INKE is a large, collaborative, targeted research intervention exploring open social scholarship, the digital humanities, electronic scholarly communication, and the affordances of electronic text. It is funded by a $2.5 million, seven-year Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI) grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and an additional $10.4 million in contributions from institutional and research partners. The international INKE team involves 42 researchers and consultants, 53 graduate research assistants, 4 staff members, 19 postdoctoral fellows, and 30 partners and associates. During the INKE mid-term review, its work was assessed as being the “gold standard” in the area.
The INKE Partnership is a collaboration between many well-established organizations, including: The Advanced Research Consortium (ARC), Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) / Association des bibliothèques de recherche du Canada (ABRC), Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing (CISP), Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) / Réseau canadien de documentation pour la recherche (RCDR), Compute Canada, Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (CWRC) / Le Collaboratoire scientifique des écrits du Canada (CSÉC), Digital Humanities Research Group (DHRG; U Western Sydney), Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI), Edith Cowan U, Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL), Érudit, the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Iter, J.E. Halliwell Associates, Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada, Public Knowledge Project (PKP), Simon Fraser U Library, the U Victoria Libraries, and Voyant Tools, among others.
INKE is also made up of researchers from various institutions, including the University of Victoria, University of Saskatchewan, Acadia University, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, Mount Royal University, University of Alberta, Université de Montréal, McGill University, University of Ottawa,University of Guelph, and University of Toronto Scarborough.
INKE has in part grown out of the community fostered by the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, held every June at U Victoria (in collaboration with a network of DH training institutes including those at U Oxford, Leipzig U, and U Maryland). Hosted by the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, DHSI has welcomed more than 4,000 people from around the world to its warm, collegial training environment.
INKE works and has worked with local community, graduate students, and emerging scholars through the Development (prev. Interface Design and Modelling & Prototyping), and previous Textual Studies clusters, including contributors to Archbook, The Social Edition of the Devonshire Manuscript, New Radial, and the Dynamic Table of Contexts.