A Report on the Experiences of First Respondents to the Digging Into Data Challenge
by Christa Williford and Charles Henry
Research Design by Amy Friedlander
June 2012. 44 pp.
This report culminates two years of work by CLIR staff involving extensive interviews and site visits with scholars engaged in international research collaborations involving computational analysis of large data corpora. These scholars were the first recipients of grants through the Digging into Data program, led by the NEH, who partnered with JISC in the UK, SSHRC in Canada, and the NSF to fund the first eight initiatives. The report introduces the eight projects and discusses the importance of these cases as models for the future of research in the academy. Additional information about the projects is provided in the individual case studies below (this additional material is not included in the print or PDF versions of the published report).
1) Expand our concept of research
2) Expand our concept of research data and accept the challenges that digital research data present
3) Embrace interdisciplinarity
4) Take a more inclusive approach to collaboration
5) Address gaps in training
6) Adopt models for sharing credit
7) Adopt models for sharing resources
8) Re-envision scholarly publication
9) Make greater, sustained investments in human and cyberinfrastructure
- Using Zotero and TAPOR on the Old Bailey Proceedings: Data Mining with Criminal Intent (DMCI)
- Digging into the Enlightenment: Mapping the Republic of Letters
- Towards Dynamic Variorum Editions (DVE)
- Mining a Year of Speech
- Harvesting Speech Datasets for Linguistic Research on the Web
- Structural Analysis of Large Amounts of Music Information (SALAMI)
- Digging into Image Data to Answer Authorship Related Questions (DID-ARQ)
- Railroads and the Making of Modern America
CLIR wishes to acknowledge the support and assistance of the four funders of the 2009 Digging into Data Challenge:
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Science Foundation
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
as well as the lead program officers for the 2009 grant program:
Alastair Dunning (JISC), Mika Oehling (SSHRC), Jennifer Serventi (NEH), and Elizabeth Tran (NSF)
One Culture. Computationally Intensive Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences. A Report on the Experiences of First Respondents to the Digging into Data Challenge by Christa Williford and Charles Henry. Research Design by Amy Friedlander is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at www.clir.org.
This report is out of print and available only as a pdf download.