Announcing the 2015 Innovation Award Winners

Proud and battered winner of demolition derby holding trophy and checkered flag standing next to severely damaged automobile. Nat Youngblood.

Proud and battered winner of demolition derby holding trophy and checkered flag standing next to severely damaged automobile. Nat Youngblood.

On behalf of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Working Group, I am excited to announce the 2015 NDSA Innovation Award winners!

This year, the annual innovation awards committee reviewed over thirty exceptional nominations from across the country. Awardees were selected based on how their work or their project’s whose goals or outcomes represent an inventive, meaningful addition to the understanding or processes required for successful, sustainable digital preservation stewardship.

The NDSA Awardees will be recognized publicly during iPRES 2015 at a reception on the evening of Wednesday, November 4.  Each of the winners will be featured in an upcoming blog post on The Signal, so please stay tuned to hear more about these excellent awardees!

Future Steward:  Lauren Work, VCU Libraries. Lauren is recognized for her work on several projects with the aim of giving VCU Libraries’ collections greater exposure and connect the Library with the Richmond community.  In her short time at VCU, she’s created collaborations and working relationships inside and outside of the library to expose hidden collections in order to further digital preservation.

Individual: Ben Welsh, LA Times. Ben, a reporter and developer at the LA Times, created Past Pages, a project that archives the homepage of a broad swath of new sites homepages every hour. This project is something he does in his spare time and it is something he was able to raise money for via kickstarter.  It is an example of the kinds of innovative creative interdisciplinary work that can happen in digital stewardship.

Organization: Digital POWRR.  Digital POWRR is recognized for offering standalone advice for implementing a digital preservation program on a need-based spectrum spanning no funds or technical assistance up though all-in-one preservation and dissemination systems.

Project: Documenting Ferguson.  Documenting Ferguson seeks to preserve and make accessible the digital media captured and created by community members, representing diverse perspectives on the events in Ferguson and the resulting social dialogue. By providing long-term access to digital media surrounding recent historical events, this project helps set a new framework for digital preservation.

Read posts about the 2012, 2013 and 2014 award recipients.

The Annual Innovation Awards were established by the NDSA to recognize and encourage innovation in the field of digital preservation stewardship. These awards highlight and commend creative individuals, projects, organizations, and future stewards demonstrating originality and excellence in their contributions to the field of digital preservation. The program is administered by a committee drawn from members of the NDSA Innovation Working Group.

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