Digging into Data Challenge

The advent of what has been called “data-driven inquiry” or “cyberscholarship” has changed the nature of inquiry across many disciplines, revealing new opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration on problems of common interest. The creation of vast quantities of Internet-accessible digital data and the development of techniques for large-scale data analysis have led to remarkable new discoveries in genetics, astronomy, and other fields, and—importantly—connections between different academic disciplines. The Digging into Data Challenge seeks to discover how these new research techniques might also be applied to questions in the humanities and social sciences.

The Digging into Data Challenge is an international competition announced by eight sponsoring funding bodies include the Arts & Humanities Research Council (United Kingdom), the Economic & Social Research Council (United Kingdom), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (United States), the Joint Information Systems Committee (United Kingdom), the National Endowment for the Humanities (United States), the National Science Foundation (United States), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (Netherlands), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada)..

NOTE: This competition is open only to international research projects. Each project represents a collaboration among 2-4 teams, each team representing one of the competition’s participating countries.

Specific objectives are:

  • to promote the development and deployment of innovative research techniques in large-scale data analysis that focus on applications for the humanities and social sciences;
  • to foster interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers in the humanities, social sciences, computer sciences, library, archive, information sciences, and other fields, around questions of text and data analysis;
  • to promote international collaboration among both researchers and funders; and
  • to ensure efficient access to and sharing of the materials for research by working with data repositories that hold large digital collections.

Amount of Award Each project is a partnership among two or more national teams, from at least two of the four participating countries. When a project is selected for funding, each of the teams will receive a grant. Each project can be awarded up to a maximum of four grants.  For Canadian teams, the award amount will range between CAN $25,000 and $125,000.

Deadlines: Final applications due June 16, 2011

The full Request for Proposals is available at: http://www.diggingintodata.org/

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