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Humanist Archives: July 8, 2020, 9:20 a.m. Humanist 34.156 - awards for innovative digital preservation

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 34, No. 156.
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        Date: 2020-07-07 12:13:23+00:00
        From: Stephen Abrams 
        Subject: NDSA 2020 Innovation Awards


Nominations are now being accepted for the National Digital Stewardship Alliance
2020 Innovation Awards:


The NDSA award program was established in 2012 to recognize and encourage 
innovative achievement in the field of digital preservation stewardship. 
The awards highlight and commend creative individuals, projects, organizations, 
future stewards, and educators demonstrating originality and excellence in 
their contributions to the field of digital preservation.   Awards are offered 
in the following categories:

  *   Individuals making a significant, innovative contribution to the digital
      preservation community.
  *   Projects whose goals or outcomes represent an inventive, meaningful
      addition to the understanding or processes required for successful, 
      sustainable digital preservation stewardship.
  *   Organizations taking an innovative approach to providing support,
      guidance, advocacy, or leadership for the digital preservation community.
  *   Future stewards, especially students and early-career professionals,
      taking a creative approach to advancing knowledge and practice of digital
      preservation issues and concerns.
  *   Educators, including trainers and curricular endeavors, promoting
      innovative approaches and access to digital preservation through academic
      programs, partnerships, professional development opportunities, and 
      curriculum development.

As a diverse international membership organization with a shared commitment to
digital preservation, the NDSA understands the importance of innovation and
risk-taking in developing and supporting a broad range of successful digital
preservation activities.  Acknowledging that innovative digital stewardship can
take many forms, eligibility for these awards has been left purposely broad.
Anyone or any project or institution acting in the context of the above
categories can be nominated for an award.  Nominees do not have to be NDSA
member institutions or individuals or project staff affiliated with member
institutions, but must evidence innovative engagement with the theory and
practice of long-term digital preservation stewardship at a level of national or
international importance.  Nominators similarly do not need to be affiliated
with NDSA member institutions.  Self-nomination is accepted and encouraged, as
are submissions reflecting the needs and accomplishments of historically
marginalized and underrepresented communities.

Nominations will be accepted until Friday, September 4, 2020.

In past years, prizes have been presented during the NDSA's annual Digital
Preservation conference (https://ndsa.org/conference/).  Given the Covid-19
pandemic, this year's event will take place in virtual form.  Details about the
conference, including the specific date of the award ceremony, have not yet been
determined but will be announced as soon as possible.

In these troubled times, it is especially important to take the time to
recognize and laud exemplary activity.  We encourage all members of the
international digital preservation community to help us highlight and reward
novel, risk-taking, and inventive approaches to the challenges of digital
preservation by submitting nominations for worthy candidates at:

For more information on the details on awards from previous years, please visit
https://ndsa.org/groups/innovation-awards/.  Please feel free to pass along this
announcement to colleagues.

NDSA Innovation Awards Working Group:

Samantha Abrams, Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation
Stephen Abrams, Harvard University (co-chair)
Lauren Goodley, Texas State University
Grete Graf, Yale University
Kari May, University of Pittsburgh
Krista Oldham, Clemson University (co-chair)


Stephen Abrams
Head of Digital Preservation, Harvard Library
Harvard University
90 Mt. Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
+1 617-998-5468

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