March 31, 2015
UF researchers have been awarded $60,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund a digital humanities start-up grant for MassMine: Collecting and Archiving Big Data for Social Media Humanities Researchers.
The project will support development of an open-source toolkit and training materials that would allow humanities researchers to collect and analyze large-scale, publicly available data drawn from social media sites. The grant award is through the partnership of UF’s Department of English, the George A. Smathers Libraries, and UF Research Computing. The research conducted will utilize the compute power of HiPerGator and MassMine software, an open source software developed for humanities research. Associate Scientist and Bioinformatics Specialist Matt Gitzendanner, said that providing for the needs of social science researchers is a priority:
“Since its founding in 2011, Research Computing has strived to support researchers across campus, going beyond the traditional users of high-performance computing in the STEM fields. We have users in over 120 departments across campus, including many in the digital humanities”
For more information about this project, visit the UF MassMine project overview page. Faculty interested in utilizing high-performance computing services at UF can email Erik Deumens, director of Research Computing.