Today, ten international research funders from four countries are jointly announcing the winners of the third Digging into Data Challenge.
This competition is run to develop new insights, tools and skills in innovative humanities and social science research using large-scale data analysis.
14 winning teams representing Canada, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States will receive grants. They will investigate how computational techniques can be applied to “big data” which will change 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.
The first round of the Digging into Data Challenge was held in 2009 and the second in 2011. Previous Digging into Data research projects have received international attention. For the current round, there are ten sponsoring funders and a total of 14 funded projects.
The projects cover a wide variety of topics, some of the UK projects include:
- Digging into linked parliamentary data
Applies data mining to undertake a large-scale computational analysis of the proceedings of three parliaments (United Kingdom, Canada, and the Netherlands)
- Resurrecting early Christian lives
Digging in Papyri in a Digital Age studies papyrus documents from Egypt found in trash heaps: scraps which provide rich evidence of human activity in the ancient Mediterranean
- Trees and tweets
Mining billions to understand human migration and regional linguistic variation: analyses contemporary Twitter data for the UK and US for regional variation in linguistic forms
- Mining biodiversity
Develops a semantic search system to help researchers and the public study scientific documents on biodiversity