Data Curation Research Paper Competition

ICPSR invites original student submissions for a research paper competition on the topic of data curation. Archiving and sharing research data has received significant public attention. This competition has the purpose of encouraging and highlighting exemplary student research on data curation, including, but not limited to, such topics as data management planning, supporting the data curation lifecycle, metadata, data confidentiality, preservation, and cost modeling.

  • Awards: $1,000 for a single first-place award, $750 for a single second-place award.
  • Entrants must be current PhD, master’s, or undergraduate students, or recent graduates who graduated on or after April 1, 2013. (Students who graduated before April 1, 2013, are not eligible.)
  • Entrants may be from ICPSR member or nonmember institutions.
  • Entrants may be from the US or outside the US.
  • Deadline: All papers and corresponding entry forms must be received by midnight Pacific Time, May 30, 2014.

More information about this data curation research paper competition is available from the ICPSR website.

Education Open Data Challenge

Education Open Data Challenge Closes 1st March

The Open Data Institute and Nesta are currently running an Education Open Data Challenge where they are making available new open data and also piloting secure access for a group of parents to their child’s to the National Pupil Database. They are looking for teams to work with this data to create products and solutions to help parents make informed choices about their children’s education in one (or more) of three key areas: 1) Expressing a preference for a school; 2) Choosing a subject or other learning priorities; 3) Engaging with their children’s learning.

More information is available from here.

National Academy BRDI Open Challenge on Research Data and Information

National Academy BRDI Open Challenge on Research Data and Information

As a way of raising awareness and stimulating thinking about the potential for new uses of research data and information, the US National Academy of Sciences Board on Research Data and Information, has issued an open challenge for exemplary projects. The announcement is below:

The National Academy of Sciences Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI; announces an open challenge to increase awareness of current issues and opportunities in research data and information. These issues include, but are not limited to, accessibility, integration, searchability, reuse, sustainability, perceived versus real value and reproducibility. A Letter of Intent is requested by December 1, 2013 and the deadline for final entries is May 15, 2014.
Awardees will be invited to present their projects at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC as part of a symposium of the regularly scheduled Board of Research Data and Information meeting in the latter half of 2014.
More information is available at Please contact Cheryl Levey ( with any questions.

NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K Initiative)

NIH commits $24 million annually for Big Data Centers of Excellence

The National Institutes of Health will fund up to $24 million per year for four years to establish six to eight investigator-initiated Big Data to Knowledge Centers of Excellence.

The centers will improve the ability of the research community to use increasingly large and complex datasets through the development and distribution of innovative approaches, methods, software, and tools for data sharing, integration, analysis and management. The centers will also provide training for students and researchers to use and develop data science methods.

More information is available at:

Social Good Data: Grant Opportunity

The Grand Challenges in Global Health is providing a grant opportunity for researchers who are interested in increasing the interoperability of social good data.
According to the website:
Through this challenge, we’re looking for game-changing ideas we might never imagine on our own and that could revolutionize the field. We are looking for ideas that might provide new and innovative ways to address the following:
  • Improving the availability and use of program impact data by bringing together data from multiple organizations;

  • Enabling combinations of data through application programming interface (APIs), taxonomy crosswalks, classification systems, middleware, natural language processing, and/or data sharing agreements;

  • Reducing inefficiency for users entering similar information into multiple systems through common web forms, profiles, apps, interfaces, etc.;

  • Creating new value for users trying to pull data from multiple sources;

  • Providing new ways to access and understand more than one data set, for example, through new data visualizations, including mashing up government and other data;

  • Identifying needs and barriers by experimenting with increased interoperability of multiple data sets;

  • Providing ways for people to access information that isn’t normally accessible and combing that information with open data sets.