Web Archives for Historical Research Group Receives Support from Microsoft Research

(x-posted from our research group’s page)

microsoft-azure-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.

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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