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— 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 […]

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 […]

As a Cyberinfrastructure project funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, LINCS is building its infrastructure on the resources of Compute Canada which operates a Cloud service run with OpenStack. Cinder is the default volume storage provider for virtual machines provisioned on the OpenStack platform of Compute Canada. It is the last layer of a […]

Open-source triplestore battle

  • Pieter Botha
  • October 2, 2020

Image by Pieter Botha There are many graph databases out there that support RDF: Virtuoso, GraphDB, Stardog, AnzoGraph, and RDFox, to name just a few popular ones. But if the requirements for your triplestore include open source, as it does for our CFI-funded LINCS project, then Blazegraph and Apache’s Jena Fuseki are two of your […]