Student projects

Project-based courses

The Sci-Fi Sounds / Sons de sciences fiction (AHL4900): In collaboration with a curator from the Canada Science and Technology Museum, students in Jean-François Lozier’s interdisciplinary studies seminar researched sounds from the past and then recreated those sounds with modern technology. The sounds can be heard as part of a soundscape display in the Museum.

Examination Unit (HIS3391): Jean François Lozier’s students developed a website exploring the National Research Council’s Examination Unit and Intelligence missions throughout World War II.

Digital Museum Seminar (DHN 3300): In this seminar students learn to work with collections and read artifacts in a real museum; the students then apply digital tools for exploring and sharing various topics in new ways. Students 3D printed parts of the Clay Adam’s anatomical model from the Science and Technology Museum

A Map of Toronto’s Shakespeare Theatre Reviewers (ENG 3133): A group of students photographed in Irene Makaryk’s course catalogued items at Library and Archives Canada and used these digitized documents to create an interactive website narrating the role of Nathan Cohan and Urjo Kareda in the development of Canada’s theatre culture. The Shakespeare Theatre Reviewers project is just one project produced by students in Irene Makaryk’s courses celebrating the Shakespeare 400 project.

Shakespeare in Canada (English): Exhibits contained within this portal are part of a larger project intended to systematically record and analyse reception of Shakespeare in Canada. The projects that are included here emerged in courses taught by Irene Makaryk.

Exploring Canada’s Stage (MUS4928): Students in the advanced research in music seminar conduct archival research under the guidance of Jada Watson in the National Arts Centre’s performing arts archive and then build digital exhibits. Exploring Canada’s Stage was the first project to come out of this new collaboration, followed by the Winter 2020 project on the recent NAC renovations.

My Language Portfolio (FLS 3791): Students in Marie-Josée Hamel’s second language learning classes develop digital language portfolios in which students reflect on their use of technology, internet and social media in their language learning.

Moving through the Grey (ISI 6314): Jada Watson’s publishing class in the School of Information Studies undertook a project of researching, writing, peer-reviewing, editing and self-publishing an eBook about the constantly transforming world of publishing.

Information Literacy: Stefanie Haustein’s students in the School of Information Studies developed digital information literacy tools that they shared via the web.

Digital History – Histoire numérique: Students studying public history with Jo-Anne McCutcheon have been producing virtual exhibits for the last 3-4 years. These projects focus on a range of topics from Canadian history to digital history.

Historians and Archives (HIS4360): Jo-Anne McCutcheon’s digital public history course explores the origins of archives to its digital present. In a project entitled “Mapping Newfoundland’s Contributions to the First World War,” Abby Field mapped the addresses found on digitized service files of soldiers from St. John’s who received the highest honours for bravery and sacrifice.

R. Murray Schafer 360 (MUS4928): An archival research project led by professor Jada Watson for the advanced research in music course (2017-2019). Students conducted research in the R. Murray Schafer fonds at Library and Archives Canada to explore the rich archives of this celebrated Canadian composer and soundscape acoustician.

Silent Film Music in Canada: One of the first Omeka project sites at the University of Ottawa, this project began with now retired Music professor Paul Merkley and has recently been taken over by Geneviève Bazinet. Student projects have focused on the history of silent film music in Ottawa and Hamilton. Graduate of the MA in Musicology, Elsa Marshall’s projects on The Regent Orchestra and Silent Film Music in Downtown Ottawa were part of her thesis.

Directed Readings in Digital Humanities

In the Summer 2020 session, Lori Antranikian pursued an independent project to learn more about the Text Encoding Initiative with Dr. Crompton. To learn more about TEI, she digitized poetry by a young Armenian poet named Heranush Arshakyan, who died at the age of 18 of tuberculosis. Read English translations of the poetry and view her TEI work on her website dedicated to Arshakyan’s poetry.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

There is a long history of students engaging in digital research projects through UROP. A selection of recent projects include:

  • Aria Slippert’s project on machine translation as a method for evaluating language policy compliance with Lynne Bowker
  • Sarah Issa’s project on use of social media in the language industry with Lynne Bowker
  • Savannah Gorbahn’s project on the impact of the plant-based movement is impacting language with Lynne Bowker
  • Kate Polle’s work analyzing competency profiles to map the transition from translation to information studies with Lynne Bowker
  • Anna Reepschlager’s research on mean tweets with Elizabeth Dubois
  • Sarah P. Howard’s work on Cover Art videos with Lori Burns
  • Emma Murdock’s work on intermedial storytelling with Lori Burns
  • Candide Uyanze’s research on the role of political bots in Canadian politics with Elizabeth Dubois
  • Lucas Cherkewski’s research on the dawn of microcomputing in Ontario with Chad Gaffield
  • Laura Grenier’s work on sharing information in health communication with Sylvie Grosjean
  • Érica Clouthier’s work evaluating the role of human senses in clinical decisions with Sylvie Grosjean
  • Deborah Sogelola’s work analysis of gendered messages in oil sands advertising with Patrick McCurdy