Launched in January 2017, the Open Knowledge Practicum puts networked open social scholarship into action by inviting members of the community, as well as university faculty, staff, and students, to pursue their own research projects in the ETCL. The lab supports fellows by providing access to various resources, library materials, and archives; offering consultation and guidance; and pairing fellows with specialists in the field, among other project-specific assistance. The practicum has spanned a wide array of topics, ranging from discipline-specific foci to local public history and research on the broader community. One of the primary outcomes of this initiative is that research is made available in a public, online venue, as well as made discoverable to both general and more targeted communities. All Open Knowledge Practicum fellows contribute their research outcomes to Wikipedia, either by editing or adding to existing information, or by creating entirely new pages. We consider Wikipedia to be a prime example of the type of scholarship and online culture that is developed and sustained by citizen scholars. The Open Knowledge Practicum is a step toward more publicly engaged scholarship that supports research proposed by its fellows.

Open Knowledge Practicum fellows and projects:

January – April 2018:
Paula Johanson – Making Conference Posters
Josie Greenhill – Beauty and the Book: Pre-Raphaelite Artistic Practice Contained
Molly Trepanier – Medieval Mapping Project
Harris Watt – Charles Arthur Campbell

September – December 2017:
Josie Greenhill – Beauty and the Book: Pre-Raphaelite Artistic Practice Contained
Caroline Winter – Mary Shelley’s Gothic Tales in The Keepsake
Sara Humphreys – The Cogewea Project

OKP@DHSI May 2017:
Alessandra Bordini – Aldus Manutius: Aldus@SFU
Jonathan Cain and Tatiana Bryant – Oregon Black Pioneers Museum

January – April 2017:
Trish Baer – My Norse Digital Image Repository (MyNDIR)
Alanna Blackall – Open Vaults
Quinn Dupont – Alice & Bob: A History of the World’s Most Famous Cryptographic Couple
Sanjana Ramesh – “No Going Back”: LGBT Rights in India
Kate Siemens – Witnessing Internment
Tim Sobie – War Poetry and the Politics of War and Propaganda