LINCS Blog

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 […]

What Is Extract Transform Load?

  • LINCS Project
  • October 27, 2021
A general Extract Transform Load process

— Justin Francis, LINCS Junior Programmer — A general Extract Transform Load process In data science there is a commonly used process called extract-transform-load (ETL). ETL involves three main steps:  1. Extract data from a source,  2. Transform the data via data cleansing and data manipulation, and  3. Load the transformed data to a data […]

Flowchart diagram showing the DoReMus model for improvised performance, including the distinct Performed Expression class

— Sam Peacock, LINCS undergraduate research assistant — When I began working with ontologies at the LINCS project this summer, my colleagues and I quickly found ourselves asking exasperating questions like “How do you explain the visual concepts present in an artwork to a database?” Even more broad (and maybe ultimately unanswerable) questions like “what is […]

— Gracy Go, undergraduate research assistant — History has always been something I’ve been passionate about, and as an undergraduate student approaching graduation, I’ve become more eager to find ways to preserve primary sources. From my experience, having access to primary sources makes the researching process a lot easier, and these sources would not exist […]

Colourful painting with leave and floral elements

— Sarah Mousseau, LINCS undergraduate research assistant — In the summer of 2020, I was hired as a research assistant with the University of Guelph’s Bachinski/Chu Print Study Collection. Initially, my job entailed the care and maintenance of the objects in the collection with a few other tasks as assigned. Of course, the arrival of the […]

— Kathleen McCulloch-Cop & Rashmeet Kaur, SCALE undergraduate research assistants — I (Kathleen) was introduced to user interface design at the start of my post-secondary education with Software Design 1, the first class on the first day of my first (ever) semester. I crowded into a lecture hall with 150 other people, each of us […]

The Shifting Landscape of Geospatial Ontologies

  • LINCS Project
  • August 31, 2021
A white hand places a red pin on a white map with black lines. A collection of more red pins lay off to the right side.

— Thomas Smith, LINCS undergraduate research assistant — Over the many years I have worked on the LINCS project, I encountered many new terms. Sitting at my desk in THINC Lab, I used to hear people discussing something called ontologies. I would listen in to meetings about the creation of the CWRC ontology, and eventually I was […]

Collaboration in Times of Social Isolation

  • LINCS Project
  • December 16, 2020
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— Thomas Smith, LINCS undergraduate research assistant — To avoid the COVID-19 outbreak, I moved back home from Guelph to the town of Bowmanville, a community with a population of around 40,000 people. My family sold our home of twenty years just before the pandemic, buying a quaint little house in Minden, Ontario, a town […]