Intersections Between Social Knowledge Creation and Critical Making

Alyssa Arbuckle, Alex Christie, ETCL Research Group, INKE Research Group, MVP Research Group


This article outlines the practices of digital scholarly communication (moving research production and dissemination online), critical making (producing theoretical insights by transforming digitized heritage materials), and social knowledge creation (collaborating in online environments to produce shared knowledge products). In addition to exploring these practices and their principles, this article argues for a combination of these activities in order to engender knowledge production chains that connect multiple institutions and communities. Highlighting the relevance of critical making theory for scholarly communication practice, this article provides examples of theoretical research that offer tangible products for expanding and enriching scholarly production.


digital scholarship; knowledge production; knowledge dissemination; public knowledge; publishing platforms

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