I’ve been sitting on this good news for a few months now, but the official word is out: the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation has funded by web archive project with an Ontario Early Researcher Award. These grants are designed to help early career researchers build up research teams by hiring graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and research associates – all things that I’m hoping to do over the next five years (we also received some complementary funding that will be announced in due course). It gives me $150,000 over the next five years to begin building the Web Archives for Historical Research Group.
Since May 2015, I’ve been able to hire three research assistants with this line: Jeremy Wiebe, a PhD candidate; as well as MA candidates Shawn Dickinson and Danielle McDonald. David Hussey, my MA student who’s been working on a digital history of the Canadian video games industry, has also been working on the project as part of some complementary funding. Their profiles are available here, along with Nick Ruest and Bill Turkel who are joining me as affiliate faculty for a broader, separate grant.
The University of Waterloo announcement is here, and I think it does a good job explaining what the project does. I wanted to really thank the amazing folks at the University of Waterloo’s Office of Research, the Arts Research Office, and the Department of History for helping with the groundwork that made this possible. UW truly has offered amazing resources to get my project off the ground.