Open Access

Ten Other Things You Might Not Have Known About 20th-Century Aboriginal History in Canada

If there was a weekly prize for active historians in Canada, Ian Mosby would have been last week’s winner. Canadian national news media (including print, radio, television, and web) prominently featured Dr. Mosby’s recently published Histoire Sociale/Social History¬†article, “Administering Colonial Science: Nutrition Research and Human Biomedical Experimentation in Aboriginal Communities […]

Nature’s Past Live at University of Calgary: A Century of Parks Canada Book Launch

Nature’s Past, the Canadian environmental history podcast, will be recording a live round-table discussion with Claire Campbell and some of the contributors to a new edited collection called, A Century of Parks Canada, 1911-2011, on Monday, April 11th at the University of Calgary (MLT 909, 12pm to 2pm). This event […]

Oral History Forum Special Issue on Environmental History

Environmental historians with an interest in oral history research should check out the special issue of Oral History Forum that was recently published. Guest editors Alan MacEachern and Ryan O’Connor have assembled a fine collection of articles that reflect upon the practice of oral history methodologies in environmental history research. […]

Wikileaks and the History of Canada-US Relations

As many already know, the transparency activist website Wikileaks is in the process of publishing the text of about 250,000 US diplomatic cables this week. The revelations from the leaked cables range from the scandalous (and even criminal) to the mundane. But, like the previously released Afghanistan and Iraq war […]

Whose Library? The University of Toronto Library Fee Fiasco

Should publicly-funded Canadian university libraries charge fees for use? Should graduate students from other Canadian universities have to pay those fees? These are the questions being raised by graduate students at York University in Toronto, Ontario who face a proposed new fee to use the library resources at the University […]

Will Twitter Kill My Chance of Getting an Academic Job?

Remember a couple of years ago when there was a lot of discussion about employers using internet-based social networks, like Facebook and MySpace, to screen job applicants? We were advised to use these so-called Web 2.0 tools cautiously to avoid the possibility of a potential employer discovering embarrassing photos or […]

The Place to Start: Bailey's Open Access Bibliography

I really should have found this source sooner. Charles W. Bailey’s Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals is the best place to start for historians (or anyone else) looking to learn about open access and scholarly publishing. According to the description of the book, […]

Public Knowledge Project Conference 2009: Reflections

As promised, I have put together some general reflections on the recent Public Knowledge Project conference held in Vancouver from July 8th-10th. I attended the conference as part of my work on the Notes on Knowledge Mobilization page on the NiCHE website. I went to the conference with the intention […]

PKP Conference Notes: Rowland Lorimer and a New Journal

Rowland Lorimer, director of the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing, announced the beginning of a new journal called Scholarly Research and Communication at the Public Knowledge Project conference this afternoon. Lorimer’s closing keynote for the conference was a pretty rousing tour of the history of scholarly publishing and the […]

PKP Conference Notes: The Economics of Open Access Publishing for Scholarly Communications

This morning, I attended a very interesting session on the economics of open access publishing for scholarly communications at the Public Knowledge Project conference in Vancouver. The session began with a presentation from Heather Morrison, who spoke about the broad ideas and macroeconomic view of open access publishing for scholarly […]