December 2013

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Past Big Thinking speaker now "Immortal"

Jessica Clark, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

On December 12th, everyone here at the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences was very excited to learn that Dany Laferrière had been named to the Académie française. He is the first Canadian to join this illustrious group, whose members are known as the "Immortals."

I was especially thrilled to hear this news. It was my good fortune to have worked with Mr. Laferrière in the lead up to Congress 2013 at the University of Victoria, where he gave a lecture as part of the Federation's Big Thinking series. His lecture was titled Je vis comme j'écris (I write as I live, in English). It was the only Big Thinking...

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SSH News: Mandela scholarships, two Tri-Agency consultations, digital infrastructure, Big Thinking

In memory of Nelson Mandela, the Government of Canada announced the launch of the African Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarships. Open to candidates across Africa who are early career professionals working in the public sector, the scholarships will provide opportunities for one to two years study at a Canadian institution to learn about Canadian best practices in governance, public policy, innovation and administration.

Recently, the Tri-Agencies put out a call for consultations on two issues: on open access and on digital scholarship. Under the direction of the board, the Federation made submissions...

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Ideas can… build relationships

Eleanor Fast, Director of Policy and Programming, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Federation’s Programming team is delighted to announce that Genome Canada will be coming to Congress 2014 with an exciting interdisciplinary event on the topic of Feeding the Future

As part of Genome Canada’s series GPS: Where Genomics, Public Policy and Society Meet , the session will facilitate a dialogue between researchers, policy-makers and other stakeholders interested in GE3LS (Genomics and its Ethical, Economic, Environmental, Legal and Social aspects), science policy and genomic-based innovations.  The event will take place on the morning of Wednesday, May 28th. Further details coming soon on the Congress website...

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SSH News: Open Access publishing, SSHRC opportunity, ISSC report

The costs of an Open Access (OA) monograph are an open debate, but a recently published Final Report of the Dutch OAPEN-NL project gives some initial answers. Over the past three years, Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN) Foundation, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and SURF have been running a pilot project called “OAPEN-NL: A project exploring Open Access monograph publishing in the Netherlands.” The pilot takes into consideration both author and publisher perspectives and assesses the effects of OA on scholars. Click here to download the Project Description, Research Plan and Final Report....

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The Leadership Council launches a “Have Your Say” Crowdsourcing Campaign to advance Canada's Digital Infrastructure

Guest blog by Leadership Council Co-Chairs, Jay Black, Chief Information Officer, Simon Fraser University and Steven Liss, Vice Principal Research, Queen’s University

The Leadership Council for Digital Infrastructure is seeking your input. The Council has launched an online ‘crowdsourcing’ campaign to get fresh ideas on how to build a world-leading digital infrastructure (DI) ecosystem for Canada. Ideas can be provided in the “Have Your Say” link on the Council's new website (www.digitalleadership.ca).

WHY SHOULD YOU PARTICIPATE? Researchers in all sectors, academic administrators, project managers in government and academe, students, policy makers and anyone else who stands to use and benefit from an advanced DI ecosystem in Canada.

All of the ideas generated will help inform the Leadership Council as it works to develop a draft roadmap and policy framework for a world-leading DI ecosystem...

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