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Mining Biodiversity is one of the projects that won in the third round of the transatlantic Digging Into Data Challenge, a competition aiming to promote the development of innovative computational techniques that can be applied to big data in the humanities and social sciences. Overall, 14 teams representing collaborations from Canada, US, UK and the Netherlands have been selected. Four of the selected projects come from the UK.

The project is an international collaboration between the National Centre for Text Mining (UK), Missouri Botanical Garden (US), Dalhousie University’s Big Data Analytics Institute (Canada) and Ryerson University’s Social Media Lab (Canada). NaCTeM was also a recipient of the 2011 Digging into Data call with the Integrated Social History Environment for Research (ISHER) project.

Mining Biodiversity starts in March 2014 and is funded by AHRCESRC,Innovation.caInstitute of Museum and Library ServicesJISC and NEH until September 2015.