Corina MacDonald

I am a SSHRC-supported PhD candidate in Communication Studies conducting research at Concordia University on scholarly communication, academic labour and platformization.

As a librarian and consultant with MAT3RIAL, I work with researchers, arts and non-profit organizations to develop digital resources and projects.

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I am broadly interested in the mediation of digital scholarship with particular emphasis on scholarly communication, social media, and research infrastructures. In particular, my research interests are shaped by the emerging use of commercial social network platforms for the dissemination of research. The popularity of platforms such as and ResearchGate shows that scholars are not exempt from the attractions of platformed sociality and the new forms of visibility it produces.

My doctoral research project focuses on self-archiving infrastructures and platforms as a site of inquiry for understanding trajectories of datafication within humanities scholarly communication. My research draws from theoretical perspectives in critical data studies, infrastructure studies, academic labour and cognitive capitalism.


MacDonald, Corina and Neugebauer, Tomasz and Latour, John. (2014). "The e-artexte digital repository: promoting open access in the Canadian contemporary arts research and publishing community". Art Libraries Journal, 39(1), 10-16.

Neugebauer, Tomasz and MacDonald, Corina and Tayler, Felicity. (2012). "Artexte metadata conversion to EPrints: adaptation of digital repository software to visual and media arts documentation". International Journal on Digital Libraries, 11(4), 263-277.

MacDonald, Corina. (2009). "Scoring the work: documenting performance and practice in variable media art". Leonardo, 42(1), 59-63.

Dunn, Heather and MacDonald, Corina. (2009). "Information culturelle patrimoniale dans un environnement réseauté : Comparaison des normes et de l'organisation des connaissances dans les bibliothèques et les musées". Documentation et Bibliothèques, 54(3), 159-169.

Conference Presentations

MacDonald, Corina (2020). Datafication and Scholarly Communication, Feminist and Accessible Publishing and Communication Technologies speaker series, McGill University, February 5, 2020.

MacDonald, Corina (2019)., institutional repositories, and trajectories of datafication in scholarly communication, Annual Meeting of the Canadian Communication Association, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, June 6, 2019.

MacDonald, Corina. (2018). Networking Knowledge: repositories, platform publishing, and research-creation scholarship, Digital Cultures: Knowledge / Culture / Technology Conference, Leuphana University, Luneberg Germany, September 22, 2018.

Neugebauer, T., Tayler, F. & MacDonald, C. (2015). Metadata as a Complex Network: A Case Study of Data visualization for Art Historical Research, Art History Graduate Student Association (AHGSA) Conference, Concordia University, Montreal, March 6, 2015.

MacDonald, Corina. (2014). The Open Access movement and arts publishing in Canada, Subtle Technologies Symposium, Ryerson University, Toronto, May 24, 2014.

MacDonald, C., & Neugebauer, T. (2013). Depositing Visual Arts Publications into an Open Access Repository, Museum Computer Network (MCN) Conference, Montreal, November 22, 2013.

MacDonald, Corina. (2010). DOCAM Glossaurus, DOCAM Annual Summit 2010 organized by DOCAM : documentation and conservation of media arts heritage in collaboration with Hexagram, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Montreal, March 3-5, 2010.

MacDonald, Corina (2008). New Media, New Knowledge: A Knowledge Management Perspective on the Preservation of New Media Art, Media in Motion Symposium organized by Media@Mcgill and DOCAM, Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal.

Other contributions

e-artexte Workshop, Forum on Independent Publishing, East of There meeting of the Artist-run Centres and Collectives Conference, June 22, 2013.

e-artexte: Introduction et démonstration, Open Access and the Fine Arts: e-artexte Launch and Round Table, Artexte, Montreal, February 9, 2013.

Metadata in the Wild, Class presentation for GLIS 609: Metadata and Access, School of Information Studies, McGill University, November 8, 2012.

Hogan, Mél. Opening e-Artexte with Corina MacDonald. nomorepotlucks 16: motive. July 2011.

MacDonald, Corina. (2011). Video Cache - Activating the Archive: An interview with Mél Hogan, Artengine blog, June 29, 2011.

Tayler, Felicity & MacDonald, Corina. (2010). An interview with curator and CRUMB co-founder Sarah Cook, Artengine blog, October 10, 2010.

Round Table: Electronic Publications, HTMlles 9 Festival, November 20, 2010.

MacDonald, Corina. (2009). "Iteration, Infinity and Decay: New Media and the Practice of Documentation." art press 2: Conserving Technology-Based Art: Issues and Solutions, 12, January 2009.

MacDonald, Corina. (2010). Speculating in the network: Ian Wojtowicz's The Betweeners, Artengine blog, May 17, 2010. Reprinted in Tayler, F., Bertrand, A., & Lebedinskaia, Natalia. (2012). (Pour le meilleur ou pour le pire) On the Internet, we can all be making it (For Better or for Worse). Montreal, Qc: Centre des arts actuels Skol.

MacDonald, Corina. (2007). Interview with Tara Rodgers, Vague Terrain 8: Process, November 2007.

PhD Communication Studies (2016 -), Concordia University
Master in Library and Information Studies (2008), McGill University

Upon graduation from the MLIS program I worked at the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN-RCIP) as an information analyst, researching standards for collections management.

From 2011 to 2014 I worked as the e-artexte Project Manager, to launch the open access repository for visual arts publishing at Artexte.

In 2012 I co-founded the MAT3RIAL collective alongside Antonia Hernández, Mél Hogan and Jacqueline Wallace, with whom I work as a freelance consultant and developer.

MAT3RIAL works collectively on digital projects with arts organizations, research groups and nonprofits. Some selected clients and projects include: