Pragmatic Adventures in Open Scholarship

Time: 14.30 - 17.00

Venue: Kilburn Building, G.41; University of Manchester; M13 9PL

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This surgery will consist of two presentations, followed by discussion and consultation. The first talk, “Some Contexts and Pragmatics for Open Scholarship,” by Ray Siemens will explore the contexts and pragmatics of open scholarship initiatives supported by the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL; and the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE; project in the context of the Canadian Social Knowledge Institute (C-SKI; The second talk, by Luis Meneses, will be on the Social Media Engine project, part of a partnership also with the Erudit consortium and the Public Knowledge Project; SME is a framework that introduces social media into the context of an Open Access repository, involving the integration of data mining and discovery tools to the end of increasing our understanding of the impact that digital technologies can have in the process of circulating knowledge, while fostering and furthering the existing relationship between researchers and society at large.

The sessions will be led by Professor Ray Siemens and Dr Luis Meneses:

Ray Siemens (U Victoria, Canada; is Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Victoria, in English and Computer Science, and past Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing (2004-15); in 2019, he is also Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Loughborough U and Global Innovation Chair in Digital Humanities at U Newcastle (2019-22).

Luis Meneses is a Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Director (Technical Development) of the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL) 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 focuses on the development of tools that facilitate open social scholarship.

Professor Ray Siemens’ visit to the UK is funded by a Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship. For any queries about the programme of activities, please contact Dr Lise Jaillant: