The Canadian Society of Digital Humanities/Société canadienne des humanités numériques (CSDH-SCHN) stands in support of open inquiry and scholarly communication, as outlined in our position on diversity and inclusion. For this reason we stand in opposition to any action that would limit the expression of these core academic values, including restricting travel or access on the basis of nationality, religion, gender, race, or other means of aggregating individuals. This opposition includes the recent executive orders restricting travel or return to the United States.
As Canada’s national DH organization attached to both our own annual conference, held at Ryerson University in Toronto this year, and DH2017, this year’s annual conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) in Montreal, two events which draw large international audiences of professional scholars and students, we are deeply concerned about the effect recent world events will have on the ability of our colleagues to come together in the spirit of open inquiry and scholarly communication. We offer our assistance to the organizational teams of both events to assist in accommodating any changes that may need to be made to either the program or how the program is delivered. Further, as a constituent organization of ADHO, we will continue to lobby for future events to be located in places that support freedom of movement and other principles that are essential to the pursuit of academic excellence and the enjoyment of basic human rights.
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CSDH/SCHN submitted in September a response to the Government of Canada’s Fundamental Science Review. Initiated by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, the review asked Canadians whether there were gaps in the country’s fundamental research funding ecosystem that need to be addressed and whether we could usefully learn from what is being done other countries.
Many thanks for Dr. Constance Crompton, CSDH VP (English) for leading the consultation with members of CSDH/SCHN that led to our response.
The response can be found here:
Recently, There have been announcements by several digital humanities societies of their own statements or policies regarding diversity and inclusivity amongst members. As representatives of the Canadian Society of Digital Humanities/Société canadienne des humanités numériques the executive board has decided to ask for the help of the larger DH community in initiating thoughts on what diversity and inclusivity mean within the context of digital humanities.
In the first stage of this process, we are taking to Twitter to ask digital humanists to let us know their thoughts on this topic, and asking them to include the hashtag #DiverseDH in order for us to keep track of their contributions. The second stage will see a subcommittee of the exec analyse and rework these thoughts into a comprehensive statement, which will then be made publicly available for comment in a Google Doc. The third stage will see these comments taken into consideration, and the subcommittee will once again rework the statement to submit for approval at the CSDH/SCHN AGM in Calgary this June.
We thank each of you who participates in the process. There are links to several recent statements below, to help generate ideas for your own 140 characters!
ADHO’s Conference Code of Conduct
EADH Diversity and Inclusivity Statement
DHSI Statement on Ethics and Inclusion
Here’s to making DH a comfortable, generous, and safe space for all involved,
The CSDH/SCHN Executive
Below is CSDH/SCHN’s whitepaper written in response to Compute Canada’s SPARC II call. It builds on CSDH/SCHN’s 2014 paper which responded to the first SPARC call. This second whitepaper, like the 2014 whitepaper, results from a call for input from the DH community at large. It focuses on staffing and training; allocation processes; and sustainability, data management, and long-term storage. Humanities and social science scholars make up one of Compute Canada’s fastest growing user groups and so we are glad to have the opportunity to work together with Compute Canada to support the community’s advanced research computing needs.
Whitepaper presented by the Canadian Society for digital humanities / Société canadienne des humanités numériques (CSDH/SCHN) in response to Compute / Calcul Canada’s Call for Whitepapers for Sustainable Planning for Advanced Research Computing Phase II (SPARC2 2016)
The CSDH/SCHN executive is seeking input on a coda to the society’s 2014 Compute Canada White Paper The 2014 paper successfully communicated the needs of our communities to Compute Canada, and empowered them to express those needs to CFI and the federal government. As Compute Canada prepares their application of the next round of operations funding we would be glad to be able to offer an update to the white paper, outlining which of the changes that they have made have been most useful to our community and which needs we anticipate in the coming years.
If you use Compute Canada resources or think that you may between now and 2022, please drop Constance Crompton a line at email@example.com before February 16th.
We are posting here a high-level summary of the outcome of a series of conversations regarding the CFI Cyberinfrastructure Initiative among Canadian Digital Humanists. …
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CSDH/SCHN is pleased to make available its response to CFI’s Cyberinfrastructure Draft Call. This response follows consultation with various digital humanists across Canada, including librarians, students and faculty.
The CSDH/SCHN response is available as a PDF.
A new group called “Student Advocates for the Future of the Humanities” (StuHum) has been founded for students by students to advocate for the value of the humanities. They have a mission video here: http://youtu.be/gadutmy_H8k.
For opportunities to participate in StuHum activities, such as contributing to StuHum Stories or engaging in Twitter chats with StuVoice (one coming up on March 10), see their website at http://stuhum.org/ or follow #StuHum on Twitter.
It’s clear from the latest Digital Infrastructure Summit in Ottawa last month, building on the work of the Leadership Council on Digital Infrastructure, that Data Management Plans for researchers will be a component of the movement towards a national digital infrastructure, and are likely to be required within a couple of years.
Not sure what a Data Management Plan would involve? What SSHRC requires will emerge over time, but see this lovely blog post by Michael Ullyot of the University of Calgary about data management plans and open scholarship following from the recent consultations following from the responses to the Tri-Council+ Big Data paper.
CSDH/SCHN seeks input from DH researchers to inform responses to 3 policy initiatives, of which you are probably already aware. Please send any thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, Dec. 6. You are also of course invited to provide individual responses on any of these initiatives. …
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