DeiC National Cultural Heritage Cluster, State and University Library

The DeiC National Cultural Heritage Cluster, State and University Library, is a supercomputer with access to the State and University Library’s digital cultural heritage material. There is also sufficient capacity to allow researchers to use the system to work with their own data.

The National Cultural Heritage Cluster is a modern supercomputer installation with access to the State and University Library’s digital cultural heritage material—although it is not limited to this alone.

The Cultural Heritage Cluster utilizes the most modern technologies in the field of data science, providing—for the first time—opportunities to run big data research projects in digital Danish cultural heritage material that includes a million hours of radio and TV transmissions, millions of historical newspaper pages, and several billion web documents.

The Cultural Heritage Cluster provides an extremely versatile toolbox. Users can work with methods based on Java and Python over distributed R and SQL to resources including a web-based text analysis tool— all built on an Apache Hadoop platform.

Over the course of autumn 2015, three pilot projects will be using the installation’s new calculation facilities. For these projects, the State and University Library will be teaming up with the DeiC eScience Competence Center to make facilities and training in the system available to the researchers free of charge. In 2016 and 2017, DeiC and the State and University Library will also be offering to finance pilot projects in full through open project calls.

During 2016, it will also be possible to buy calculation time and consultancy assistance on the basis of a transparent pricing model that will be developed in connection with the first pilot projects. Establishment of the Cultural Heritage Cluster represents reinforcement of humanistic research within the digital collections, where the use of large datasets has been limited to date.

Requirements

All Danish researchers are allowed to use the DeiC National Cultural Heritage Cluster, State and University Library, but it is primarily intended for researchers working in the humanities and social sciences.

Authentication

User profiles are set up locally in the system.

Payment model

The payment model will be prepared in connection with the first pilot projects.

Partners

The DeiC National Cultural Heritage Cluster, State and University Library, has been set up as a partnership between DeiC and the State and University Library.

Technical description

The Cultural Heritage Cluster is based on the software platform BigInsights from IBM, which has combined the open source system Open Data Platform with its own commercial applications.

 
Support
The project manager for the Cultural Heritage Cluster is Per Møldrup-Dalum.