Library:Scholarly Communications/Innovative Dissemination of Research Award/2016

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2016: c̓əsnaʔəm and SimPEG teams

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c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city

Susan Rowley and the c̓əsnaʔəm research team are one of two UBC research initiatives to be recognized by IDEA for 2016. c̓əsnaʔəm is an ancient village and cemetery of the Musqueam people located in the heart of Musqueam traditional, unceded territory, dating back over 4,000 years. The c̓əsnaʔəm team seeks to encourage the Vancouver community to consider place in relation to historical and cultural meaning, in particular, the location of the University of British Columbia, which is situated on the ancestral land of the Musqueam people. The c̓əsnaʔəm research team explores language, storytelling, artifacts and culture, in relation to continuity, and the ongoing traditions of the contemporary Musqueam communities living in British Columbia today.

Support from UBC Library

UBC Library has supported the c̓əsnaʔəm research project in a variety of ways:

  • Library staff assisted with the c̓əsnaʔəm exhibit at IKBLC.
  • Library resources have been used throughout the research project: videos, ebooks, etc.
  • Rare Books and Special Collections provided high quality imagery for the project.
  • Various library staff and training from the i-school provided support for the success of the project.

The c̓əsnaʔəm Team

The c̓əsnaʔəm research represents a collaborative effort between diverse research communities at UBC:

  • Larry Grant, Adjunct Professor/Elder-in-Residence, First Nations and Endangered Languages/First Nations House of Learning
  • Leona Sparrow, Adjunct Professor, School of Community and Regional Planning
  • Susan Rowley, Associate Professor/Curator, AnthropologyMuseum of Anthropology
  • Jill Baird, Curator/Associate Faculty, Museum of Anthropology/Faculty of Education
  • Jill Campbell, Adjunct Professor, First Nations and Endangered Languages
  • Jordan Wilson, MA student, Anthropology
  • Jason Woolman, PhD student, Anthropology
  • Vanessa Campbell, Teaching Assistant, First Nations and Endangered Languages
  • Larissa Grant, Guest Lecturer, various

Community Impact

One aspect of the c̓əsnaʔəm research project has been a series of four collaborative exhibits between the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, Museum of Vancouver and the Musqueam Cultural Education Resource Centre and the I. K. Barber Learning Centre. c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city, is a groundbreaking exploration of an ancient landscape and living culture. The exhibitions opened in2015. These multimedia experiences included belongings, video, , interactive elements including a tangible table and soundscapes.

Legacy aspects of the c̓əsnaʔəm research project include an education kit created for elementary through high school students featuring a highly interactive design introducing students to the land, hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language and culture of Musqueam.; a documentary film by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers; and an interactive web-based resource connecting the ancient past to today.

The c̓əsnaʔəm research team intends to share the rich indigenous heritage of Musqueam with a wide audience and encourage education, as well as support new ways of thinking about place and space in a context connected with the past and present of the first peoples of Canada. The team is pleased to be recognized by IDEA, and look forward to the continued education and dialogue inspired by the c̓əsnaʔəm project.



What is SimPEG?
The SimPEG team is one of the two recipient teams for IDEA in 2016. SimPEG is a software package for research and development in geophysics, which provides a framework to carry out numerical research. The project is targeted at promoting exploration, experimentation and extension of ideas in an open-source manner. The project name SimPEG stands for Simulation and Parameter Estimation in Geophysics.

Project Goals and Successes
Goals of the project include encouraging conversations and inviting collaborations within the academic community; combining methodologies; community building; the development of a workable framework; and measurement of data and optimization. Current successes of the project include the development of common terminology; uptake within educational communities; development of the project as a learning tool; and a total of 554 downloads of the software package per month. This open source project is hosted on the social-coding platform GitHub. The project has also utilized one of the fundamentals of growth within the geophysics community, which is interconnectivity between disciplines (geology, geophysics, hydrology, engineering).

Team members Rowan Cockett, Lindsey Heagy and Seogi Kang are pleased to be recognized with this award, and look forward to the continued growth of the SimPEG framework. They would like to thank the amazing current (and future!) contributors, who are helping to make this project a community effort.