Hey all,

The Electronic Textual Cultures Lab is offering Open Knowledge Practicum fellowships for university faculty, staff, and students, as well as members of the greater Victoria community to join our team the upcoming Spring term (January – April 2017). Fellows may wish to propose a topic related to their research interest, as well as to engage with materials from UVic’s library and archives, create online exhibitions, contribute to online knowledge bases like Wikipedia, and more.

Please circulate this news widely, including any channels of community outreach that may reach potential candidates. Kindly note that the application call deadline is on November 1 and that the full application call is posted below my signature. Some funding is available for successful applicants. Thank you in advance!

All best,

Randa El Khatib


Open Knowledge Practicum (Spring 2018)

Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL; etcl.uvic.ca; @ETCLatUVic)


In partnership with the University of Victoria Libraries and the Faculty of Humanities, UVic’s Electronic Textual Cultures Lab is offering a number of Open Knowledge Practicum fellowships for university faculty, staff, and students, as well as members of the greater Victoria community. For the Spring academic term (January 2018 – April 2018), fellows in this program will join the team in the ETCL to contribute to a well–defined topic in open, public venues (e.g., Wikipedia).


Participants may wish to: explore an area connected to their study, working with a field specialist; make more accessible some of the work in their field; engage in family, community, or local public history; engage with materials from UVic’s library and archives, create an openly available exhibit of digital material; contribute to online knowledge bases, and beyond. We ask only that you use your imagination to propose something you’d be interested in doing!


Fellows for this program: have basic facility in the area of proposed work and technologies pertinent to the proposal; are self-directed and have experience working toward defined goals; participate on-campus, in the ETCL, for a minimum of 3 scheduled hours per week; are able to work successfully in a team environment; and are able to make a 4-month commitment to this practicum.


Open Knowledge Practicum fellowships are based in the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, an interdisciplinary research organization at UVic.


Applications will consist of [1] a cover letter that proposes work for the practicum and outcomes [2] a CV, and [3] the names and contact information of two people who can speak to your competencies in the area.  Please send them electronically to <khatib@uvic.ca>.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis; for the Spring academic term, they are due by 1 November 2017.  Please indicate in your cover letter if you would like to be considered for an honorarium related to the fellowship; several are available.


Please visit our page to get a sense of the practicum based on previous projects and to learn more about the ETCL. Feel free to contact us with any questions.




Randa El Khatib

PhD Candidate | University of Victoria

Special Projects Coordinator | Electronic Textual Cultures Lab

Communication Fellow | Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations