Compute Canada presentation by Dugan O’Neil at 2014 AGM

Constance Crompton
June 2, 2014

Compute Canada For Humanists

Of the 8800 scholars who used Compute Canada in the last year only 42 were humanists, but Dugan O’Neil, Compute Canada’s Chief Science Officer, is working with his team on a series of initiatives to increase humanists’ slice of the Compute Canada pie chart. The CSO position is new this year, and comes with a mandate to develop a national strategy for data processing across disciplines. In short, his address to this year’s CSDH/SCHN AGM made it clear that there is room for our community at Compute Canada, so we’re invited to pack our forks.

In order to work with the digital humanities community, five of Compute Canada’s 150 analysts will become the core of a new digital humanities team. Those five analysts will be led by a yet-to-be hired Digital Humanist (we can expect the job ad in the coming weeks). The first stop for the team? A week-long visit at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute.

In addition to a dedicated humanities computing team, Compute Canada will provide a few new data storage and transfer services:
– OwnCloud, a dropbox-like service for researchers, hosted by WestGrid at SFU. OwnCloud comes with up to 50MB per account and offers synching with local files. If you go to the WestGrid site you can start using OwnCloud now. If you don’t have a WestGrid account you’ll need to sign up for one on the site.
– GlobusOnline, a transfer service for researchers who need to move terabytes of data at a time. Coming soon.

For more, please read Dugan O’Neil’s slides from the AGM, available here.

The Compute Canada announcment of the Sustainable Planning for Advanced Research Computing initiative is here.