Web Archives Group Receives Support from Microsoft Research

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Microsoft Azure word mark logoThe Web Archives for Historical Research Group is happy to announce that we've received a $20,000 USD Microsoft Azure Research award. We'll be using their HDInsight Spark service to run Warcbase jobs on our large collections, including selected Archive-It and Internet Archive data. 

One of our bottlenecks in our work has been processing time, and the ability to have a dedicated Spark cluster will let us engage in both exploratory research, as well as the sustained processing to help make our research projects a reality. 

This will primarily support our Web Archives for Longitudinal Knowledge project, supported by Compute Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation.

Our sincerest thanks to Microsoft Research, as well as the University of Waterloo's Arts Advancement Office and Principal Gifts team for facilitating the application.

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