May 24, 2022

Big Data Analysis: 10 International Organizations Announce Winners of Digging Into Data Challenge (Round 3)

From the Digging into Data Challenge Web Site:

Today, 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 Canada, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States will receive 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.

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 fourteen funded projects.

Round 3 Winners (Names and Investigators)

Automating Data Extraction from Chinese Texts Principal Investigators: Peter K. Bol, Harvard University, US; Hilde De Weerdt, King’s College London, UK

Cleaning, Organizing, and Uniting Linguistic Databases (the COULD project)
Principal Investigators: Maria Polinsky, Harvard University, US; Alan Bale, Concordia University, CAN

Commonplace Cultures: Mining Shared Passages in the 18th Century using Sequence Alignment and Visual Analytics
Principal Investigators: Robert Morrissey, University of Chicago, US; Min Chen, University of Oxford; UK

Digging Archaeology Data: Image Search and Markup (DADAISM)
Principal Investigators: Maarten de Rijke, University of Amsterdam, NL; Helen Petrie, University of York, UK; Mark Eramian, University of Saskatchewan, CAN

Digging into Linked Parliamentary Data
Principal Investigators: Maarten Marx, University of Amsterdam, NL; Jane Winters, University of London, UK; Christopher Cochrane, University of Toronto Scarborough, CAN

Digging into signs: Developing standard annotation practices for cross-linguistic quantitative analysis of sign language data
Principal Investigators: Onno Crasborn, Radboud University Nijmegen, NL; Kearsy Cormier, University College London, UK

Field Mapping: An Archival Protocol for Social Science Research Findings
Principal Investigators: Frank Bosco, Marshall University, US; Piers Steel, University of Calgary, CAN

Global Currents: Cultures of Literary Networks, 1050-1900
Principal Investigators: Elaine Treharne, Stanford University, US; Lambert Schomaker, Groningen University, NL; Andrew Piper, McGill University, CAN

Legal Structures
Principal Investigators: Adam Badawi, Washington University School of Law, US; Rens Bod, University of Amsterdam

Mining Biodiversity
(Principal Investigators: William Ulate Rodriguez, Missouri Botanical Garden, US; Sophia Ananiadou, University of Manchester, UK; Anatoliy Gruzd, Dalhousie University, CAN

MIning Relationships Among variables in large datasets from CompLEx systems (MIRACLE) Principal Investigators: C. Michael Barton, Arizona State University, US; Tatiana Filatova, University of Twente, NL; Terence P. Dawson, University of Dundee, UK; Dawn Cassandra Parker, University of Waterloo, CAN 

Project Arclight: Analytics for the Study of 20th Century Media 
Principal Investigators: Eric Hoyt, University of Wisconsin-Madison, US; Charles Acland, Concordia University, CAN

Resurrecting Early Christian Lives: Digging in Papyri in a Digital Age
Principal Investigators: Philip Sellew, University of Minnesota, US; Dirk Obbink, Oxford University, UK

Trees and Tweets: Mining Billions to Understand Human Migration and Regional Linguistic Variation Principal Investigators: Diansheng Guo, University of South Carolina, US; Jack Grieve, Aston University, UK

list of Round 3 winners (with project abstracts) can be found here.

List of Funding Organizations

Some of the fundings organizations have posted news releases with info about today’s announcement. We’ve linked to several of them below. 

  • The Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
  • The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • The National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Netherlands eScience Center
  • The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
  • The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
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