Editors’ Choice: Research is Getting a Bit More Open

When we started up ActiveHistory.ca way back in 2009 (!), we did it with a pretty simple vision in mind: historians were producing good scholarship, but it was inaccessible. It was inaccessible for a few reasons: sometimes we don’t exactly write for a general audience (we’ve been guilty of dropping jargon around this site too, I know, but we try), and even if you wanted to read most of what we do, you’d have to pay. Books are a relative bargain – you can get an academic paperback for $20-35 dollars. Articles are not a good deal in comparison: one-offs are around $25. We figured a free website would be one way to reach people, and I think we’ve tapped into an audience here.

Well, maybe ActiveHistory.ca’s got some more competition on the block, thanks to a great new policy from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, or SSHRC. SSHRC’s the federal granting agency that helps support research in Canada: historians apply to it with our project ideas, and generally around one in five of us get good news. …

Continue reading: Research is Getting a Bit More Open: Good News for Historical Research in Canada.

This content was selected for Digital Humanities Now by Editor-in-Chief Lisa Rhody based on nominations by Editors-at-Large: Roger L. Martínez-Dávila, Eileen Clancy, Maria Manuel Borges, Kevin Gunn, Lynn Harding, Benjamin Zweig, Stephanie Vasko, Jeanne Gillespie, Joshua Schooler, Allison Millward, Myriam Mertens, and Nickoal Eichmann