Meet the Data Mappers
The students in the Digital Humanities Capstone class are known as the Data Mappers. They are a group of seven students completing their undergraduate degree in the 2019-2020 academic year.
They formed three research teams, focused on Data, Digital Tools and Research.
Lori Antranikian is a fourth year Computer Science student with a Minor in Digital Humanities at the University of Ottawa. Ever since being introduced to digital humanities, she has really enjoyed combining her computer science skills with humanities related projects. When she is not in school or at work, she spends her time working out, watching Netflix and cooking.
A member of the Data Team, Lori was responsible for generating scripts to extract restaurant data from Zomato. A wizard at using Python to call data through an API Key, Lori was able to help curate a dataset of ethnic restaurants in Ottawa.
Xuanqi Dai is in the final year of her undergraduate degree in Social Sciences, with a double Minor in Economics and Digital Humanities at the University of Ottawa. Born in China and as an international student at the university, Xuanqi realized her personal passion for DH after she finished the introductory course in the program. The DH program has provided her with transferable skills that she has been able to apply to other media and data analysis courses. Xuanqi has worked as a new media operator and has participated in the showcase competition with DH class, where she explored data visualization and information studies. Xuanqi hopes to pursue a Master of Information studies in the future, with the goal of working in a data-related job. She is also interested in classical music, musicals, travel, video-creating and essentially anything else with the visual arts and music world.
Xuanqi was also on the Data Team, and was responsible for working with Census data. She extracted data for the 2006 and 2016 Censuses and curated datasets of immigration to Ottawa for each continent. She was also responsible for working with Census data for the last three decades to evaluate changes in languages for the immigrant population.
Sébastien Sanscartier is in his fourth and final year at the University of Ottawa studying Computer Science with a Minor in Digital Humanities. Sébastien is currently working as a junior developer at uOttawa IT with the hope of one day being a programmer analyst.
A member of the Tools Team, Sébastien worked mainly on data curation and geo mapping on this project. Using ArcGIS Online, Sébastien created all of the maps for this project so that they could be used to compare regions of settlement within Ottawa and to map ethnic cuisine!
Aretha Kalonji est une étudiante au Baccalauréat en Communication avec une mineure en Sciences Humaines Numériques de dernière année à l’Université d’Ottawa. Comme pour le programme de COOP qu’elle fait, elle a choisi d’ajouter les sciences humaines numériques à son curriculum pour ajouter de nouvelles connaissances pratiques à son bagage intellectuel qu’elle pourra ensuite appliquer dans sa vie professionnelle prochaine. Elle aime particulièrement voyager et ce projet lui permis de mieux comptabiliser les flux migratoires à Ottawa tout en améliorant son expérience pratique du logiciel de conception de carte géographique multimédia Story Maps.
Aretha was part of the Tools Team and was responsible for the conception and design of the project using ArcGIS StoryMaps. She evaluated a variety of StoryMaps projects to get a feel for how geo-spatial and cultural data could be presented for an engaging narrative.
The Research Team worked closely together to do research on the Census (in general) and as it relates to this project on the topic of immigration. They also combed through Ottawa's restaurant and food guides to find stories about chefs and restaurant owners that opened restaurants in the national capital region after immigrating to the city! Their research touched every part of the narrative in this story!
Liam Baker is a fourth-year student majoring in history and minoring in Digital Humanities. His research interests include examining historical injustices in order to bring light to the margins of the past to improve our understanding of these events for the sake of the future and to dismantle our national myths. Outside of school, Liam enjoys baking sourdough bread and constructing imagined worlds for his friends to explore in Dungeons and Dragons.
Yasmine Robinson is a fourth-year honours student at the University of Ottawa majoring in Communications with a Minor in Digital Humanities. Yasmine has a passion for digital communications, multimedia and photography. She has previously worked as a digital marketing assistant and is currently working at Health Canada as a Social Media Officer. After graduation, she hopes to start a master’s degree in Digital Marketing and pursue a job in digital communications.