Awards

Our annual Innovation Awards were established by the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (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 an NDSA Working Group, which includes members drawn from the former Innovation Interest Group.

2016 NDSA Innovation Award Winners

Our latest awardees were announced at Digital Preservation 2016 in Milwaukee on November 9, 2016. We’re pleased to present our interviews with the awardees linked below:

Future Steward: Samantha Abrams, StoryCorps. Samantha is recognized for her work with the Madison Public Library and its Personal Archiving Lab as well as her initiative to create innovative projects and classes.

Individual: Jarrett Drake, Princeton University. Jarrett is recognized for his work at Princeton and in the community to challenge and re-examine the practices of archiving and documenting history, particularly relating to preserving the underrepresented voices in history.

Individual: Dave Rice, CUNY Television. Dave is recognized for his work in advocating widely for standards and collaboration across countries and organizations as well as his work with nonprofit organizations such as Democracy Now and WITNESS.

Organization: Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners. The MMDP is recognized for its highly original and successful organizational model in fostering innovation sharing and knowledge exchange.

Project: Tribal Stewardship Cohort Program. The project is recognized for its work in providing long-term educational opportunities in digital heritage management and preservation as well as its dedication to culturally responsive and ethically-minded practices.

2015 NDSA Innovation Award Winners

Our 2015 awardees were announced on October 15, 2015.

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 connecting 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.

About the Innovation Awards

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

These awards focus on recognizing excellence in one or more of the following areas:

  • Individuals making a significant, innovative contribution to the digital preservation community.
  • 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 issues and practices.