Ph. D. in history of Science (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1974) and Professor at the University of Montreal, Jean-Claude Guédon must have been among the very first users of the Net in the humanities as he began to explore the Internet ca. 1988. Through his understanding of the power of the Net, he designed and launched an electronic scholarly journal in the humanities in 1991, Surfaces, which was the first e-journal in Canada.
He was involved with the Internet Society as a member or co-chair of the program committee for the worldwide Inet meetings between 1995 and 2002 (co-chair in 1996, 1998, and 2000). In 1996, he also published a minor best-seller on the Internet in France (La planète cyber (Gallimard, 1996); 2nd edition under the title: Internet. Le monde en réseau in 2000.)
He acted as chair of the Advisory Board of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) until 2001, and also worked with NDLTD, an organization promoting the publication of theses and dissertations on-line
He has been involved in the growing debates surrounding the issue of open access to the world’s scientific literature. One of the drafters and initial signatories of the Budapest Initiative, he was a member of the Information Program Sub-Board of the Open Society Institute from 2002 until 2006. This membership also led him to be a member of the Board of eIFL, an organization committed to supporting libraries in developing and transition countries.
In 2006 until 2008, he was vice-president of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
He was also one of the founding members of AFUL, an organization for users of free software in French-speaking countries.
Beside teaching and publishing, he is regularly invited to lecture all over the world. He was guest professor at the University of Sao Paulo in 2008 and scholar in residence at the Institute for Information Law (University of Amsterdam in 2010.)
- Internet Society
- Canadian Research Knowledge Network
- Budapest Initiative
- Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL)
- Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences