The first event in the Launching a Digital Commons for the Humanities and Social Sciences series took place online on January 24, 2022, from 8.45am-12.30pm PST (Victoria). It was intended for researchers, librarians, academic administrators, information and technology professionals, students, and emerging scholars. Participants discussed issues relevant to open digital commons such as the Canadian Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Commons (hsscommons.ca)–an in-development, national-scale, bilingual (French and English) network.


The Canadian HSS Commons fosters an open environment for Canadian researchers to share, access, re-purpose, and develop scholarly projects, publications, educational resources, data, and tools. It includes a subject repository for open access publications that assigns digital object identifiers upon upload and follows FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) guidelines for data management; a project development environment that can integrate with Google Drive, Dropbox, or GitHub; individual user profiles, with federated login/identity authorization, including with ORCID; blogging capabilities; subject interest groups; tools to facilitate member interactions (e.g., profile building, and messaging); and more.


To learn more about the Launching a Digital Commons for the Humanities and Social Sciences, please visit the project pages for our Congress (May 12, 2022) and Digital Humanities Summer Institute (June 9, 2022) events.