Rise to the Human Dimensions Open Data Challenge!

Canada’s Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is teaming up with Compute Canada (CC), Ontario Centres of Excellence and ThinkData Works to present the first Human Dimensions Open Data Challenge.

Multidisciplinary teams lead by Social Science and Humanities researchers from Canadian post-secondary institutions are asked to answer the following question: What data, technology or process initiatives will mitigate or address critical business, policy, and social challenges in Canada’s natural resources and energy sectors through 2035?

Through this challenge, the teams will find solutions to the SSHRC Future Challenge Area that focuses on energy and natural resources. The teams have to address one or more of the following themes under this challenge area:

  • Community engagement
  • HR, skills and competencies and mobility gaps
  • Sustainability

The teams will use open data sets and the advanced research computing resources offered by Compute Canada to present solutions such as systems, processes or fully functional technology applications.

The five finalist teams will each be awarded $3,000, and will, as part of the challenge, be provided access to Compute Canada cloud resources for the remainder of the calendar year. The top team will be selected from among the five finalist teams, and will be awarded an additional $5,000, given four tickets to the High Performance Computing Symposium in 2016 (HPCS2016), and invited to present at HPCS2017.

For more information on eligibility, resources and support provided by CC, the submission process and prizes offered, please visit Compute Canada’s Human Dimensions Open Data Challenge page. There is still time! The deadline for entries is now March 31st!