08 August 2016

NEH Announces Prize Winners -- Chronicling America Historic Newspaper Challenge

NEH Announces Prize Winners -- Chronicling America Historic Newspaper Challenge

We first shared with you about this challenge earlier this year in Chronicling America Data Challenge -- Prizes will be awarded!  Basically, the National endowment for the Humanities (NEH) issued a challenge (with prizes) – “Create a web-based tool, data visualization, or other creative use of the information found in the Chronicling America historic newspaper database.”
We are excited to announce the winners of this challenge as reported in The NEH “Chronicling America” Challenge: Using Big Data to Ask Big Questions. Do read the article and/or follow the links provided to learn more about each of these projects. Congratulations to the winners.

The results are in. NEH has announced six open data challenge prize recipients. The winners will receive cash prizes and will attend the National Digital Newspaper Program annual September meeting in Washington, D.C. to present their work. We join with the Library of Congress in celebrating the questions and insights that can be gained from making open data and excellent primary sources accessible to the public.

And the winners are…

First Prize
American Public Bible: Biblical Quotations in U.S. Newspapers
Entry By: Lincoln Mullen, Assistant Professor, Department of History and Art History, George Mason University (Fairfax, VA)

Second Prize (Tie)
American Lynching: Uncovering a Cultural Narrative
Entry By: Andrew Bales, PhD Student in Creative Writing, University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH)

Second Prize (Tie)
Historical Agricultural News
Entry By: Amy Giroux, Computer Research Specialist, Center for Humanities and Digital Research, University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)

Third Prize (Tie)
Chronicling Hoosiers
Entry By: Kristi Palmer, Associate Dean of Digital Scholarship, Indiana University-Purdue University (Indianapolis, IN)

Third Prize (Tie)
Entry By: Claudio Saunt, Professor, Department of History, Co-Director, Center for Virtual History and Associate Director, Institute of Native American Studies, University of Georgia (Athens, GA)

K-12 Student Prize
Digital APUSH: Revealing History with Chronicling America
Entry By: Teacher Ray Palin and A.P. U.S. History Students at Sunapee High School (Sunapee, NH)

Are there any other currently run competitions of interest to family historians that you know of?

Editor’s Note: Check out past Upfront with NGS articles on Chronicling America here and NEH here.

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