And the Winner Is… Announcing the 2013 NDSA Innovation Award Winners

The following is a guest post by Jefferson Bailey, Strategic Initiatives Manager at Metropolitan New York Library Council, National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Working Group co-chair and a former Fellow in the Library of Congress’s Office of Strategic Initiatives.

Alsie Aykroyd in front of her trophies”, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. LC-B2-1069-1

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Working Group awards team is excited to announce the 2013 winners of the NDSA Innovation Awards. In this, the second year of the NDSA Innovation Awards, four outstanding individuals and projects have been recognized for their contributions to innovation in digital stewardship. Last year’s winners can be seen on a previous post on The Signal.

Selected from a large pool of nominations, this year’s Innovation Award winners represent the creativity, collaboration and willingness to explore novel approaches to complex challenges that define innovation in the preservation and accessibility of digital content. The four winners also represent the diversity of institutions, projects, individuals, and communities working to provide stewardship to digital materials of value.

The awards will be handed out at the upcoming Digital Preservation 2013 conference, July 23-25 in Washington D.C., where the winners will also give brief presentations on their projects. As with last year’s Innovation Award recipients, we hope to feature full interview with each of the winners here on The Signal.

Please join us in congratulating the 2013 Innovation Award winners:

Future StewardMartin Gengenbach, Gates Archive. Martin is recognized for his work documenting digital forensics tools and workflows, especially his paper, “The Way We Do it Here: Mapping Digital Forensics Workflows in Collecting Institutions” and his work cataloging the DFXML schema.

Individual: Kim Schroeder, Wayne State University. Kim is recognized for her work as a mentor to future digital stewards in her role as a lecturer in Digital Preservation at Wayne State University, where she helped establish the first NDSA Student Group, supported the student-lead colloquium on digital preservation, and worked to facilitate collaboration between students in digital stewardship and local cultural heritage organizations.

Project: DataUp, California Digital Library. DataUp is recognized for creating an open-source tool uniquely built to assist individuals aiming to preserve research datasets by guiding them through the digital stewardship workflow process from dataset creation and description to the deposit of their datasets into public repositories.

Organization: Archive Team. The Archive Team , a self-described “loose collective of rogue archivists, programmers, writers and loudmouths dedicated to saving our digital heritage,” is recognized for both for its aggressive, vital work in preserving websites and digital content slated for deletion and for its work advocating for the preservation of digital culture within the technology and computing sectors.

Congrats again to this year’s Innovation Award winners! We thank everyone that submitted a nomination and also thank the entire community working to advance digital stewardship.

Updated 6/11/13:  Corrected Martin Gengenbach’s current employer (Gates Archive). Marty previously worked for the Kansas State Historical Society until March 2013.

Updated 6/12/13: Corrected spelling of Kim Schroeder‘s name.

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