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March 16, 2011

IMLS Press Contacts
Mamie Bittner, [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> 

Eight International Research Funders Announce Round Two of the 
Digging into Data Challenge 

Washington, DC-Today, eight international research funders are jointly
announcing their participation in round two of the Digging into Data
Challenge, a grant competition designed to spur cutting edge research in
the humanities and social sciences. 

The Digging into Data Challenge asks researchers these questions: How
can we use advanced computation to change the nature of our research
methods? That is, now that the objects of study for researchers in the
humanities and social sciences, including books, survey data, economic
data, newspapers, music, and other scholarly and scientific resources
are being digitized at a huge scale, how does this change the very
nature of our research? How might advanced computation and data analysis
techniques help researchers use these materials to ask new questions
about and gain new insights into our world?

"IMLS is delighted to be a partner in the Digging into Data Challenge,"
said IMLS Director Susan Hildreth. "This is a great opportunity for
libraries, museums and archives to investigate new uses for the wealth
of digital assets now available and to work with scholars in new areas
of research made possible by tools for analyzing large-scale digital

The first round of the Digging into Data Challenge sparked enormous
interest from the international research community and led to eight
cutting-edge projects being funded. There has also been increased media
attention to the question of so-called "big data" techniques being used
for humanities and social sciences research, including a recent cover
article in the journal Science.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of round one, the Digging into Data
Challenge is pleased to announce that four additional funders have
joined for round two, enabling this competition to have a world-wide
reach into many different scholarly and scientific domains. 

The 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).

Final applications will be due June 16, 2011. Further information about
the competition and the application process can be found at <> . 


About the Institute of Museum and Library Services 
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of
federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.
The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that
connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the
national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to
sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and
innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about
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