Sponsored by the Canadian Social Knowledge Institute and its partners

For 2024, we are pleased to be able to award 2 Open Scholarship Awards and 2 Emerging Open Scholarship Awards, as well as a number of honourable mentions in each category.

Open Scholarship Awards (2024), for open scholarship carried out by scholars, librarians, citizen scholars, research professionals, and administrators.


  • David Nelson (American Philosophical Society), contribution to Visualizing Women in Science
  • Clare Daniel (Tulane U), Jacquelyne Thoni Howard (Tulane U), Liv Newman (Tulane U), Niya Bond (StraighterLine), Enilda Romero Hall (U Tennessee Knoxville), Feminist Pedagogy for Teaching Online

Honourable Mentions:

  • Courtney Rivard (U North Carolina), Lauren Tilton (U Richmond), Taylor Arnold (U Richmond). Layered Lives: Rhetoric and Representation in the Southern Life History Project
  • Hannah MacGregor (Simon Fraser U), Amplify Podcast Network
  • Erin Fields (U British Columbia), #HonouringIndigenousWriters Edit-athon</li

Emerging Open Scholarship Awards (2024), for open scholarship carried out by undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early stage professionals.


  • Silvia Rivera Alfaro & Natalia Villarroel Torres (Indisciplinadxs: Feminist Linguistics), Repository of Feminist Linguistics
  • Sara Mohr (Hamilton C), Where is the Cuneiform?

Honourable Mentions:

  • Darren Reid (U C London), Ab Uno Sanguine: Letters to the Aborigines’ Protection Society
  • Mia Borgia (Larson Texts), Blues Analysis Project
  • Alexandra E. LaGrand (Texas A&M U), Points Like A Man: The Shakespearean Breeches Performance Catalogue 1660-1900

Open scholarship incorporates open access, open data, open education, and other related movements that have the potential to make scholarly work more efficient, more accessible, and more usable by those within and beyond the academy. By engaging with open practices for academic work, open scholarship shares that work more broadly and more publicly.

Nature of the Awards

Award recipients demonstrate exemplary open scholarship via research, projects, or initiatives. These awards are intended to acknowledge and celebrate exemplary open scholarship, nominated via an open process. In addition to the recognition of accomplishment that comes with such acknowledgement, the Canadian Social Knowledge Institute will also offer one tuition scholarship for each recipient to the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI; dhsi.org). The Canadian Social Knowledge Institute would like to thank Alyssa Arbuckle (U Victoria), Suzanne Beth (Érudit), Laura Estill (St. Francis Xavier U), Bridget Moynihan (U Ottawa), Hannah Paveck (Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences), Jon Saklofske (Acadia U), Lynne Siemens (U Victoria), Ray Siemens (U Victoria), and Simon van Bellen (Érudit) for their involvement in the 2024 awards.

About the Canadian Social Knowledge Institute

The Canadian Social Knowledge Institute (C-SKI) actively engages issues related to open social scholarship: creating and disseminating research and research technologies in ways that are accessible and significant to a broad audience that includes specialists and active non-specialists.C-SKI’s activities include awareness raising, knowledge mobilization, training, public engagement, scholarly communication, and pertinent research and development on local, national, and international levels.

C-SKI is located in the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab at the UVic Libraries Digital Scholarship Commons. Originated in 2015, it is also the coordinating body for the work of the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) Partnership, the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL), and the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI).

C-SKI’s partners, through INKE, include: Advanced Research Consortium, Canadian Association of Research Libraries, Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing, Canadian Research Knowledge Network, Compute Canada Federation, Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory, Digital Humanities Research Group at Western Sydney U, Edith Cowan U, Érudit, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Iter: Gateway to the Renaissance, J.E. Halliwell Associates, Public Knowledge Project, Simon Fraser U Library, U Victoria Libraries, and Voyant Tools, among others.

Project Descriptions: 2024 Open Scholarship Awards

David Nelson (American Philosophical Society), 2024 Open Scholarship Award Winner

Contribution to Visualizing Women in Science

Women in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries participated in science: a field that was sometimes open to them, but more often than not structural barriers inhibited their full participation. While some women scientists received notoriety and fame, there are many who have been historically marginalized and lost within the archival record. Visualizing Women in Science uses the vast archival collections of the American Philosophical Society to recover biographies and information about women in science not previously known. The visualization at the heart of the project illustrates the networks of women (and some men) that were essential to sustaining women’s work in science. From brief biographies to data visualizations, Visualizing Women in Science demonstrates the significance of these scientists and their many accomplishments.

Clare Daniel (Tulane U), Jacquelyne Thoni Howard (Tulane U), Liv Newman (Tulane U), Niya Bond (StraighterLine), Enilda Romero Hall (U Tennessee Knoxville), 2024 Open Scholarship Award Winner

Feminist Pedagogy for Teaching Online

Building on the work of feminist scholars such as Cathryn Bailey, Jennifer Purcell, and Young-Ai Chung, this guide assists educators in applying feminist pedagogical principles to their online teaching. This guide provides resources about integrating feminist pedagogy and technology into online, hybrid, and traditional undergraduate courses. The editors specifically designed the guide to support interdisciplinary topics and fields and to focus on active learning practices in social sciences, the liberal arts, and the humanities. The guide includes essays, tutorials, and assignment descriptions, as well as information on accessibility and universal design. Through this work, the editors illustrate how feminist pedagogy can promote collaborative learning, prompt students to be agentic co-educators, produce mutually respectful, supportive, and inclusive classrooms, and connect course content to students’ personal lives and communities beyond academia.

Courtney Rivard (U North Carolina), Lauren Tilton (U Richmond), Taylor Arnold (U Richmond), 2024 Open Scholarship Award Honourable Mention

Layered Lives: Rhetoric and Representation in the Southern Life History Project

An open access and open source project, Layered Lives: Race and Representation in the Southern Life History Project (Stanford University Press, 2022), recovers the history of the Southern Life History Project (SLHP) through an interdisciplinary approach that combines close readings of archival material with computational methods that analyze the collection at scale. The Southern Life History Project, a Federal Writers’ Project initiative, put unemployed writers to work during the Great Depression by capturing the stories of everyday people across the Southeast through a new form of social documentation called “life histories.” Layered Lives demonstrates an entangled story about: how the life histories, as a new genre of documentary writing concerned with capturing authenticity, contested existing approaches to producing sociological knowledge and public memory; the role that gender, class, and race played in negotiating these new methods; and how these life histories helped to shape notions of what it meant to be a Southerner during a time of political, social, and economic unrest. Contributing to scholarship in American Studies, Digital Humanities, Documentary Studies, and Rhetorical Studies, this open-source, open-data digital project gives readers an opportunity to explore archival materials and data alongside the argument, which opens new forms of reading and interaction in the humanities.

Hannah MacGregor (Simon Fraser U), 2024 Open Scholarship Award Honourable Mention

Amplify Podcast Network

The SSHRC-funded Amplify Podcast Network, led by PI Dr. Hannah McGregor, is a collaboration focused on experimentation, advocacy and infrastructure creation for scholarly podcasting, with a focus on podcasts committed to anti-racism, feminist social justice, and community-building. We’re committed to supporting the creation of new scholarly podcasts, while also building the support needed, from new peer review processes to digital preservation tools to open access guides to making your own academic podcast.

Erin Fields (U British Columbia), 2024 Open Scholarship Award Honourable Mention

#HonouringIndigenousWriters Edit-athon

In December 2015 Daniel Heath Justice began a Twitter campaign to share the names of Indigenous writers. In solidarity with his efforts, in 2018 a group of interested individuals from the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program, UBC Library, and the Centre for Teaching and Learning Technology at the University of British Columbia came together to develop the first Honouring Indigenous Writers Wikipedia event held as part of Open Education Week. The purpose of the event was to increase awareness of Indigenous literature and improve the coverage of Indigenous writers on Wikipedia. Since then, the event has evolved to include author readings, panel discussions, and workshops with many partnerships from Canadian academic institutions and organizations. #HonouringIndigenousWriters is now entering its sixth year. More than 12,112 words have been added, and a total of forty-nine articles have been edited or created, featuring authors such as Billy-Ray Belcourt, Jordan Abel, Kim Senklip Harvey, Lisa Bird-Wilson, and many more. It has also served as a platform for readings by and conversations with internationally recognized Indigenous authors including Joshua Whitehead, Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Billy-Ray Belcourt, and Marilyn Dumont, amongst others.

Project Descriptions: 2024 Emerging Open Scholarship Awards

Silvia Rivera Alfaro & Natalia Villarroel Torres (Indisciplinadxs: Feminist Linguistics), 2024 Emerging Open Scholarship Award Winner

Repository of Feminist Linguistics

The Spanish Feminist Linguistics Repository is a public-facing digital resource created by Indisciplinadxs as a response to the silences in Spanish-speaking academia. Indisciplinadxs is a digital community of language professionals and scholars across the Americas. The repository was born as a response to the problems we identified. The first problem is the little recognition of feminist-oriented language studies and the scarcity of courses on the subject in Spanish language majors, which implies a lack of recognized bibliographies. The second problem is the difficulty of accessing primary sources to be used for the study of the voices of Latinx and Latin American women and LGTBQ communities and how they have taken the floor politically. Our goal is to curate resources to help language professionals and scholars, and the general audience find the materials related to the field. For this Indisciplinadxs prioritize open access resources to include the complete materials, but also lists copyrighted materials to help make visible the production of knowledge around the topics of gender and language. As a digital resource, the Repository is a way of doing cyberactivism by generating metadata on feminist linguistics studies and helping make the research of the area more easily findable. For its creation, members of Indisciplinadxs’ have had to research controlled languages and learn about digital technologies. The Repository is based on DSpace, an open source software, and it is hosted on a Raspberry Pi, which is used as the server, at the house of one of the members of the team.

Sara Mohr (Hamilton C), 2024 Emerging Open Scholarship Award Winner

Where is the Cuneiform?  

Where is the Cuneiform? is an attempt to identify, digitally reunite, and align the histories of collections of cuneiform objects in colleges and universities in the United States. The project is composed of four main components: 1. A symbol map built in Tableau Public identifies where each collection can be found. Each point represents either a collection that is actively maintained or a collection that once belonged to a university or college that has since closed. If an institution has closed and the current location of their collection is known, that current location is represented on the map. Each point includes information on the name of the institution, where on that institution’s campus the collection can be found (if known), the state and city where the institution is located, and the stable URL for the collection in the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI) if digitized. 2. A network map built in Flourish that displays how these collections are related to each other. Each connection on the map represents a connection based period the object was created, period the object was acquired, provenance, and provenience. 3. A dataset in Airtable listing each collection for which I have information with tags based on which people, places, or time periods are represented in those collections. 4. A timeline built in Timeline JS of collection formations and dissolutions, highlighting any known information on cuneiform objects entering or exiting college and university collections.

Darren Reid (U C London), 2024 Emerging Open Scholarship Award Honourable Mention

Ab Uno Sanguine: Letters to the Aborigines’ Protection Society

Ab Uno Sanguine is a browser-based historical video game connected with a database of digitized historical primary sources that enables players to play with and explore the history of the Aborigines’ Protection Society, an Indigenous rights organization that operated out of the UK between 1837-1909. As secretary of this Society, players have two tasks. First, they must review intelligence received in letters from the colonies and make a simple decision for each letter: to either accept the letter and take action upon it, or reject the letter and do nothing. Each decision has consequences for the Society’s finances: good decisions align with social expectations and attract supporters, while bad decisions transgress social expectations and repel supporters. The second task is to allocate the funds received between the Society’s primary expenses: office rental, publication fees, delegation costs, and member activities. Victory is achieved by preventing bankruptcy and maintaining the Society’s lobbying efforts after a set amount of time in the face of rising racism and declining concern about Indigenous peoples, but the nature of victory is dependent on player decisions. The game is built alongside a database of digitized versions of the actual historical letters that players encounter in the game, and an overlayed citation system is integrated into the game to allow players to seamlessly move between game and database. Finally, the database website is further complemented by a series of easy to understand YouTube videos and blog posts providing players with historical context about the content of the game.

Mia Borgia (Larson Texts), 2024 Emerging Open Scholarship Award Honourable Mention

Blues Analysis Project

In honor of the many legends of the blues, the Blues Analysis project team gathered a vast collection of blues lyrics from various foundational blues artists to conduct intriguing analysis on various aspects of the blues. Primary research questions include:

  • How many of the blues songs from our collection were written and performed by the same artist?
  • How many original songs are widely shared across many different perfomring artists?
  • What is the decade range of our blues song collection?
  • How many blues artists in our collection have written songs which outlived them, or at least their own performances?
  • Which artists and songwriters tend to be interconnected the most? (Performer/Songwriter relationship patterns)
  • Are there key words or phrases that tend to be used frequently across our collection of lyrics? What are they, and what are their origins or significance to the blues genre?

Alexandra E. LaGrand (Texas A&M U), 2024 Emerging Open Scholarship Award Honourable Mention

Points Like A Man: The Shakespearean Breeches Performance Catalogue 1660-1900

Points Like A Man: The Shakespearean Breeches Performance Catalogue is a digital project aiming to curate records of individual Shakespearean breeches performances by actresses from 1660 to 1900. Breeches roles are roles written as male characters but played by a woman actress, and disguise roles are women characters, played by women actresses, that disguise as men in the course of their play. Our database explores both kinds of roles. We collect records of Shakespearean breeches performances by actresses, inclusive of breeches and disguise roles, from 1660 to 1900. While breeches and disguise roles were performed and embodied beyond this period, it is during this period that the genre of breeches performance rose to immense prominence. Because of this, we focus on this 240-year time frame to study these roles. Our project began by focusing on performances by actresses in London, but will seek to curate records of breeches performances from around the world. Our scope, therefore, is far-reaching. Each catalogue record features information about a particular breeches performance, including actress name, date of performance, type of role (breeches or disguise), role name, play name, theatre and location of theatre, and source of record. Beyond this information, each record will eventually aim to include supplementary links to digitized materials from the performance, including prompt books, playbills, and images or prints when available. The aim of the catalogue is to provide a resource wherein students, researchers, and scholars can read about, explore, and study the rich genre of Shakespearean breeches performance.