4.3 M investment to create a Canadian Cyberinfrastructure for humanities and social sciences research

Press release – For immediate release

The Canada Foundation for Innovation announced the funding of 7 national cyberinfrastructures, including the Open Science SSH Cyberinfrastructure under the direction of Vincent Larivière, holder of the Canada Research Chair on the Transformations of Scholarly Communication of Université de Montréal and Érudit scientific director.

With a total funding of 4.3 M, the project will be supported over 3 years by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Governments of Québec and Ontario, and several Canadian universities (Université de Montréal, Simon Fraser University, Université du Québec à Montréal, University of Victoria, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Concordia University, McGill University). This funding will enable the implementation of a national digital research infrastructure dedicated to production, aggregation, as well as the enhancement and online searching of essential data for humanities and social sciences research, published in French and in English.

Vincent Larivière

Vincent Larivière

On completion of the project, Québec and Canada researchers will have access to a substantial body of Canadian documents in digital format, including journals, books, research data and other non-traditional publications, in addition to discovery and analysis tools available within a virtual storefront, as an integrated part of the Érudit platform”, states Vincent Larivière, principal investigator of the Open Science SSH Cyberinfrastructure.

A national research platform based on open source technologies

Built from Érudit platform and editorial management software developed by the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), this Cyberinfrastructure brings together national and international partners with key expertise in data science and innovative tools  development based on principles of open source software.

“Érudit and PKP are both major players in Canada research dissemination at home and abroad. By coming together for this project, they each offer more than over 15 years of experience in open source tools development, data processing, dissemination and digital corpus management”, asserts Norbert H. Haunerland, associate vice-president of research, Simon Fraser University.

Towards a nationwide expertise network

“Also, one of the project’s main strengths is its ability to combine expertise and tools originating from different Canadian research groups already involved in digital technologies. Hence, we can draw on expertise from the Observatoire des sciences et technologies (UQAM), the DIRO (UdeM), the Vialab (UOIT), the laboratory Nt2 (UQAM), the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (UVIC) as well as Calcul Québec. Abroad, the SSH Cyberinfrastructure will work more particularly with French infrastructure Huma-num and the Scholarly Communication Lab of Indiana University. The Open Science SSH Cyberinfrastructure is a concrete first step towards the implementation of a national research platform on digital science publishing”, adds Frédéric Bouchard, Deputy Vice-Rector for Research, Discovery, Creation and Innovation at Université de Montréal and chairman of the Érudit Board.

In addition to the support of the universities, the project profits from the involvement of 24 leading edge researchers. The creation of this cyberinfrastructure provides a way of both promoting and developing culture and science. It will also consolidate Québec and Canadian leadership in the fields of digital humanities and scholarly publishing.

About Érudit
The Érudit platform is the largest French-language and bilingual Canadian research results disseminator. Érudit is an interuniversity consortium composed of Université de Montréal, Université Laval and Université du Québec à Montréal, and is supported by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture. www.erudit.org

About Public Knowledge Project
Based at Simon Fraser University, Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is a multi-university initiative developing free open source software and conducting research to improve the quality and reach of scholarly publishing. Open Journal Systems (OJS) is PKP’s flagship software suite and is used by almost  10 000 active scholarly journals worldwide. https://pkp.sfu.ca/

SSH Cyberinfrastructure Partners
Calcul Québec/Canada, Canada Research Chair on the Transformations of Scholarly Communication, Collaborative Knowledge Foundation, Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (uVic), Érudit, Huma-Num, Lab NT2 (UQAM), Observatoire des sciences et technologies (UQAM), Public Knowledge Project, RALI (UdeM), Vialab (OUIT).


Gwendal Henry
Communications officer – Érudit