Trans-Atlantic Platform Digging into Data Round 4 Conference 2020

International researchers take to the stage at Trans-Atlantic Platform
Digging into Data Conference 2020

[December 18, 2019] Ottawa, Ontario – Trans-Atlantic Platform.

The Trans-Atlantic Platform for the Social Sciences and Humanities (T-AP) is pleased to announce the upcoming T-AP Digging into Data (DiD) Challenge Conference, to be held January 29-31, 2020 at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Alexandria, Virginia (USA).

Sponsored by NSF[i]the conference will bring together funded researchers from the T-AP Digging into Data Challenge, funding agency representatives, and interested members of the public.

The aim of the conference is to explore the outcomes of the 14 international research projects funded in Round Four of the T-AP DiD Challenge, which has focused on data-intensive projects in the humanities and social sciences. Researchers will have the opportunity to showcase how new sources of data and new computational techniques can provide insights in the realms of media studies, information science, economics, linguistics, political science, and history. Some of the projects will explore new discoveries into child language development, the motivations behind self-organized collaborations, and the use of new analytical techniques for studying culture.

In 2017, 16 Trans-Atlantic Platform partners and international research funders jointly awarded approximately $9.2M US in funding for 14 international projects as part of T-AP’s pilot funding opportunity: The T-AP Digging into Data Challenge, Round Four. The teams were tasked with investigating how big data techniques may be applied to answer questions in the social sciences and humanities.

To register for the T-AP Digging into Data 2020 Conference, click here:

For a full list of the T-AP Digging into Data Challenge, Round Four winners, visit:

Quick Facts

  • Since its inception in 2009, the Digging into Data Challenge program has helped spark exciting new research avenues for the social sciences and humanities, using new sources of data and computational techniques.
  • The international projects consist of teams from at least three countries, and must include partners from both sides of the Atlantic.
  • Projects addressed a research question in the humanities and/or the social sciences disciplines by using large-scale, digital data analysis techniques and show how these techniques can lead to new discoveries.
  • Participating nations in the last round of the T-AP Digging into Data challenge include: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United States.

 Contact information

Michelle Paradis
Communications Advisor
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

Jeff Mielke
North Carolina State University

[i] National Science Foundation Award SMA 1938348