Current projects

This page catalogs projects we're developing. Projects which we've completed and we are maintaining or have archived can be found on the stable projects page. 

If you'd like to talk to us about ideas you have for a project, please contact us. For more information on the procedure for getting us to work on your project, see the propose a project page.

For a summary of any of the projects listed below and a link to that project's site, click on the item in the listing. If you still have questions, please use either the contact information on the relevant site, or contact us. We use a blog to document project work. For more on the blog and to see postings on our projects, go to the blogs page.

Research projects

Endings

The endings project will develop techniques for creating versions of dynamic sites that are more likely to survive long term by being dependent on more stable technological infrastructures than the dynamic sites are. We will apply those techniques to four test cases, and intend to produce guides and utilities for others to use. We are particularly interested in how to support search and report capabilities in sites that are essentially static.

Landscapes of Injustice

The Landscapes of Injustice project seeks to combine information from various sources (community records, land titles, directories, personal testimonials, government records, maps etc.) to give a multi-faceted account of the dispossession of Japanese-Canadian owned property owned by the government's Custodian of Enemy Property office in the 1940's. The project will produce research resources, narrative and instructional websites and a travelling museum installation drawing on all the material gathered by the project.

BreezeMap

BreezeMap is a project to create a simple user interface for interactive map editing based on OpenLayers 3.
The project is hosted on GitHub.

Colonial despatches

The Colonial Despatches digital archive contains the original correspondence between the British Colonial Office and the colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia. This project aims to digitize and publish online a complete archive of the correspondence covering the period from 1846 leading to the founding of Vancouver Island in 1849, the founding of British Columbia in 1858, the annexation of Vancouver Island by British Columbia in 1866, and up to the incorporation of B.C. into the Canadian Federation in 1871. The 1858 documents (over 600) are already online, and work is continuing on the other years.

All the material on Colonial Despatches site originates in the work of Dr. James Hendrickson and his team of collaborators at the University of Victoria, which resulted in the publication of 28 print volumes of correspondence several years ago. Those original transcriptions have been converted into TEI P5 XML, and presented in the form of highly interactive and searchable website. The site was given a formal launch on November 3, 2008, at the Maritime Museum in downtown Victoria, and has since attracted coverage in the Globe and Mail, the Vancouver Sun, the Saanich News, the Victoria Times Colonist, and A-Channel TV News.

Vancouver Island historical censuses

The VIHistory project consists of a collection of statistical databases (in postGres) and an interface which allows searching within each and across the entire collection. The main technical issues in this project are: 1) providing a normalized abstraction for the structure of data across various datasets (censuses, business directories, tax records etc.) while maintaining the original structure in each resource; 2) providing a user interface which supports the wide range of audiences (academic scholars through members of the public asking geneological questions); 3) accommodating new datasets containing new fields in the future.

Literary map of early modern London

The Map of Early Modern London is a hyperlinked atlas of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century London based on the "Agas" woodcut map of the 1560s. Over 200 sites and streets are linked to pages that provide a full historical and archaeological survey, quotations from John Stow's Survey of London, and a bibliography of literary references. Over 200 additional sites and streets are identified. For example, you can click on a street and find all the literary references in our database to that street. This site began as a pedagogical tool in 1999. It is in the process of becoming a scholarly tool with fully refereed articles. Technologies used include PHP, eXist, XQuery.

17th C French marriages

Le mariage sous L'Ancien Régime Faut-il se marier? La question de Panurge s’avère incontournable en Occident, surtout à partir de la contre-réforme. Des débuts de la Concile de Trente en 1545 jusqu’à la fin du règne de Louis XIV, la tentative de renouveler le mariage se heurte en France à l’intervention croissante de la monarchie dans cette institution dominée auparavent par l’Église. La rencontre entre ces deux autorités fut tumultueuse mais propice au foisonnement des documents qui font l’objet de ce site : « l’imaginaire nuptial » se compose de divers genres textuels, chacun ayant son caractère propre, mais tous traitant des peurs, des désirs et des fantasmes de plus en plus visibles dans la société d’Ancien Régime grâce aux débats soulevés par la nouvelle problématique de l’union conjugale. L’accent pour le moment est sur les textes et images misogames qui font partie d’un renouveau de la Querelle des femmes pendant les 25 premières années du XVIIe siècle.

Capital trials at the Old Bailey courthouse

The Old Bailey project combines references to published accounts with court records and editorial categories (types of crimes, respites and outcomes, and groupings of each of those types) to investigate the relationship between judicial autonomy and statutory requirements in the application of the law over centuries. Search queries return both a text-based result report (with full details on each trial) and a graphical representation of the results (to emphasize patterns in the set of trials returned.)
The site will be available to the public in early 2017.

Instructional projects

Myths on maps

The Myths on maps project focuses on deploying an interactive map of Europe with overlays for Greek and Roman myths, history, people and events.

The Franklin expedition mysteries

The Franklin Mysteries site is the thirteenth in the Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian Mystery series. It explores the disappearance of the two ships (and modern discovery of one of them), as well as Inuit and British cultural values and the role of scientific exploration in the 19th century.

Departmental etc. websites

UVic Songhees Conference site

The UVic Songhees conference, February 2017, explores indigenous and colonial perspectives on land and property in early B.C. We wrote the user interface including the registration form and connected it to the UVic online payment system for this February 2017 conference.

Early Modern Research Collective site

For the EMRC site, we co-authored the design plan and implemented the structure in the Cascade content management system. We also assisted EMRC faculty with migration of content from the previous site and assists with maintenance of this site.

English department site

For the English department site, we co-authored the design plan with the department and implemented the structure in the Cascade content management system. We also assisted the department with migration of content from the previous site. The site is maintained by the English department.

French department site

For the French department site, we co-authored the design plan with the department and implemented the structure in the Cascade content management system. We also assisted the department with migration of content from the previous site, which the HCMC wrote. The site is maintained by the French department.

Gender Studies department site

For the Gender Studies department site, we co-authored the design plan with the department and implemented the structure in the Cascade content management system. The HCMC also worked on the technical issues associated with the department's change of name. The HCMC assisted the department with migration of content from the previous site, which the HCMC wrote. The site is maintained by the department.

Germanic and Slavic Studies department site

For the Germanic and Slavic Studies department site, we assisted the department with the design plan and overall development of the new site in the Cascade content management system. We also assist the department with the maintenance of this site.

Greek and Roman Studies department site

For the Greek and Roman Studies department site, we co-authored the design plan with the department and implemented the structure in the Cascade content management system. We also worked on the technical issues associated with the department's wish to be findable by potential students using the search word "Classics". The site is now maintained by the department with HCMC assistance.

Hispanic and Italian Studies department site

For the Hispanic and Italian Studies department site we worked with the department in the old Cascade template and in mid-development moved the site to the new template. One of the issues on this site is presenting a distinct look for each of the major units within the department, yet providing a consistent overall interface. The site is maintained by the department with HCMC assistance.

History department site

For the History department site, we co-authored the design plan with the department and implemented the structure in the Cascade content management system. We also assisted the department with migration of content from the previous site, which the HCMC wrote. The site is maintained by the department.

Humanities Computing and Media Centre site

We used our own HCMC site to learn about and test the Cascade cms, but did not make our own cascade site public until we had worked with all the other departments in the faculty.

Humanities Faculty site

For the Humanities faculty site, we collaborated with the dean's office and the communications office in the planning and development of the site in order to improve the organization and ease of site maintenance. We also assisted the dean's office in implementing the structure and porting content.  The site content is maintained by the dean’s office.

Latin American Studies

For the Latin American Studies program site, we collaborated with faculty members in the development of the site. The client requested bright colours be applied in the site's design as a means of reflecting the warm, geographical Latin American location and its interesting, vibrant culture. HCMC maintains the site in collaboration with the department.

Medieval Studies site

For the Medieval Studies program site, we assisted with the planning and built the structure of the site in the Cascade content management system and migrated content in. The site is maintained by the department with HCMC assistance.

Pacific and Asian Studies department site

For the Pacific and Asian Studies department site, we assisted the department with the development of its new website in the Cascade content management system. We co-authored previous design plans and implemented the structure. The design provides the users the opportunity to focus on each of the major units within the department.

Philosophy site

For the Philosophy department site, we assisted the department in the planning and development of its previous website versions and with the migration to the Cascade content management system. The site is now maintained by the department with HCMC assistance.

Religious Studies site

For the Religious Studies site, we assisted with the planning and built the structure of the site in the Cascade content management system and migrated content in. The site is maintained by the department with HCMC assistance.

Uni 101

The University 101 site had some unique issues due to the nature of this program and its target audiences, for example specific kinds of application procedures. We assisted with the planning and development of the site for this program and implemente it in the Cascade content management system. The site is maintained by Uni 101 staff.

Editing, publishing and utility projects

HCMC project documentation blog

The HCMC started a departmental blog in late 2006 to document project work. Anyone may view our postings to this blog to discover the state of work on a project of interest, or issues we have dealt with that might of interest in another project or proposal. We continue to tweak it to meet our needs. You can search the blogs or select a specific blog to see postings for it.
For those interested, there is a blog on the development issues involved in implementing this blog.

Publish Scandinavian Canadian journal

The Scandanavian Canadian Journal project enables the production and online distribution of the Journal Scandinavian-Canadian Studies / Études Scandinaves au Canada. Our aim is to provide Web-based access to the contents of the print journal in a range of different formats, including pdf, html, xml (tei p5), and plain text (utf-8). The data for each edition is entered as XML and from that we can produce the range of outputs needed for the printer of the hard-copy journal and on the website for those using the internet.

On-line voting software

This utility project allows departments to conduct an online vote or poll. For example, to elect 2 representatives from a list of 10 candidates, or to vote for or against one or more proposed actions or nominees. The application is intended for small-scale administrative votes within the faculty.