The development activities carried out by the CO.SHS team are structured along the three following axes: Production – Discovery – Exploration. The collaboration of researchers in HSS and in arts and letters ensures that the developments are consistent with the needs of the community.

Production #

  • Stylo

    Developed by the Canada Research Chair on Digital Textualities (Marcello Vitali-Rosati, Université de Montréal), Stylo is a text editor designed to edit semantically enriched scientific content (journal articles, monographs, theses, blog posts). It allows HSS researchers to gain control of the semantic markup of their own scientific production in a streamlined writing environment. Stylo covers the entire publishing process: from writing to dis...

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    The SARQC project, driven by the NT2 Lab (Bertrand Gervais, Université de Montréal, Canada Research Chair in Digital Art and Literature), aims to develop a structure in order to support Québec and Canadian journals by creating websites that are in line with the specific and ever-evolving needs of scholarly and cultural journals, using Drupal. The goal of the project is to help existing or future journals to offer web content that is highly rep...

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  • Open Typesetting Stack

    Open Typesetting Stack (OTS) is a standalone service developed by the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) (Simon Fraser University) that converts Microsoft Word and PDF documents into structured files (XML JATS). OTS automates the process of creating articles in HTML, PDF and EPUB format from XML files. The service is designed as an extension module integrated into OJS 3 and developed alongside the WYSIWYG XML editor Texture, by Substance Software.

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Discovery #

  • Browsing by Extracting Open Information

    The Allium prototype, developed by the RALI (Philippe Langlais, Fabrizio Gotti and Vincent Letard, Université de Montréal), aims to increase information discoverability in Érudit through the extraction of open information. It uses the semantics of the plain text of journal articles to explore the deep syntactic dependencies between the words of a sentence. The direct extraction of indexed facts allows to expand user experience and offers the p...

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  • Social Media Engine

    The ETCL (Electronic Textual Cultures Lab) (Raymond G. Siemens and Luis Meneses, University of Victoria), in collaboration with the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) initiative and the Canadian Social Knowledge Institute (C-SKI), is developing the Social Media Engine, an innovative search engine based on data from social media collected by Digital Science. The Social Media Engine extracts topics from the scientific articles of a g...

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  • Scientific Citation Index

    The Observatoire des sciences et des technologies (OST) (Vincent Larivière, Université de Montréal and Université du Québec à Montréal) is developing a citation index that will be integrated to the Érudit platform and that is based on its corpus of scholarly journals. This index records bibliographic references found in publications in order to draw citation networks connecting the documents together. The index is also avail...

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  • Paperbuzz

    The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) (Juan Pablo Alperin, Simon Fraser University) is developing the Paperbuzz tool, in collaboration with Impactstory. Paperbuzz uses the Crossref Event Data service to measure the visibility of scientific articles based on social media data. A free and open API will be created and integrated to the Érudit platform, allowing to display all the social media mentions (mainly Twitter, but also Facebook and other min...

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Exploration #

  • Exploration, Visualization and Analysis of Textual Documents

    The Vialab team (Christopher Collins and Adam James Bradley, University of Ontario Institute of Technology) is developing a software suite comprised of three research and browsing tools allowing to explore vast corpora of textual documents. This project aims to respond to current and emerging HSS researchers’ needs in an innovative way. Vialab’s approach is based on a paradigm shift: they wish to develop tools prompting new questions rather th...

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  • Processing and Exploring Digitized Historical Documents

    The Canada Research Chair on the Transformations of Scholarly Communication (Vincent Larivière and Maxime Sainte-Marie, Université de Montréal) is developing a set of algorithms for pre-processing, text/frame/image segmentation, OCR and linguistic post-processing, adapted to historical documents in French and in English. These developments will allow to make the plain text of the journals and newspapers digitized by Biblioth...

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Projects in the Humanities and Social Sciences #

  • Reading Québec Literature in its Margins

    This project (led by René Audet, Université Laval) aims to provide an overview of the Québec book sector and its marketing methods through a textual and rhetorical study of front and back covers of books available in digital format in the ANEL / De Marque aggregator. These analyses shed a light on editorial strategies for the promotion of literary production and for the creation of a unique brand image, as well as to paint a global picture of ...

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  • Prolegomena for the Study of Political Poetics

    This project (led by Jonathan Livernois, Université Laval), aims to identify the permeability between the political discourse and the literary field during the Duplessis era. While there is a common understanding that the Union nationale frowned upon intellectuals and culture, it seems more important than ever to question this popular idea (see Harvey, 2014). The starting hypothesis of this research is that literary references were nevertheles...

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  • Médias 19

    Médias 19 is a website dedicated to research in the literary history of 19th century press. Various scientific projects are related to the platform, namely on the history of French-language journalism in the Americas (Guillaume Pinson, Université Laval, SSHRC), on the relations between media and digital culture (Marie-Ève Thérenty, Université de Montpellier 3, ANR Numapresse) and on Jules Verne and the Canadian imagination (Maxime Prévost, Uni...

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  • Numapresse

    “Numapresse : Du papier à l’écran, mutations culturelles, transferts génériques, poétiques médiatiques de la presse française” is a program funded by the French National Research Agency that aims to propose a new cultural and literary history of the French press, based on the digitization of newspapers. Numapresse thus undertakes the task of re-mediating the ancient press in digital format and is dedicated to developing new methodologies for t...

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