T-AP announces winners of Digging into Data Challenge, Academy grants 700,000 euros to Finnish projects

31 Mar 2017

The Trans-Atlantic Platform for the Social Sciences and Humanities (T-AP) has announced the 14 winners of the 2016 Digging into Data Challenge, an international funding opportunity to support the use of big data to address questions in the social sciences and humanities.

As one of the organisations participating in T-AP, the Academy of Finland co-funded the funding competition with 700,000 euros channelled through the Research Council for Culture and Society. The funding was used to support four Finnish subprojects among the 14 winning teams.

The Digging into Data Challenge is a funding opportunity for international teams investigating how large-scale computational techniques may be applied to answering research questions in the humanities and social sciences. Each team is composed of researchers from at least three participating countries and partners from both sides of the Atlantic.

The participating countries and funding agencies are: Argentina (MINCyT); Brazil (FAPESP); Canada (SSHRC, NSERC, FRQ); Finland (Academy of Finland); France (ANR); Germany (DFG); Mexico (CONACYT); the Netherlands (NWO); Portugal (FCT); United Kingdom (AHRC, ESRC), and the United States (NEH, NSF, IMLS). The total funding from all participating research funders amounts to some 8.5 million euros.

Nineteen projects with Finnish participation applied for funding from the competition. In six of these, the Finnish applicant was also the principal investigator of the consortium.

In all, the funding opportunity attracted 109 consortium applications from 374 different teams worldwide. The US accounted for the largest number of applications (87), followed by the UK (69) and Canada (50). Applications were reviewed by three international expert panels and the funding decisions were taken based on the results of the review.

The funded Finnish projects will be integrated into the Academy of Finland’s Digital Humanities Academy Programme (DIGIHUM).

Funded projects with Finnish PIs are:

  • Eero Hyvönen, Aalto University: Mapping Manuscript Migrations: Digging into Data for the History and Provenance of Pre-Modern European Manuscripts; 175,000 euros; includes teams from France, the UK and the US
  • Okko Räsänen, Aalto University: Analyzing Child Language Experiences around the World (ACLEW); 175,000 euros; includes teams from Argentina, Canada, France, the UK and the US
  • Hannu Salmi, University of Turku: Oceanic Exchanges: Tracing Global Information Networks in Historical Newspaper Repositories, 1840–1914 (OcEx); 175,000 euros; includes teams from Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, the UK and the US
  • Peter Sarlin, Hanken School of Economics: Digging into High Frequency Data: Present and Future Risks and Opportunities; 175,000 euros; includes teams from France, Germany, the UK and the US.

More information

  • List of funded projects (PDF)
  • Digital Humanities Academy Programme
  • Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP) and Digging into Data Challenge: Science Adviser Satu Huuha-Cissokho, tel. +358 295 335 075, firstname.lastname(at)
  • Digital Humanities Academy Programme: Programme Manager Risto Vilkko, tel. +358 295 335 136, firstname.lastname(at)

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