Jean-Claude Guédon at Writers' and Literary Translators' International Conference (Stockholm, June 30, 2008)
Le Havre, France
|Fields||history of sciences|
|Alma mater||Clarkson University
University of Wisconsin, Madison
In 1960-1, he was an American Field Service exchange student in Kenmore East Senior High School in Tonawanda, New York (U.S.). He went on to study chemistry at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York and finally earned a Ph.D. in history of science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1974.
Academic career 
He began his career at Glendon College (York University) in Toronto, Ontario in 1970 and has been a professor at the Université de Montréal since 1973, first in the Institut d'histoire et de sociopolitique des sciences, and, since 1987, in the Département de littérature comparée. He is a long-time member of the Internet Society serving as co-chair of the program committee in 1996, 1998 and 2000, and member of the same committee in 1997, 1999 and 2002.
Scholarly activities 
Between 1998 and 2003, he was Chair of the Advisory Board for CNSLP (Canadian National Site Licence Project, now known as CRKN (Canadian Research Knowledge network). From 2002 until 2006, he was a member of OSI's Information Program sub-board. Since 2003, he is a member of the Advisory Board of eIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries). In 2006 he was elected (until November 2008) Vice-President of the Canadian Society for the Humanities and Social Sciences. His portfolio is "dissemination of research".
He has advised numerous governmental bodies, including the Ministère de la Recherche (France) for their e-publication project in the humanities and the social sciences; the Agence de la francophonie for matters pertaining to new technologies; the Quebec Minister of Communication in charge of the information highway; and the Quebec Ministry of education for the integration of the new technologies into the curriculum.
He was also named "Leiter Lecturer" at the National Library of Medicine in 1998. He is the founder of the first Canadian scholarly electronic journal Surfaces (started in 1991) and a Steering Group member of Open Humanities Press, an international open access publishing collective specializing in critical and cultural theory. He has also won a few prizes such as Prix International Charles Hélou de la francophonie (1996) and the Excellence Prize of the Society for Digital Humanities (formerly known as COSH-COCH) in 2005.
- Guédon, Jean Claude (2001), In Oldenburg's Long Shadow : Librarians, Research Scientists, Publishers, and the Control of Scientific Publishing, Association of Research Libraries, ISBN 01980068130
- Guédon, Jean Claude (2007), Open Access and the divide between “mainstream” and “peripheral” science, in "Como gerir e qualificar revistas científicas", 2008.
- "Times Higher Education - Crusaders for a truly free flow of ideas". www.timeshighereducation.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-01-22.