Human Dimensions Open Data Challenge Winners Announced


Compute Canada and its partners are pleased to announce the two winning teams of the Human Dimensions Open Data Challenge.

A research team from the University of Ottawa, led by Dr. Patrick McCurdy, won the top prize by creating a database of information and images to help Canadians better understand how public campaigns can influence their perception of energy development.

Dr. Rafat Alam led a research team at Grant MacEwan University to second place with a project that created a dashboard to understand the impact of energy development on society and the economy.

The Human Dimensions Open Data Challenge was a national competition organized by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Compute Canada, the Ontario Centres of Excellence, and ThinkData Works.

During the challenge, multi-disciplinary research teams – led by social sciences and humanities researchers – competed using open-data sets and developed systems, processes or fully functional technology applications that address the human dimensions of key challenges in the natural resource and energy sectors.

The research teams were judged on three main criteria: team strength, quality of the solution, potential impact. They were also assessed in terms of solution adoption.

Both winning teams were awarded $3,000, and, as part of the challenge, will be provided access to Compute Canada cloud resources for the remainder of the calendar year. The top team was awarded an additional $5,000 and given four tickets and an invitation to present at the High Performance Computing Symposium (HPCS) on June 5-9 in Kingston, Ontario.

Find out more about the Human Dimensions Open Data Challenge

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