You are here

Projects: Digital Humanities Innovation Lab (DHIL)

DHIL banner with some dots and lines

Current projects

Artistic Performance Archive

Henry Daniel, School for Contemporary Arts

The Artistic Performance Archive is a database that collects videos of dance rehearsals and performances, as well as interviews of dancers, choreographers, and even musicians. This project aims to make these materials available through the long-term data preservation system, Radar, so that researchers and artists can remix and reuse them.

Astley’s Circus in Georgian London

Leith Davis, Department of English

Astley’s Circus in Georgian London provides a database of musical and theatrical performances that took place in the developing circus from 1768-1820. It collects and transcribes announcements and clippings documenting Astley’s Circus to help scholars understand the importance of the circus to popular entertainment in Romantic-era London.

Between the Physical and the Virtual: Anthropology, Art, and Emergent Digital Hybrid Spaces

Kate Hennessey,  School of Interactive Arts and Technology

Between the Physical and the Virtual is grounded in the ongoing work of the Ethnographic Terminalia Collective, which since 2009 has staged annual exhibitions in major North American cities that explore the intersections of art and anthropology. It will develop an open access web-based archive of the ETC exhibitions and pedagogical tool for teaching about anthropology and art. 

E. Pauline Johnson and Chief Capilano’s Legends of Vancouver: A TEI Digital Edition 

Alix Shield, Department of English

This project aims to digitize a selection of Mohawk writer E. Pauline Johnson’s Legends of Vancouver texts (1911), highlighting the textual and paratextual changes that occurred throughout different editions of the text and creating a digital critical edition to be hosted by the SFU Library.

Lake District Online

Margaret Linley, Department of English

The Lake District Online is a MySQL database that collects bibliographical data about writing about the Lake District held by the SFU library’s Special Collections. By making this data public, searchable and interactive, it provides researchers with the opportunity to investigate the extent to which the book ecology of the local English Lake District is informed by and linked to global geographic space.

New Narratives in the History of Philosophy 

Lisa Shapiro, Department of Philosophy

New Narratives in History of Philosophy is an open access, searchable database that will house and deliver a comprehensive bibliography of works by early modern women as well as digitized texts, podcasts, and other resources. The database can be easily used by researchers, students, and teachers interested in including works by early modern women on their course syllabi.

Photoshop Genres on YouTube 

Frédérik Lesage, Department of Communication

The Photoshop Genres on YouTube project sets out to trace the emerging vernacular/popular genres of communicative practice for defining how Photoshop can and should be used on YouTube.  The project will collect metadata and captions from a sample set of videos and, alongside other interpretive methods, outline a typology of genre profiles for these videos on YouTube.

The Wilde Trials Web App

Colette Colligan, Department of English

The Wilde Trials Web App is a custom-built textbase and text-sharing detection program for analyzing international news reports about the famous 1895 trials of anglo-Irish writer Oscar Wilde. The web application detects, quantifies, and displays text reuse and censorship in international newspapers, allowing users to track the flow of news around the world and across borders and across languages, thus far over across 1 million words, 1,000 documents and 10,000 matching paragraphs.

Women's Print History Project, 1750-1836 

Michelle Levy, Department of English

The Women's Print History Project 1750-1836 (WPHP) is the first comprehensive bibliographical database of women's contributions to print for one of the most convulsive periods in the history of both women’s writing and print. The database, with nearly 2,000 person entries and over 8,000 title entries, will enable rigorous quantitative analysis of patterns in women's print history.

The World Republic of Childhood 

Melek Ortabasi, World Literature Program

This project is a searchable database of cultural and literary information gleaned from childhood memoirs written between 1870 and 1930, which examines how children from this period experienced their world through what they read. The database will identify a number of relevant categories and trends within the data set to articulate the connections among different elements of childhood experience and the contemporary culture of reading.

Past Projects


John Maxwell, Publishing@SFU

Aldus@SFU is the digital home of the Wosk-McDonald Aldine Collection from the press of Aldus Manutius (1452-1515), the foremost editor, printer, and publisher of the Italian Renaissance. The project will establish a permanent and public-facing interpretive website that is fully integrated with the rich metadata and digitized collection.

Bridging the Gap: Connecting Community and University in Online Digital Archives 

Elise Chenier, Department of History

Bridging the Gap is a continuation of Dr. Chenier's work on the Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony [ALOT], linking its archives to the broader community of users, specialists and non-specialists. The project will use the affordances of the digital archive to build an architecture of participation, enabling users to contribute their own content and meet people with similar interests.

Database of Canada's Early Women Writers 

Carole Gerson, Department of English

The Database of Canada's Early Women Writers intends to expand the work of the Canada’s Early Women Writers (CEWW) project, a relatively limited bio-bibliographical database of selected women authors. It will assemble basic information about a vastly extended collection of writers and create a searchable database associating authors with their publications, life dates, and primary residences.

Fred Wah Digital Archive

Deanna Fong, Department of English

The Wah Archive is a digital bibliography and repository of the works of Canada’s fifth poet laureate, Fred Wah. The site contains detailed bibliographic records and, where available, full-text scans of Wah creative, critical and editorial oeuvre, and maps out a network of social relationships around the production and dissemination of these texts. The archive is co-edited by Deanna Fong (SFU), Ryan Fitzpatrick (SFU) and Janey Dodd (UBC).

Listening to the City 

Milena Droumeva, School of Communication

Listening to the City seeks to develop a multimodal interactive map to host a series of photos, decibel measurements and audio recordings made in coffee shops around the city of Vancouver. This project employs a mixed approach of digital ethnography and ethnography of everyday life to both present and showcase—but also further analyze at a glance—comparative sonic environments in urban spaces.

TechBC Memory Project

Holly Hendrigan, Liaison Librarian, Faculty of Applied Sciences

The TechBC Memory Project is a collection of thirty interviews that documents the experiences and reflections of the community of the Technical University of British Columbia in Surrey, British Columbia. TechBC was a public university that operated within the Surrey Place Mall from 1999 to 2002 before being folded into SFU. Each item in this collection includes: the audio of the interview with enhanced indexing, the ability to navigate to specific times during the conversation, a metadata tab which provides additional information about the interview and the interviewee, and a third tab with the full transcript.