Awards for Electronic Enlightenment
The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS) has awarded the Digital Prize for 2010 to Electronic Enlightenment (EE). This prize, funded by Adam Matthew Digital, GALE Cengage Learning, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and ProQuest, is judged and awarded annually by BSECS. Despite very strong competition this year, the award was given to EE "in recognition of the resource's scholarly value". The judging panel summarized their decision: "With its wide coverage, wonderfully full annotation and superb presentation, Electronic Enlightenment will be an immensely valuable resource for scholars working across eighteenth-century studies." Dr Robert McNamee, Director of the Electronic Enlightenment Project, has said how delighted he and the Project team at the Bodleian Libraries were to win this award:
"There are a growing number of extraordinary resources being offered to scholars in the period; to have EE's hard work and scholarship recognized as 'best in class' by one of the key learned societies in the field is a great honour. Our small but dedicated team works hard to provide students and researchers with an imaginative yet scholarly recreation of the republic of letters, with the opportunity for our users to contribute to the growth in depth and breadth of the resource through digital publication of annotations, biographies and editions of more primary documents. We are sure that this seal of approval will further raise EE's profile and encourage participation by the scholarly community."
JISC Digging into Data Challenge
A partnership by the Electronic Enlightenment Project and the Stanford Humanities Centre is one of just eight international academic teams to be awarded a grant under the 2009 Digging Into Data Challenge. This major international research award, funded by JISC (UK), NEH and NSF (USA) and SSHRC (Canada), sets out a creative challenge to academics working with digital resources:
The idea behind the Digging into Data Challenge is to answer the question "what do you do with a million books?" Or a million pages of newspapers? Or a million photographs of artworks? That is, how does the notion of scale affect humanities and social science research? Now that scholars have access to huge repositories of digitised data — far more than they could read in a lifetime — what does that mean for research?
Further information and developments can be found within the Digging into Data section of EE.