From Jefferson Bailey, Strategic Initiatives Manager, Metropolitan New York Library Council
Washington, DC The National Digital Stewardship Alliance InnovationWorking Group is pleased to open the nominations for the 2014 NDSA Innovation Awards. These awards are an example of the NDSA's commitment to encourage and recognize innovation in the digital stewardship community. For more information on the details of last year's recipients, please see the blog post announcing last year's winners here.
The NDSA Innovation Awards focus on recognizing excellence in one or more of the following areas:
• Individuals making a significant, innovative contribution to the field of digital preservation;
• 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 and guidance to the digital preservation community;
• Future stewards, especially students, but including educators, trainers or curricular endeavors, taking a creative approach to advancing knowledge of digital preservation theory and practices.
Acknowledging that innovative digital stewardship can take many forms, eligibility for these awards has been left purposely broad. Nominations are open to anyone or anything that falls into the above categories and any entity can be nominated for one of the four awards. Nominees should be US-based people and projects or collaborative international projects that contain a US-based partner. This is your chance to help us highlight and reward novel, risk-taking, and inventive approaches to the challenges of digital preservation.
Nominations are now being accepted and you can submit a nomination using this quick, easy online submission form. You can also submit a nomination by emailing a brief description, justification and the URL and/or contact information of your nominee to ndsa (at) loc.gov.
Nominations will be accepted until Friday May 2, 2014 and winners announced in mid-May. The prizes will be plaques presented to the winners at the Digital Preservation 2014 meeting taking place in the Washington, DC area on July 22-24, 2014. Winners will be asked to deliver a very brief talk about their activities as part of the awards ceremony and travel funds are expected to be available for these invited presenters.
Take a moment and nominate your favorite person or project at http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/ndsa/awards.html?loclr=blogsig.