NDSA:Annual Innovation Awards

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Annual Innovation Awards Activity Charter[edit]

One Sentence Description[edit]

The Annual Innovation NDSA:Awards were established by the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) to recognize and encourage innovation in the field of digital preservation stewardship.

Point of Contact[edit]

To get involved in this work, contact Trevor Owens at trow@loc.gov

Statement of the Problem and Goals for Addressing the Problem[edit]

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.

Strategic Value of Activity[edit]

  • The Annual Innovation Awards communicate the value of digital preservation work within the community and externally to stakeholders at member organizations and the larger world.
  • These awards recognize and encourage innovation in the field of digital preservation stewardship.

Required Resources[edit]

  • Time of working group members
  • Working group member reviewers
  • Secretariat: travel stipends for winners and certificates


1.By March 20th every year: Update the NDSA:nominations page at http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/ndsa/working_groups/innovation.html
2. By April 1st every year: Call for nominations sent to NDSA_ALL listserv, announced on digitalpreservation.gov site, sent out via digitalpreservation.gov newsletter.
3.By May 15th every year: Close nominations
4.By May 15th every year: Finalize reviewers
5.By May 20th every year: Send reviewers nominations
6. By June 1st every year: Identify and announce winners and finalists (optional); contact and arrange travel and attendance with winners
7.At Digital Preservation meeting every year: Awards given to winners

Dissemination of Knowledge[edit]

  • Call for nominations will be made via: NDSA_ALL listserv, digitalpreservation.gov website and newsletter.
  • Announcements of finalists and winners will also be made via NDSA_ALL listserv, digitalpreservation.gov website and newsletter.

Signifiers of Success and Outcomes[edit]

  • Each year that nominations are received and reviewed and appropriate awards are given is considered a success.
  • Increased awareness of innovative digital preservation activity and continued innovation in digital preservation projects are the outcomes of the Annual Innovation Awards.