Do you have large data sets that you would like to mine and analyze in innovative ways? Are you trying to model something that’s too complex for your desktop? Do you want to look for patterns in visual imagery, reveal trends in spatial data, or perform quantitative analysis of digitized texts? Perhaps you want to build a web-based research or analytical tool and don’t know where to start. This orientation session will introduce you to the terms and concepts around high performance (HPC), supercomputing and big data analytics, the resources available within Compute Canada and ACENET, what they do and how they apply to various types of research. It will also provide some illustrative examples of how researchers and students across the sciences and humanities are using digital tools, and how to get started.