Below is a list of research projects, datasets, knowledge systems, and technical tools currently collaborating with LINCS. While the projects vary in size, scope, and aims, they are grouped here based on shared domains and areas of inquiry.

Canadian Publishing

Researchers will dive into Canadian publishing histories looking for patterns and local effects—the sorts of connections that elucidate recent controversies over gender bias, sexual misconduct, or claims to Indigenous identity within the Canadian literary establishment.

Faye Hammill (Glasgow): French and English Canadian middlebrow magazines
Lucie Hotte (Ottawa): Réseaux Littéraires Franco-Canadiens
Sathya Rao (Alberta): Les pionnières de la presse francophone dans l’ouest
Deanna Reder (SFU): The People and the Text – Indigenous literary history
Judith Scholes (UBC) & Erin Wunker (Dalhousie): Reviews of women’s writing

Literary and Performance History

Rich coverage of literary and performance history, especially of women’s writing, of networks and reception, and a Canadian awards database will allow scholars to explore patterns of movement and formative professional networks in the history of entertainment from the middle ages to the present.

Susan Brown (Guelph): Orlando Project on women’s writing
Grace Fong (McGill): Ming Qing Women’s Writings
Laura Mandell (Texas A&M): Romantic book & literary history
James Neufeld (Trent): Robertson Davies’ theatre diaries
Sandra Parmegiani (Guelph): Women and transcultural journalism
Stephen Ross (Victoria): Global Modernism and Linked Data
Anne Wilson (Guelph): Canadian Women Playwrights Online

London and the British Empire

Researchers will investigate Britain’s cultural, political and economic impact, and Canada as a settler colony, thanks to the aggregation of datasets. Interconnections of data with sources will leverage the largely quantitative Spatial Turn in recent science in ways that also support qualitative inquiry.

James Clifford (Saskatchewan): Canadian exports, British imports & commodities worldwide; Factories in Victorian London
Diane Jakacki (Bucknell): REED London Online / LAB Cooperative
Janelle Jenstad (Victoria): Map of Early Modern London
Brent Nelson (Saskatchewan): The Digital Ark
Catharine Wilson (Guelph): Rural Canadian diaries


Digital methods have renewed the field of prosopography or personography, the study of people in groups, by mobilizing granular data on individuals as the basis for larger inquiry. Prosopographical clusters will benefit from linked biographical data to exploit the unrealized transdisciplinary, transgeneric, and transnational dimensions of semantic research ecologies.

Stacy Allison-Cassin (York): Mariposa Folk Music Festival archives
Michael Frishkopf (Alberta): Virtual Museum of Canadian Traditional Music; South Asian Music and Culture in Canada
Ichiro Fujinaga (McGill): Single Interface for Music Score Searching and Analysis
Kris Inwood (Guelph): Early Canadian prison records
Chad Gaffield (Ottawa): Canadian Century Research Infrastructure
Bart Vautour (Dalhousie): Canada and the Spanish Civil War

Material and Textual Cultures

Researchers engaging with material culture within the museum community will mobilize LOD to invite analysis based on aggregating physical properties of numerous historical artifacts. Digital textual scholars will plumb computationally tractable texts to identify cross-textual patterns that are currently inaccessible.

Jon Bath (Saskatchewan): Post-digital Book Arts
Jason Boyd (Ryerson): Oscar Wilde biographies
Emmanuel Château-Dutier (Montréal): Early modern architecture
Kevin James (Guelph): Victorian hotel registers
Lorraine Janzen Kooistra (Ryerson): The Yellow Nineties 2.0
Daniel O’Donnell (Lethbridge): Visionary crosses
Zailig Pollock (Trent): The Digital Page: The Collected Works of P. K. Page
Michael Sinatra (Montréal): Romanticism on the Net
Juan Luis Suarez (Western): CulturePlex Lab
Marcello Vitali-Rosati (Montréal): Anthologie Palatine & Sens Public Revue Web

Knowledge Systems

Researchers with expertise in different forms of knowledge representation will grapple with the promises and the challenges of LOD in order to advance scholarship for researchers worldwide.

Vincent Larivière (U de Montréal): Knowledge discovery through LOD
Kim Martin (Guelph): The Humanities Visualizer (HuViz)
Denilson Barbosa (Alberta): NLP algorithms
Peter Patel-Schneider (PARC-Xerox): Ontologies and reasoners
Stéfan Sinclair (McGill): Tools for hermeneutics
Deb Stacey (Guelph): Dynamic ontologies

Alternative Epistemologies

LINCS includes researchers whose datasets embed alternative understandings of history, and of how knowledge works. The inclusion of data based in non-hegemonic epistemologies will help to push alternative knowledge representations into the Semantic Web.

Karen Fox (Alberta): Indigenous leisure and worldviews
Alison Hedley (Ryerson): Yellow Nineties Personography
Mary Ingraham (Alberta): Digitizing the Ancestors Project
Geoffrey Rockwell (Alberta): Gamergate
Michelle Schwartz (Ryerson): Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada
Sheena Wilson (Alberta): Petro-mama – environmental activism