Candidate; specialist in early modern drama; background in pedagogy and the use of digital tools in the classroom.

Lynn Copeland, former Dean of Library Services and University Librarian, Simon Fraser; President,, non-profit provider of canadiana online and leader of initiative to digitize Canada’s heritage; leader in reimagining libraries in the online environment; instrumental in bringing the Public Knowledge Project to SFU

Patricia Demers, Professor, English and Film Studies, University of Alberta; Fellow and Past President of the Royal Society of Canada; Director, Digital Humanities Research Studio and Editor; PI, SSHRC SRG on Canadian Women Writers since 1950, with online and reader survey components

Michael Eberle-Sinatra, Associate Professor, Études Anglaises, Montréal; President, Synergies CFI project; President (French), Society for Digital Humanities/Société pour l’étude des médias interactifs; founding editor in 1996 of peer-reviewed electronic journal, Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net

Daniel Fischlin, Professor and University Research Chair, English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph; Director, Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare project; co-investigator and General Series Editor of books associated with the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice MCRI project; co-editor of online, peer-reviewed Critical Studies in Improvisation/Études critiques en improvisation

Dean Irvine, Associate Professor, English, Dalhousie; Leader, Editing Modernisms in Canada SSRHC Strategic Clusters Project which combines innovative digital editing initiatives and collaborative scholarship with strong print publishing partnerships with major Canadian university presses

Hannah McGregor , Graduate Research Assistant; specialist in contemporary Canadian literature; Doctoral Fellow at TransCanada Institute; Graduate Fellow for EMiC.

Ashok Mathur, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair, Thompson Rivers; novelist and poet; Director of Centre for Innovation in the Arts in Canada; works for cultural dissemination for disenfranchised groups; recipient of SSHRC Research-Creation grant

Robyn Read, new scholar with digital humanities experience and specialization in contemporary Canadian literature; Editor, Freehand Books, the literary imprint of Broadview Press; exploring how digital media can help small presses compensate for lack of publicity and distribution

Susan Rudy, Professor, English, Calgary; scholar of contemporary Canadian writing; editor of several digital archives for living artists including currently the Erín Moure Living Knowledge Site

Stan Ruecker, Associate Professor, Humanities Computing and English, Alberta; specialist in digital humanities and innovative online scholarly interfaces

Ray Siemens, Professor, English and Humanities Computing, and Canada Research Chair, Victoria; Director, Electronic Textual Cultures Lab; PI, Implementing the New Knowledge Environment MCRI Project

Chantal Savoie, Professeure, Département des littératures, Laval; co-applicant on La vie littéraire au Québec project; current digital research project on Québecoise women writers and the press

Stephen Slemon, Professor, English and Film Studies, Alberta; specialist in Canadian and postcolonial literature; Chair, SSHRC Aid to Scholarly Publications Program

Darren Wershler, Assistant Professor, Concordia; Canadian Film Centre Media Lab TELUS Interactive Art & Entertainment Program; poet; member of ArtMob project in moblizing and publicly archiving Canadian visual and literary art; senior editor when Coach House Press became first in world to publish frontlist at once digitally and in print; digital content management consultant

Robin Sokoloski, Executive Director, Playwrights Guild of Canada; background in innovative dissemination of work from the Guild’s national youth arts program

Ron Walker, Executive Director,, non-profit provider of canadiana online and leader of initiative to digitize Canada’s heritage; successful entrepreneurial background in technology industry

Ann Wilson, Associate Professor, English and Theatre Studies, Guelph; co-editor, Modern Drama and Canadian Theatre Review; organizer, 2nd International Women Playwrights Conference; leader of research project partnering with Playwrights Guild