John W Maxwell

Scaling Relevance: Establishing Value in the Commons

So much of the contemporary discourse around open scholarly infrastructures still seems dependent on an ethic of "if you build it they will come," even though we know from the history of print cultures that authority, trust, and value are hard-won qualities that are underpinned by dynamic political, social, cultural, and economic work. This contribution examines the ways we think about scale, scarcity, abundance, and relevance in both online and print contexts. Broad scholarly commons appear as a particular intervention in the struggle for and against platform dominance in contemporary scholarly communications. To what extent do these interventions work counter to print-capitalist models, and to what extent are they still dependent on such figures?


Launching a Digital Commons for the Humanities and Social Sciences: DHSI

An Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) Partnership and Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) Aligned Event
Thursday, June 9, 2022, 1.00-3.00pm PDT (Victoria)


  1. commons
  2. peer review

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