Date(s) - 07/06/2015
University of Victoria
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An INKE- and Iter-hosted event @ the Digital Humanities Summer Institute
7 June 2015, 1pm-4pm
University of Victoria, BC, Canada
dhsi.org/events.php | #dhsi15skc
How can we shape the future of scholarly production to address the needs of many? What existing tools and platforms stimulate knowledge creation across communities? In the digital age, what role do scholars play in inspiring, developing, or harnessing social knowledge creation?
This mini-conference, “Social Knowledge Creation in the Humanities,” provokes conversation and stimulates activity around issues of social knowledge creation. We welcome researchers, students, and practitioners who wish to engage intellectually with this topic, as well as to do some hands-on experimentation with related practices and initiatives.
Tentative schedule as of March 17th, 2015. Subject to change.
- 1.00-1.10 Welcome, Ray Siemens (U Victoria) & William R. Bowen (U Toronto)
- 1.10-1.15 Overview, Alyssa Arbuckle (U Victoria)
1.15-1.45 Opening talk and Q&A: John Maxwell (Director, SFU Publishing Program), “‘The Simplest Thing that Could Possibly Work’: Wikis and Convivial Knowledge Creation.”
Abstract: A working wiki is the textual embodiment of a community of inquiry—the community’s ongoing representation of itself, a collective auto-ethnography continuously revised and re-created by its members. It is a system that adapts to or incorporates the social/cultural norms of trust and give-and-take that undergird any serious educational or cultural endeavour. As a technology, wiki succeeds because of simplicity. An environment that is almost without “features,” a wiki’s core dynamics operate on an editorial level—through writing, rewriting and linking—rather than a ‘system administration’ level. This insight alone positions wikis as a serious alternative to feature-rich bespoke content management (and learning management) systems.
The Publishing Program at SFU has employed wikis as social knowledge creation environments in research and teaching contexts for more than ten years. Over the same time, wikis and the thinking around open online collaborative environment have evolved considerably. We’ve learned many lessons about collaboration, writing and editing, authorship, centralized vs decentralized systems, software development, and indeed new ways of thinking about scholarship and scholarly communication. This talk presents some structured reflection on the practice and discourse surrounding what Ward Cunningham called “the simplest thing that could possibly work.”
Bio: John W. Maxwell is Director of the Publishing Program at SFU, where his research & teaching focus is on the impact of digital technologies in the Canadian book and magazine industries, the history/evolution of digital media, the design of digital production workflows, and, more broadly, the emergence of digital-native genres. He has been working in new media since the early ’90s, in educational publishing, content management, SGML and XML, learning technologies, and virtual communities. John’s graduate research was on the history of personal and educational computing at Xerox PARC in the 1970s. He is currently working on recovering the birth of digital publishing technology at the Coach House Press in the 1970s.
- 1.45-2.05 Lightning paper Session 1: Complexity, Flexibility, and their Limits
- David Wright (Douglas C), “What 3D Printing Might Teach Us About Fabricating Truths.”
- Juliette Levy (U California, Riverside), “Digital Zombies in the Academy.”
- Alex Christie (U Victoria), “Open Source Interpretation Using z-Axis Maps.”
- 2.05-2.25 Lightning paper Session 2: The Interpersonal in Knowledge Work
- Daniel Powell (U Victoria, King’s College London), “Editors at Work: Social Practices and the Making of Digital Scholarly Editions.”
- Randa El-Khatib (American U of Beirut), “Integrating Social Knowledge Creation into the Humanities.”
- Sjobor Hammer (Case Western Reserve U), “Face, Space, and Anxiety: An Ethnographic Study of the Kansas Historical Society’s Social Media Usage.”
- 2.25-2.30 Quick break
- 2.30-2.50 Lightning paper Session 3: Opening and Managing Spaces for Social Knowledge
- John F. Barber (Washington State U, Vancouver), “Digital Radio and Social Knowledge Creation in the Humanities.”
- Matthew Hiebert (U Victoria), “Crowdsourcing an Environmental Scan: Triangulating a Model for a Field of Knowledge.”
- Juliette Levy (U California, Riverside), “The Production of Value and the Value of Production in the Digital University.”
- 2.50-2.55 Quick break
- 2.55-3.55, Brief Workshops
- 2.55-3.15 Workshop 1, Libraries and Archives: Matt Huculak (U Victoria), Heather Dean (Special Collections, U Victoria), and Lara Wilson (Special Collections, U Victoria), “How Can We Shape the Future by Relying on Our Past? The ‘Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon’ as a Model for Community Engagement in the Library.”
- 3.15-3.35 Workshop 2, Online Academic Communities: William R. Bowen (U Toronto), Matthew Hiebert (U Victoria), and Daniel Powell (U Victoria, King’s College London), “Iter Community and the Renaissance Knowledge Network (ReKN).”
- 3.35-3.55 Workshop 3, Digital Pedagogy: Alex Christie (U Victoria), “Building Social Repositories and Extending their Applications (by Pedagogy Toolkit).”
- 3.55-4.00 Closing Comments, Alyssa Arbuckle (U Victoria)
Registration is free and open to all DHSI 2015 participants. Please RSVP via https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/social-knowledge-creation-in-the-humanities-tickets-16210267346 to reserve a spot. You may register for DHSI 2015 via http://dhsi.org/registration.html.