Open Knowledge Practicum (Summer 2018)

Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL;; @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 Summer academic term (May – July 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; draw on 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!

Expectations for OKP Fellows:

– 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;

– 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 should 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 <>.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, beginning 10 April; for the Summer academic term, announcements will be made by 18 April 2018. 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 website 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.