Friday, February 29, 2008

2008 Digital Humanities Summer Institute: Scholarships

The University of Victoria's Digital Humanities Summer Institute is scheduled for May 26 - 30, 2008. For details, see

If your library or faculty is involved in publishing using Open Journal Systems, Session 5 may be of particular interest:

Online Journal Publishing Using PKP's Open Journals System (OJS)
PKP Staff (Alec Smecher and James MacGregor)

Participants will be instructed in all aspects of the installation, configuration, customization, and operation of the OJS software, including a technical overview of the PKP software suite. By the end of the week-long session, participants will have created a fully operational OJS instance and/or become familiarized with writing OJS code plug-ins. Journal teams consisting of editorial, management, and technical staff are especially encouraged to register for this session as there will be opportunities for specialized instruction in each of these areas.

Thanks to the generosity of SSHRC, there are a limited number of Scholarships available.

This post brings together several examples of Canadian Leadership in the Open Access Movement. Open Journal Systems (OJS) is free, open source software which greatly facilitates the process of publishing, particularly peer reviewed journals, and is used by over 1,000 journals around the world. OJS has greatly advanced open access; all known OJS journals are either fully open access, or provide free access to back issues. OJS was developed by thePublic Knowledge Project, initially developed by world-renowned Canadian open access advocate John Willinsky.

Canada's Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, which is generously providing funding for the scholarships, adopted a position in favour of open access in 2004, and is currently leading in an innovative Aid to Open Access Research Journals.

If you are planning to attend the Canadian Library Association 2008 Conference, the Digital Humanities Summer Institute is the week after.