The Open Humanities Awards support innovative projects that use open data, open content or open source to further teaching or research in the humanities. The current second round (30 April - 6 June 2014) features a special DM2E track as well as an Open track.
The awards are coordinated by the Open Knowledge Foundation and are part of the DM2E project. They are supported by the Digital Humanities Quarterly.
What are they?
Humanities research is based on the interpretation and analysis of 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 are challenging humanities researchers, designers and developers to build upon the research, tools and data of the DM2E project or to create new innovative projects that use open content, open data or open source to further teaching or research in the humanities.
There are two tracks in this second round of the competition:
The DM2E project has developed several tools to support Digital Humanities research, such as Pundit (a semantic web annotation tool) and Omnom (a tool to process mappings from one data format to another and publish the result as Linked Open Data). The project has also developed a software platform, which makes use of open-source tools to build applications on top of the Linked Data produced in the DM2E project as well as the annotations created by scholars using Pundit.
These tools and the platform are fully open source: the code and documentation is available through our DM2E wiki, the data is at data.dm2e.eu. Useful background information is also provided through our deliverable D3.3.
For this track, we invite you to submit a project building on this DM2E research, for example:
For this track, all submissions that involve open content, open data and/or open source tools and make a contribution to humanities research are welcome - the choice is yours! For example you might want to:
You could start a project from scratch or build on an existing project. For inspiration you can have a look at the final results of our first round winners: Joined Up Early Modern Diplomacy and Maphub, or check out the open-source tools the Open Knowledge Foundation has developed for use with cultural resources.
The competition is open from 30th April 2014 until 6 June 2014 midnight. The winners will be selected by a panel of prominent digital humanities scholars.
What are the prizes?
For the second round there are 20,000 Euros of prizes on offer - 10,000 Euros for each of the two tracks - to support projects lasting up to 6 months each. We expect projects to finish by 31 December 2014 at the latest. Winners will be given the opportunity to present their work at the closing event of the DM2E project in January 2015.
How do I enter?
The competition is now closed for submissions: winners will be announced in the near future!
Who are the judges?
The Awards will be judged by a distinguished panel of world leading Digital Humanists:
What are the rules?
The rules for the Open Humanities Awards are as follows:
In addition to these rules, the following will be taken into account when judging the entries:
Where can I find existing open stuff?