With the publication of this open issue, Digital Studies/Le champ numérique returns to publication after a hiatus of just over a year.
This hiatus was caused by changes in the journal's editorial board and, especially, a move in its editorial offices from the University of Victoria to the University of Lethbridge with the resulting need to train new managerial staff.
One result of this transition was that our authors endured a longer-than-anticipated time-to-publication. A second was a division in the intellectual and managerial credit for this issue and the next. The intellectual vetting of contributions in this and the next issue was begun, and in most cases completed, under the leadership of the journal's founding editors (Ray Siemens and Christian Vanderthorpe), my co-editor Michael Eberle-Sinatra, our Associate Editors, Dominic Forest, Jeff Smith, and our former Associate Editor Kirsten Uszkalo. Managerial responsibility for the production of these issues, on the other hand, has rested largely in my hands and those of our new managing editor, Camille Fairbanks.
The editorial board would like to express its deepest thanks to our authors for their patience as we have moved our journal back offices and to those current and former members of the editorial team for their hard work in providing us with the high-quality refereed material we inherited. When it is done well, editorial work is frequently invisible and nearly always under-appreciated. We would like therefore to acknowledge the efforts of those who have been so instrumental in putting these issues together.
Often in digital projects, a long initial delay in producing output is followed by the quick release of subsequent work. We expect the same to be true at Digital Studies/Le champ numérique. A second issue, under the guest editorship of Richard Cunningham of Acadia University is currently in the final proofing stage, while a third issue, including the first articles submitted since the move of the journal offices to Lethbridge, is in the process of final review and copy-editing. In this way Digital Studies/Le champ numérique hopes to continue the legacy established by its founding editors.