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This site replaces the former Compute Canada documentation site, and is now being managed by the Digital Research Alliance of Canada.

Ce site remplace l'ancien site de documentation de Calcul Canada et est maintenant géré par l'Alliance de recherche numérique du Canada.

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Introduction

Scholars in the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) are using increasingly complex computational tools, methods, and techniques in their research. There are three elements of the current landscape that place the HSS in a position for rapid growth:

  • increasing open source data;
  • increasing access to significant computing power and tools; and
  • growing research computing competency among humanities researchers.

To support researchers in the HSS, the Digital Research Alliance of Canada has a dedicated team of professionals. For more information, please contact the HSS Team via email (hss@computecanada.ca) or browse the additional information below.

Who We Are

The lead team:

  • Megan Meredith-Lobay, team lead, Associate Director, Research Computing Group at Simon Fraser University (BC DRI Group)
  • Pier-Luc St-Onge, Advanced Research Computing Analyst at McGill University (Calcul Québec)

Team members by region:

Regional partner: BC DRI Group

  • Simon Fraser University
    • Alex Razoumov, Research Solutions Lead and Visualization Specialist
    • Marie-Hélène Burle, Research Solutions Specialist
  • University of British Columbia
    • Garth Evans, Audio-video Analyst
    • Jennifer Abel, Language Sciences Specialist
    • Wade Klaver, System Administrator & Consultant
  • University of Victoria
    • Matt Huculak, Head, Advanced Research Services

Regional partner: Prairie DRI Group

  • University of Calgary
    • Dave Schulz, System Administrator & Consultant

Regional partners: CAC, SHARCNET, SciNet

  • Brock University
    • James Desjardins, High Performance Computing Consultant
  • McMaster University
    • Mark Hahn, System Administrator & Consultant
  • University of Toronto
    • Arun Jacob, Specialist in Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, Labour Studies and Media Archaeology
    • Ramses van Zon, High Performance Computing Applications Analyst
  • University of Waterloo
    • Pawel Pomorski, High Performance Computing Analyst
  • University of Windsor
    • Paul Preney, High Performance and Technical Computing Consultant

Regional partner: Calcul Québec

  • École des Hautes études commerciales (HEC)
    • Mohamed Jabir, Data Analyst
  • Université Laval
    • Félix-Antoine Fortin, Magic Castle lead developer

Regional partner: ACENET

  • Acadia University (Nova Scotia)
    • Michele Fash, Director Business Development
  • Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia)
    • Chris Geroux, Research Consultant with a focus on cloud and big data
    • Lee Wilson, Director, Research Data Management
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
    • Craig Squires, System Administrator & Consultant
  • Saint Mary's University (Nova Scotia)
    • Joyce Thomson, Digital Services Librarian

To contact us, please email the HSS National Team at hss@computecanada.ca

Services for HSS researchers

National services are available to all members of the research community with documentation in both official languages, trained support team and robust system architectures.

  • Advocacy and Outreach - Members attend conferences, make presentations to academic and other groups, and actively participate in the scholarly community in order to better understand our user needs.
  • Collaboration Services – Sites located across Canada are capable of both delivering and viewing large video conferences.
  • Cloud – Virtual-machine development space that includes an outward-facing IP address.
  • Computation – Expandable power ranging from the equivalent of a second desktop to supercomputers with thousands of cores, terabytes of RAM, and a variety of system architectures.
  • General Analyst/Consultant Support – Consultations regarding project architecture and resource needs with technical experts with skills ranging from specialty software selection to program optimization.
  • Globus – Fast, secure, sharing and fire-and-forget file transfers.
  • Nextcloud – 50Gb of shareable, Dropbox-like space available across multiple devices.
  • Platforms and Portals – Hosting for specialized data and tools for entire research communities.
  • Specialized Software – More than 900 software programs and packages already integrated with national compute clusters.
  • Storage – Robust storage solutions for backup and mid- to long-term storage.
  • Training – Training sessions covering core skills offered regularly and custom courses available on request. Please see below for all training opportunities, including those pertinent to Humanities and Social Sciences for your specific region.
  • Visualization Support – Dedicated 3D visualization expert available
  • Windows in the Cloud - run Windows applications in the cloud.

Other Resources for Canadian Digital Humanities Scholars

Project Showcase