[open-humanities] Open Humanities Awards: second round open until 30 May 2014

Lieke Ploeger lieke.ploeger at okfn.org
Wed Apr 30 11:51:46 UTC 2014

Dear all,

We are excited to announce the second round of the Open Humanities
running from 30 April until 30 May 2014. There are €20,000 worth of prizes
on offer in two dedicated tracks:

   - Open track: for projects that either use open content, open data or
   open source tools to further humanities teaching and research
   - DM2E track: for projects that build upon the research, tools and data
   of the DM2E project <http://www.dm2e.eu/>

*Why are we running these Awards?*
Humanities research is based on the interpretation and analysis of a wide
variety of cultural artefacts including texts, images and audiovisual
material. Much of this material is now freely and openly available on the
internet enabling people to discover, connect and contextualise cultural
artefacts in ways previously very difficult.

We want to make the most of this new opportunity by encouraging budding
developers and humanities researchers to collaborate and start new projects
that use this open content and data paving the way for a vibrant cultural
and research commons to emerge.

In addition, the DM2E (Digitised Manuscripts to Europeana) project has
developed tools to support Digital Humanities research, such as Pundit (a
semantic web annotation tool), and delivered several interesting datasets
from various content providers around Europe. The project is now inviting
all researchers to submit a project building on this DM2E research in a
special DM2E track.

*What do we want to see?*
For the Open track, we are challenging humanities researchers, designers
and developers to create innovative projects open content, open data or
open source to further teaching or research in the humanities. For example
you might want to:

   - Start a project to collaboratively transcribe, annotate, or translate
   public domain texts
   - Explore patterns of citation, allusion and influence using
   bibliographic metadata or textmining
   - Analyse and/or visually represent complex networks or hidden patterns
   in collections of texts
   - Use computational tools to generate new insights into collections of
   public domain images, audio or texts

For the DM2E track, we invite you to submit a project building on the DM2E
research: information, code and documentation on the DM2E tools is
available through our DM2E wiki <http://wiki.dm2e.eu/Main_Page>, the data
is at http://data.dm2e.eu. Examples include:

   - Building open source tools or applications based on the API’s developed
   - A project focused on the visualisation of data coming from Pundit
   - A deployment of the tools for specific communities
   - A project using data aggregated by DM2E in an innovative way
   - An extension of the platform by means of a practical demonstrative

*Who is behind the awards?*
The Awards are being coordinated by the Open Knowledge Foundation and are
part of the DM2E project. They are also supported by the Digital Humanities

*Who can apply?*
The Awards are open to any citizen of the EU.

*Who is judging the Awards?*
The Awards will be judged by a stellar cast of leading Digital Humanists:

   - Professor Andrew Prescott, Kings College London
   - Professor David Robey, University of Oxford
   - Dr Melissa Terras, University College London
   - Nicole Coleman, Stanford University Humanities Center
   - Dr Laurent Romary, INRIA
   - Sally Chambers, DARIAH-EU

*How to apply*
Applications are open from today (30 April 2014). Go to
openhumanitiesawards.org to apply. The application deadline is 30 March
2014, so get going and good luck!

*More information…*
For more information on the Awards including the rules and ideas for open
datasets and tools to use visit openhumanitiesawards.org.

Lieke Ploeger

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The Open Knowledge Foundation <http://okfn.org/>

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