LINCS Blog

The Design Deep Dive

  • LINCS Project
  • November 4, 2022

— Farhad Omarzad, LINCS UX Undergraduate Research Assistant — During my time at LINCS, the UX team has laid the groundwork for implementing an intuitive and effortless user flow for ResearchSpace. To accomplish this, we have conducted numerous user and usability tests, interviews, and card sorts. Working on ResearchSpace was my first real experience in […]

Jessica and Goliath: Learning 3M and CIDOC CRM

  • LINCS Project
  • October 20, 2022

— Ze Xi (Jessica) Ye, LINCS metadata co-op — During my graduate courses in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, I gained a high-level understanding of Linked Open Data (LOD) and the CIDOC CRM ontology, a theoretical and practical tool for information integration in the field of cultural heritage. Because I am an Archives […]

— Hannah Stewart, LINCS undergraduate research assistant — Over the past two years I’ve had chances to work on many aspects of the Orlando Project, but the work that I’ve consistently found the most engaging has been researching and writing author profiles. Orlando’s profiles are collaboratively authored scholarly histories, which are structured by a custom XML tagset, and which […]

— Jakob McLellan, LINCS undergraduate research assistant — The Digital Humanities (DH) was not something I had a lot of experience with before starting as a LINCS undergraduate research assistant. My work with LINCS pertains to the Early Modern London project, working alongside the Map of Early Modern London (MoEML) team. Part of my job is what LINCS refers […]

The Good Enough Metadata Specialist

  • LINCS Project
  • April 13, 2022

— Emily McKibbon, LINCS metadata co-op — My first job in the museums field was in 2008, right at the height of the Great Recession. The digitization team I joined had just lost roughly a quarter of their staff in a series of buyouts and layoffs, and the mood was grim. We were tasked with […]

— Nem Brunell, LINCS UX co-op — The situation is this: you’ve been asked to design a way for a researcher to easily move between two tools. You familiarize yourself with both tools, learn about the known issues, and read about what’s already been tried. You spend a few days deciding on the best way […]

LINCS timeline view in ResearchSpace

— Evan Rees, LINCS UX co-op — The road to UX for me has been long and winding, and I, much like the LINCS users in the Tube Map in Figma, have found myself at various stations along the way, assessing where I should go next. Initially studying Life Sciences at University of Toronto, I made […]

Digging into DH

  • LINCS Project
  • December 10, 2021

How working for a DH project has broadened my academic interests and comfort zone — Hannah Stewart, LINCS undergraduate research assistant — I joined the LINCS Project as an undergraduate research assistant, mainly to work on the Orlando Project. This position gave me my first real experience with Digital Humanities (DH). Before starting the job I could barely […]

The User-centric Approach to Problem Solving

  • LINCS Project
  • December 1, 2021
Iteration in the Design Thinking process: Understand, Explore, Materialize

— Sana Javeed, LINCS UX co-op — Before becoming a UX Design student at University of Toronto, I used to solve a problem just by identifying what the problem was and then coming up with a band-aid solution. However, over a period of time, I realized that by using such an approach—opting for the easiest […]

Photograph of a colourful screen filled with code.

— Dawson MacPhee, LINCS computer science co-op — When beginning my very first co-op job search, I had no idea what employers would expect from me. It was a daunting task looking through the job postings and deciding what I thought I’d be (somewhat) qualified for. After a few job interviews, I applied to join […]