The Digging into Data Challenge is an international grant competition to explore the possibilities of using large-scale digitised collections in social science and humanities research.

Digging into data challenge

The Digging into Data Challenge is an international grant competition to explore the possibilities of using large-scale digitised collections in social science and humanities research. Phase one (2010-11) and two have been completed and Phase three is underway.

Phase three

Invitation to tender: Digging into Data phase two evaluation

Deadline: Monday 6 October 2014, 12noon

On January 15 2014 ten international research funders from four countries jointly announced the winners of the third Digging into Data Challenge, a competition to develop new insights, tools and skills in innovative humanities and social science research using large-scale data analysis.

Fourteen teams representing received grants to investigate how computational techniques can be applied to “big data”; changing the nature of humanities and social sciences research. Each team represents collaborations among scholars, scientists, and information professionals from leading universities and libraries in Europe and North America.

Projects

Within phase three there are nine UK led projects funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the UK and programme managed by Jisc:

Further information

To follow the progress of these projects visit the Digging into Data phase three blog or contact Christopher Brown, senior co-design manager.

Phase two

Phase two of the Digging into Data Challenge was sponsored by eight leading research agencies:

  • Jisc, UK
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), UK
  • Economic Social and Economic Research Council (ESRC), UK 
  • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Netherlands 
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), USA
  • National Science Foundation (NSF), USA
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), USA
  • Social Science and Humanities Research Council SSHRC, Canada.

Eight projects were selected for the first round, and a further 14 for the second round.

First round

Second round

Summary
Start date
1 January 2010
End date
31 March 2011
Funding programme
Digitisation and Content
Topic
Strategic Themes