By Ian Mulvany, Head of Product Innovation at
The data that is generated during research is important, but sadly it is often hard to unearth, and there are many challenges around getting the appropriate credit to go to the researchers who make data available.
Another key issue with research data is that it is often expensive to produce, and without good visibility on data as an output it can often end up unloved and can be lost over time. (If even just one research group reuses a data set, the effective utility to the research community of that data set doubles).
Our good friends at the Coleridge Initiative are today announcing an exciting project that has the potential to really make a positive of some of these problems.
This project is a competition for researchers to build tools to help automate the discovery of data sets in the social sciences.
The competition comes with prizes of $2,000 to each of the finalists, with up to $20,000 to be awarded to the winning team.
The deadline for initial applications is the 30th of September.