RavenSpace publishing gets grant
October 18th, 2022
UBC Press’s innovative digital publishing platform, RavenSpace has been awarded a three-year, one million dollar grant from The Mellon Foundation. The grant will help the platform grow and provide more opportunities for Indigenous knowledge-sharing.
Founded in 2017 by UBC Press and the University of Washington Press, RavenSpace was developed for Indigenous studies publishing. According to the website, the founders aimed for “an online platform for media-rich books in Indigenous studies where communities and scholars can work together to share and create knowledge in a respectful digital environment.”
RavenSpace leader, Darcy Cullen who is also assistant director, editorial for UBC Press says: “RavenSpace is an open invitation to audiences locally and around the globe to interact in meaningful and respectful ways with a rich array of Indigenous topics. There is tremendous interest in it, and for a variety of types of projects. We are excited to pursue this next phase, and grateful to Mellon for recognizing the importance of Indigenous voices in the public record and the role of publishing in ongoing cultural vitality.”
From publicity: “[RavenSpace] publishes compelling, widely accessible online resources that foreground Indigenous voices and engage communities and a diverse audience. With its platform for media-rich interactive publications, it breaks free of conventional publishing to support multiple modes of expression and media formats – text, music, digital art, video, maps, animations, and more. Its publication process enshrines Indigenous cultural frameworks and self-determination in a digital environment. Founded at UBC Press, based on a decade of consultations with Indigenous partners and other stakeholders committed to Indigenous empowerment, and built with the support of local and global innovators, it is designed to respond to cultural needs and the digital fluency of upcoming generations.