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Announcement of final votes for the eHumanities Award

After a lot of careful and meticulous consideration, the award board, is pleased to be able to present its final results:

The eHumanities Innovation Award goes to


Matje van de Camp: Leveraging historic social networks using present-day data
(Tilburg University, Netherlands) pdf   Video videocamera

Two notable mentions goes to

Angelos Barmpoutis, Eleni Bozia: The First Online 3D Epigraphic Library
(University of Florida, Florida, USA) pdf   Video videocamera


Justin Underhill: Painting and Illumination of Cultural Spac
(University of California, Berkeley California, USA)

Every reviewer was asked to assign three, two and one points respectively to three out of five contributions for the final round. Several circumstances made the decision process for the board challenging. First, all of the five finalists contributions came from different fields. Furthermore, it proved demanding to determine what should be considered genuine innovation in a new and emerging field like eHumanities. Also, decisions about appropriate weighting of presentation style against the degree of innovation had to be made, amongst many others.

Two statistics illustrate well the difficulty of the review process: On the one hand, no contribution gained no point at all. But on the other hand each contribution had received at least once no points from an individual board member.

All of the finalists contributions posed a remarkable display of expertise, insight and talent. We kindly thank all participants for their input and are looking forward to repeat this award in the coming year.



 2012 eHumanities Innovation Award - Call for Proposal Abstracts


The eHumanities Innovation Award recognizes emerging researchers who have developed new automated methods for the analysis of Humanities content. We particularly look for research that involves a deep understanding of issues from both the Humanities and from the Information Sciences. Individual researchers may thus be primarily centered in the Humanities or in the Information Sciences but we also invite work that involves collaboration across these boundaries.

Your proposal should clarify the following points:

  • How does your methodology/technique work? Explain and discuss here in detail not only the technique you propose, but also the distinguishing features of your approach.
  • Which benefits does your method provide for the humanities? Please explain in detail how your method is used in any field of the humanities? Do not forget to provide good examples.
  • What are the next steps for your research process?

We are not interested in a combination of digital data with previously available tools or visualization techniques.

Who can apply? - This award focuses on researchers who have received their PhD’s within the previous 5 years or are still working on the PhD.


  1. Send a proposal abstract until July, 31st, 2012.
  2. After reviewing, the participants with the 5 most interesting contributions will be asked to present both data and results of their submissions (early September 2012).
  3. Finally, the winner and two notable mentions will be announced by September 30th, 2012.

The winner will receive a 1000 Euro award and will be invited to the 2012 Leipzig eHumanities Seminar to present the contribution.

Please send an anonymized proposal of no more than 1.500 words by July, 31st, 2012 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

If you have any questions please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Award board (in alphabetical order):

  • Marco Büchler (Natural Language Processing),
  • Elisabeth Burr (Digital Romance Linguistics),
  • Gregory Crane (Digital Classics, Digital Libraries),
  • Gerhard Heyer (Natural Language Processing,
  • Gerik Scheuermann (Visualisation),
  • Ulrich Johannes Schneider (Cultural Studies, University Library






Last Updated on Monday, 17 December 2012 07:53  


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