Category: Blog

On the Move!

The Spark Research Incubator has been home to the UBCO arm of the Victorian Review as well as the LGLC, DMS, and POSA projects since September 2013. The lab has been a wonderful space to get research projects off the

Behind the Scenes: On Being a Research Assistant with the Victorian Reivew

By Reba Ouimet At the beginning of the fourth year of my English Bachelor’s degree at UBC Okanagan, I came across a research assistant position at the Victorian Review by way of a happy coincidence. Over the summer months, I

Grappling with Ghosts in the LGLC

One of the projects housed here, at UBC Okanagan SparkLab, is a digital archive project researching, encoding and graphing the Lesbian and Gay Liberation movement in Canada. I was brought into the project in September (at the beginning of the 2014

Your Learn to Code Year

I discussed the Learn to Code Year with my ENGL232/CULT270: Reading Popular Culture class this last week (naturally, thinking through our cultural construction of computing gets me out of bed with a song on my lips, as they say). After

A Chance To Practice: Informational Interviews at Career Days’ Speed-Networking Social

Professionalization is a byword in the lab. Getting started in the world of work can be daunting, until, of course, you understand that every new experience is practice for a future experience. The students who work on Digital Humanities projects

Job Posting: Database Design

Are you interested in developing internet databases for museums and art historical research? The Digital Art History Research Group is seeking an individual with knowledge of database design and software. Tasks will likely include assisting with the design and development

Happy Academic New Year!

There’s lots of buzz in the Spark Lab at the moment.  We’ve got new Research Assistants coming in — keep an eye on the People page for more information about them and their research interests in the coming weeks.  

Radical Pedagogy: Modernist Poets in the University

This last semester Karis Shearer was an affiliated scholar at the University of Alberta’s Canadian Literature Centre, where she is working on a book project called Radical Pedagogy: Modernist Poets in the University. She is conducting research on poets and

Reunions All ‘Round: FCCS Faculty and Students at the DHSI

Some of the Spark Lab professors and students hit the road this last week to gather with (600!) other Digital Humanists at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria. Karis Shearer, Cole Mash, and Justin Kroeker were

Experiences of a Research Assistant

As a research assistant in the Spark Incubator Lab, my role has been to learn how to write in python with a raspberry pi and create a scraper that records the monthly changes made to the Devonshire Manuscript Wikibook. I


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