Compute Canada was pleased to support and to congratulate the winning teams of the two Compute Canada scholarships to the June 2016 Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI), held at the University of Victoria.

The winning projects were: Creating a Home for User-Generated Content, Dr. Darren Abramson (Dalhousie University Philosophy Department) and Dr. Craig Squires (ACENET Systems Administrator); and A Walk in the Park: A Mobile Application for Atlantic Canada’s Urban Green Spaces, Dr. Kate Scarth (Dalhousie University English Department) and Dr. Chris Geroux (ACENET Computational Research Consultant).

Compute Canada has sponsored the Digital Humanities Summer Institute since 2014. This is one of the leading training events in the world for Humanities and Social Sciences researchers, with around 800 students participating in 40 courses at the University of Victoria over a two-week period each year, and many others at satellite events at other campuses. In the first year of sponsorship, Compute Canada sent five staff to the event as students. In 2015, an intro to programming course was taught by a Compute Canada team member, and in 2016 Compute Canada taught three courses: Introduction to Programming, Big Data, and Cloud.

  • Compute Canada’s support of the digital humanities includes projects with a strong historical or cultural focus on Canada, including the Canadian Writers Research Collaboratory, FolkwaysAlive!, and the Ukrainian Folklore Archive.
  • Social Sciences researchers in Canada use Compute Canada resources to study many aspects of Canadian life which have a strong influence on Canadian social policy. As an example, Dr. Patricia Brantingham studies computational criminology, in particular the geography of crime in urban centres. This research has implications for urban planning and allocation of police resources.