Sharing Skills: Opportunities to Learn and Volunteer

We frequently work with practicum students, internships, and volunteers for skill-building and professional development. If you have a project in mind or a skill you’d like to practice with our data, get in touch! Please send us a resume and some suggestions of what you’d like to accomplish or learn.

Our interns

Patrick Stitt joined ODW as a Systems Assistant Intern for 2015-2016 and was involved in many activities related to OurDigitalWorld’s client projects, data management, and infrastructure maintenance. Activities include large-scale data assessment, management, and manipulation; large batch image manipulation and quality control; as well, all tasks will involve creating technical documentation. Working as part of our virtual team, Patrick is gaining aptitude with different coding languages, efficiency with complex data analysis and management, as well as creating written & video documentation about ODW processes.

Our Volunteers

Jill Ruby helped ODW migrate 8 years’ worth of our VITA Toolkit Network support site forum conversations into the new VITA Help site.

Building capacity at school

Working with students at the Faculty of Information at University of Toronto, we are proud to have had a varied series of practicum projects over the years.

Analyzing the results of a survey on digitization in Ontario public libraries
Impact of promotional events and routes of access on ODW’s digital newspaper collection
Developing promotional strategies for online historical newspaper collections
Updated resources for digitization

Making online ‘help’ more helpful: Improving training and support for VITA Toolkit users

Research on indigenous cultural rights for online collections

Community Digitization Manual
Marketing & publicity for local digital collections

VITA Thesaurus/Subject Authority file content management
Ontario Library Association – Archives & Community Engagement Planning
Prospect research

Previous Projects

Previous activities include:

  • Website revisioning
  • Digitization and digital collection building like the OLA Archive
  • Client support documents
  • Data manipulation
  • Prospect research
  • Conference booth support
  • Marketing  strategies

Community Digitization Manual (Jelena Stankovic, iSchool)

Redesign & update of our Community Digitization Days event planning manual, researching and adding content on crowdsourcing material, copyright and Creative Commons, and event assessment.

Rights for Cultural Heritage (Mark Fellin, iSchool)

Research and report on new opportunities for digital heritage licensing and permissions, specifically options for the traditional knowledge of Indigenous communities in Canada. Mark’s report reviews Creative Commons, RightsStatements, Mukurtu Traditional Knowledge labels, a licensing scheme proposed by the University of Ottawa’s Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic and Carleton’s Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre, and other exciting projects and tools.

OLA Archive (Jessica Samuels, iSchool; Xiaowei Yin, iSchool; Kathy Robson, Seneca College; Dr. Sabri Elhaj)

Digitization of photo albums and Super Conference catalogues, including OCR, to build the first iteration of the OLA Archives online. This project is ongoing and in partnership with the Ontario Library Association.

VITA Data Management Interface Usability (Nikki Sutherland, iSchool)

Survey users and make recommendations for improvements to the VITA Digital Toolkit data management interface and functionalities. Curriculum Project (Hilary Scroggie, iSchool)

Using content from the portal, design and implement a series of online exhibits about how to use the portal to provide tips for researchers and students.

Digitization opportunities in Ontario’s North (Rachel Beatty, iSchool)

Survey of northern community libraries, including First Nations libraries, to determine interest and ability to undertake digitization projects.

All-in-One Newspaper Digitization Pilot Project (Milton Public Library)

In 2012-2013, Milton Public Library digitized more than 150 years of the Canadian Champion as a pilot project for ODW’s All-in-One Newspaper Digitization service. The pilot involved processing microfilm and  fiche amounting to 150,000 pages. Since then, update batches have been added to the collection, with 2015 underway.