Humanities Data Lab


The Humanities Data Lab houses projects that engage in the work of the humanities--adding value to cultural artifacts through interpretation and analysis--in a digital context. Broadly, all Humanities Data Lab projects investigate code as a sustainable medium for representing cultural history. The stakes are high, as the development of sustainable, robust humanist data shapes what both scholars and the general public can know about digitized cultural history.


We'd like to extend especial thanks to the Research2Reality team for producing this video about the Digital Humanities and the LGLC project. To find out more about what we are up to in the lab, please visit our Projects page.


Humanities Data Lab Year 1 

The Humanities Data Lab renovation and infrastructure acquisition was made possible by generous support from CFI, BCKDF, FCCS, the Department of Critical Studies, with partner support from the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab at the University of Victoria and the Centre for Digital Humanities at Ryerson University. Its projects are funded thanks to support from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, with further infrastructure support from WestGrid and Compute Canada.


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About the Lab

News and Events


January 24, 2017

We would like to welcome new faculty research affiliates Lindsay Der (Anthropology), Hussein Keshani (Art History), Miles Thorogood (Media Studies), and Marjorie Mitchell (UBCO Library).

January 24, 2017

Come check out our social media pages over at Instagram and Facebook to see all the funs stuff we're getting into!

December 15, 2017

The lab will be closing today until the new year. Happy holidays everyone!

October 1, 2017

We would like to welcome Caitlin Voth and Stephen French as the new co-managers of the HDL.

July 1, 2017

A heartfelt farewell to Dr. Constance Crompton who is taking up a position at the University of Ottawa in the Department of Communication, and our best wishes to her on this new endeavour. Taking on the directorship will be Dr. Karis Shearer, who previously served as the lab's associate director. 

May 17, 2017

Caitlin Voth and Rebecca Desjarlais share their research at the Digital Media in Education conference's digital media creators showcase.

March 28, 2017

Wikipedia Editathon: Have you ever wondered how to contribute to Wikipedia? Join us for workshop offered in partnership with the QCampus project in LIB111 from 1:00 to 4:00

December 12, 2016 - January 7, 2016  Lab Closure

The lab will be closed during the holiday break. See you in the new year!

September 1, 2016  Welcome Candice and Rebecca

After two weeks' intensive training Candice Lipski and Rebecca Desjarlais are joining Cole Mash as encoders on the Lesbian and Gay Liberation project. Welcome!

August 2016

Francisco Peña's Confluence of Religious Cultures project is awarded a SSHRC Partnership Development grant. Congratulations Francisco!

July 15, 2016 Welcome Caitlin!

Congratulations to Raymon Sandhu on your new position at  RocketChicken Interactive. Caitlin Voth will be taking on a new role, replacing Raymon as LGLC and Lab project manager.

June 20, 2016 DHSI

The LGLC research assistants have returned from sharing their research at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute Colloquium at the University of Victoria. Congratulations to the whole team on a paper well received!

Tuesday May 17, 2016 6:00pm Women in Tech -- Unplugged Streaming Cafe

Are you interested in hearing about women's experience in tech in the Okanagan valley? Join Constance at Accelerate Okanagan's annual Women in Tech -- Unplugged panel at the Streaming Cafe, 596 Leon.

Monday March 21, 2016

The Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada RAs' paper proposal has been accepted by the DHSI Colloquium at the University of Victoria in June. Congratulations all!

Friday February 26, 2016 4:30 Start-Up Drinks FIP251

Digital Okanagan’s monthly tech community meet-up, Start-up Drinks, will be held in the Humanities Data Lab. Start-Up Drinks is a tech event co-hosted by Digital Okanagan and co+Lab. It’s a Friday, after-work meet-and-greet that brings together the Okanagan technology community. Start-Up Drinks is usually hosted by a different tech company every month — this is the first time it’s come to campus. Join us! The event is free, but space is limited to ticket holders, so be sure to register.

This month's Start-Up Drinks has been organized by David Lacho, Shane Austin, and Constance Crompton, with special thanks to event sponsors the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, Community, Culture and Global Studies, and the Royal Bank of Canada.

Monday February 22 & Tuesday February 23, 2016 Humanities Computing Workshop, EME 1153

Do you get the feeling that your computer could be doing more work for you, instead of making you do more work? Unlock the research power of your computer, save yourself hours, and free yourself from the artificial limitations set by software. Learn to clean messy text, do large-scale text analysis, back up your work, publish to the web, and visualize your text at this Software Carpentry workshop with Alex Razoumov.
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January 23, 2016 Raymon Sandhu and Constance Crompton volunteer at codecreate, a BC-wide initiative brought to UBCO by the ILC and Lighthouse Labs to teach children and youth aged 8 to 18 how to program. Read more about codecreate in the Kelowna Daily Courier.

January 19, 2016 Cole Mash, INKE RA, and Constance Crompton give a paper on graphing handshifts in a 16th C miscellany, "Unknown But Not Unknowable: The Network of Identified and Unidentified Hands in the Social Edition of the Devonshire Manuscript" at the New Knowledge Models: Sustaining Partnerships to Transform Scholarly Production conference.