Information is Beautiful! Visualising Research Competition

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Designers, graphic artists, software developers, programmers and anyone with an interest in data visualisation to produce images are being invited to show how public funding contributes to research in the UK.

Key data from the seven Research Councils is now available in one place – Gateway to Research – enabling anyone to interrogate grants awarded, publications, people and organisations. The purpose of the challenge is to develop visualisations of this data that can be easily understood by the public.

Displaying the data in an accessible way will have benefits for the designer, stakeholders,policy makers, other funding bodies and the media.

Information on the competition, being run by AHRC, BBSRC and the British Library can be found here

Previous award winning entries to give you some inspiration can also be found here

Good luck!!!

 

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Digging Into Data: International Research Funding

Big data water wordscape by Marius B CC BY 2.0Round 3 of the Digging into Data Challenge opened yesterday.

This international research funding competition, representing funders from 10 countries including JISC, AHRC and ESRC, has been held every two years since 2009 and seeks to “explore how computationally intensive research methods can be used to ask new questions about and gain new insights into our world.” This year’s Challenge focuses on how “big data” changes the research landscape for humanities and social sciences.

“Now that we have massive databases of materials available for research in the humanities and the social sciences–ranging from digitized books, newspapers, and music to information generated by Internet-based activities and mobile communications, administrative data from public agencies, and customer databases from private sector organizations-—what new, computationally-based research methods might we apply? As the world becomes increasingly digital, new techniques will be needed to search, analyze, and understand these materials. Digging into Data challenges the research community to help create the new research infrastructure for 21st-century scholarship.”

Projects must involve international collaborations between research teams in two to four countries. The deadline for applications is 15th May 2013. UK teams can be composed of individual or multiple universities and the award limit reflects this: for a single institution awards for the UK component of activity range from £15,000 to £100,000; if the team consists of members from two or more institutions then this limit is raised to £150,000. The UK element must be costed using FEC methodology in the same way as a standard JISC application. Institutions from other countries in the consortium must follow the rules of the relevant national funder, all of which are available on the Digging into Data website, alongside the main call [PDF].

Please get in touch with RBS if you would like to discuss an application to this call.

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