This post is part of the Meet the ETCL Team series, which introduces the wonderful people who work in the lab and who have worked with us in the past.

Photo of Alyssa ArbuckleAs the lab’s Associate Director, Alyssa works with Ray to facilitate the lab’s research endeavors. This involves leading grant applications, coordinating conferences and other events, and building partnerships on and off campus. She is also the project manager for the lab’s affiliated research group Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE), and an Associate Director (DHSI@MLA) with the Digital Humanities Summer Institute. Collaborating with colleagues in the ETCL, at DHSI, and with INKE is Alyssa’s favourite part of her job.

At the moment, Alyssa is working on several projects, including partnering with Compute Canada, CANARIE, the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and UVic Systems, among other groups, to develop the Canadian HSS Commons via INKE’s Canadian Social Knowledge Institute (C-SKI), a national, non-profit research commons. She is also the Project Manager of INKE’s Open Scholarship Policy Observatory and has recently started working with the Canadian–Australian Partnership for Open Scholarship (CAPOS).

Alyssa began working in the lab in 2012 while pursuing an MA in English with a focus on digital humanities. She started in the lab as a graduate research assistant, working on the Social Edition of the Devonshire MS project (a Wikibook edition of a sixteenth-century verse miscellany) and managing the lab’s social media. As she continued to work with the ETCL, Alyssa began collaborating with the INKE and DHSI partners and researchers more closely. She has held various roles in the lab since 2012, and became the Associate Director of the lab in September 2017. Photo of two cats on a blanket

In addition to her work in the lab, Alyssa is completing an interdisciplinary PhD on open social scholarship and its implementation in Canada, via UVic’s Digital Humanities program and UVic Libraries.

Alyssa lives in Vancouver and usually works remotely, with her cats Fyo and Gus each taking a shift sitting on her lap. A typical day in the lab for Alyssa therefore involves lots of meetings and collaboration. When she’s not working, she likes hiking, sailing, bicycling, and exploring Vancouver, spending time with her cats and her partner, and reading contemporary fiction. If there’s one app she can’t live without it’s Bunz, a local goods and services trading app that has its own crypto currency.