Sixteen international research funders announce the winners of the 2017 T-AP Digging into Data Challenge

29 March 2017

16 international research funders, including NWO, today jointly awarded approximately 8.7 million euros to 14 international research teams investigating how large-scale computational techniques may be applied to answering research questions in the humanities and social sciences. Dutch researchers will be involved in 5 out of these 14 research projects. The teams will be pursuing research in numerous areas, including musicology, economics, linguistics, political science, and history.

Logo Digging into Data Challenge

Each of the fourteen winning teams is composed of researchers from multiple scholarly and scientific disciplines, working collaboratively to demonstrate how cutting-edge big data techniques can be used to investigate a wide range of research questions across the humanities and social sciences. Since its inception in 2009, the Digging into Data Challenge programme has helped to spark exciting new research avenues for the humanities and social sciences utilising computational techniques.

The T-AP Digging into Data Challenge is sponsored by research funding organisations from eleven nations, organized under the auspices of 'T-AP,' the Trans-Atlantic Platform for the Social Sciences and Humanities. T-AP is an unprecedented collaboration between key humanities and social science funders and facilitators from South America, North America and Europe. T-AP aims to enhance the ability of funders, research organisations and researchers to engage in transnational dialogue and collaboration.

Participating nations and funding organizations include: Argentina (MINCyT); Brazil (FAPESP); Canada (SSHRC, NSERC, FRQ); Finland (AKA); France (ANR); Germany (DFG); Mexico (CONACYT); Netherlands (NWO); Portugal (FCT); UK (AHRC, ESRC), and US (NEH, NSF, IMLS).

Dutch researchers will contribute to the following 5 projects:

Intelligent Search Engine for Belief Legends (ISEBEL)
: A collaboration among an international team of folklore scholars and computer scientists to develop analytical techniques for studying folkloric traditions across multiple national databases.
Funders: Germany (DFG); Netherlands (NWO); United States (NEH)
Principal Investigators: Theo Meder (Meertens Instituut); Christoph Schmitt (University of Rostock); Tim Tangherlini (University of California, Los Angeles)

Online Prices for Computing Standards of Living Across Countries (OPSLAC)
:  A collaboration among an international group of economists using online prices, available from the Billion Prices project at MIT, to study standards of living across countries.
Funders: Canada (SSHRC); Netherlands (NWO); United States (NSF
Principal Investigators: Walter Erwin Diewert (University of British Columbia); Robert Feenstra (University of California, Davis); Robert Inklaar (University of Groningen)

Responsible Terrorism Coverage (ResTeCo): A Global Comparative Analysis of News Coverage about Terrorism from 1945 to present
: A collaboration among scholars of media studies, communication, and political science to study the history of media coverage of terrorist attacks and to gain a better understanding of how such coverage can be done in a responsible manner that does not provide aid to terrorists.
Funders: Germany (DFG); Netherlands (NWO); United States (NEH)
Principal Investigators: Scott Althaus (University of Illinois); Wouter van Atteveldt (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam); Hartmut Wessler (University of Mannheim)

Digging into the Knowledge Graph
: An international collaboration of library and information scientists studying how Linked Open Data, a technique for publishing online data, can improve storage methods for humanities and social science data. Projects in musicology and economics will serve as use cases for this research.
Funders: Canada (SSHRC); Netherlands (NWO); United States (IMLS)
Principal Investigators: Andrea Scharnhorst (Data Archiving and Networked Services); Richard Smiraglia (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee); Rick Szostak (University of Alberta)

Oceanic Exchanges: Tracing Global Information Networks in Historical Newspaper Repositories, 1840-1914 (OcEx)
:  A collaborative research project that unites leading efforts in computational periodicals research to examine patterns of information flow across national and linguistic boundaries. The project draws upon large data collections of digitized 19th century newspapers to study the global culture of abundant, rapidly circulating information.
Funders: Finland (AKA); Germany (DFG); Mexico (CONACYT); Netherlands (NWO); United Kingdom (AHRC/ESRC); United States (IMLS)
Principal Investigators: Ryan Cordell (Northeastern University); Mark Priewe (Universitaet Stuttgart); Isabela Galina Russell (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México); Hannu Salmi (University of Turku); Ulrich Tiedau (University College of London); Jaap Verheul (University of Utrecht)

Source: NWO