The Humanities Data Lab houses projects that engage in the work of the humanities–adding value to cultural artifacts through interpretation and analysis–in a digital context. Broadly, all Humanities Data Lab projects investigate code as a sustainable medium for representing cultural history. The stakes are high, as the development of sustainable, robust humanist data shapes what both scholars and the general public can know about digitized cultural history.

The lab started as the Spark Lab, a collaboration with Dr. Karis Shearer an Dr. Hussein Keshani, before breaking out as the Humanities Data Lab at UBC's Okanagan campus. Dr. Shearer took over the UBC space, transforming it into the AMP Lab. Dr. Crompton moved the Humanities Data Lab and its program of research to the University of Ottawa in 2017, with the lab renovations complete in 2020.

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The Humanities Data Lab has been made possible by generous support from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Arts (with especial thanks to the Facilities team), Department of Communication, Digital Humanities at uOttawa and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI). Its projects are funded thanks to support from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, with further infrastructure support from WestGrid and Compute Canada.