LINCS Blog

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Invisible Design

  • LINCS Project
  • November 13, 2021
Artistic representation of a website wireframe made with watercolour.

— Amardeep Singh, LINCS computer science co-op — “Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like. People think it’s this veneer—that the designers are handed this box and told, ‘Make it look good!’ That’s not what we think design is. It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design […]

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 […]

Breaking Down the Barriers to Data Conversion

  • LINCS Project
  • September 17, 2021
Mapping Memory Manager logo

— Devon Hayley Farrell, LINCS metadata co-op — If there’s one thing I have learned during my library, archival, and information graduate studies, it is that information institutions are adverse to change. The archival profession progresses at a glacial pace. This is juxtaposed with the leaps and bounds made in information technology over the past […]

— 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 […]