Links about Digital Humanities and HPC


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These are links to papers and other similar workshops.

  • The NEH in the US held an event in Washington on the Humanities and High Performance Computing. There is a PDF report at [1]
e-Science allows large datasets to be searched and analysed quickly, efficiently, and in complex and novel ways. Little application has been made of the processing power of grid technologies to humanities data, due to lack of available datasets, and little understanding of or access to e-Science technologies. The ReACH workshop series investigated the potential application of grid computing to a large dataset of interest to historians, humanists, digital consumers, and the general public: historical census records.
  • Greg Crane's "What Do You Do with a Million Books?" at [2] is a short and readable essay that suggests an application of HPC to the humanities.
  • There are some papers from the Web Lab at Cornell about their project to make the Internet Archive useful to social science and humanities research. This is an example of a humanities and HPC project. See [3]. The online article at [4] is a good introduction.
  • John Bonnett has written a discussion paper about HPC in the Social Sciences and the Humanities? The PDF is at, [5].
  • A new international competition called the "Digging into Data Challenge" was announced by four leading research agencies: the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) from the United Kingdom, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) from the United States, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) from Canada. The Digging into Data Challenge encourages humanities and social science research using large-scale data analysis, challenging scholars to develop international partnerships and explore vast digital resources, including electronic repositories of books, newspapers, and photographs to identify new opportunities for scholarship. See
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