Global Outlook :: Digital Humanities (GO::DH) is pleased to announce the first Global Digital Humanities Essay competition.
This competition is for research papers looking at some aspect of the national, regional, or international practice of the Digital Humanities. Within this broad subject, participants may choose their own approach: focussing in individual problems or projects (e.g. some specific scholarly, preservation, or cultural heritage issue), or broader philosophical, geographical, sociological, political, or other discussion of the practice of Digital Humanities in a global context.
Up to four awards of $500 (CAN) each plus an opportunity for fast-track publication in Digital Studies/Le champ numérique. Additional awards, including fast-track publication, may be available for runners up and honorary mentions.
The competition is open to any interested party including students, graduate students, junior faculty, and researchers unaffiliated with a university or research institution. Only one submission is permitted per person.
Submissions may be in any language. The adjudication committee will attempt to find readers for languages that lie outside its own experience (A list of members of the adjudication committee and the languages they read is found below). Digital Studies/Le champ numérique publishes in English or French. Winning contributions in languages other than French or English will be published in their original language with a translation into either English or French.
Adjudication criteria:The committee will adjudicate essays based on their interest and topicality, the quality and breadth of their research, and the quality of analysis and data. In each case these criteria will be considered in relation to the chosen topic. The committee is also committed to ensuring a diversity of voices and experiences in represented in the competition and among the finalists.
June 30, 2013 Noon GMT, July 6, 2013 Deadline for initial submission. Submissions may take the form of extended abstracts (500-1000 words) or complete drafts (recommended length: 6,000-15,000 words). Winning entries in this round will receive an interim award of $200.
October 30, 2013: Deadline for final submission. Winners from the initial round will be invited to submit their completed papers by October 30, 2013 for review, copy-editing, and submission to Digital Studies/Le champ numérique. Upon successful completion of the review process, the winning contestants will receive a completion bonus of $300.
Send your submissions to email@example.com. Preferred formats are PDF, HTML, Plain Text, Word, Open Office, or LaTeX.
By submitting to the competition, authors agree to grant the adjudication committee a Creative Commons 2.0 BY-NC licence to their work.
Entries will be adjudicated by an international panel. The panel reserves the right to consult with others or add additional members to the committee. The decisions of the adjudication panel will be final.
- Daniel O'Donnell (Lethbridge, AB, Canada) (Chair)
- Titi Babalola (Lethbridge, AB, Canada)
- Barbara Bordalejo (Saskatoon, SK, Canada)
- Hilary Culbertson (Durham, NC, USA)
- Elie Dannaoui (Balamand, Lebanon)
- Heide Estes (Monmouth, UK)
- Domenico Fiormonte (Rome, Italy)
- Neil Fraistat (Baltimore, MD, USA)
- Alex Gil (New York)
- Elena Gonzalez-Blanco (Madrid, Spain)
- Jieh Hsiang (Taipai, Taiwan)
- Ernesto Priani (Mexico City)
- Gurpreet Singh (Punjab, India)
- Laurie Taylor (Gainesville, FL, USA)
Funding for this competition has been provided by the University of Lethbridge Office of Research and Innovation Services (ORIS) through its Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) internal funding programme.
Further informationFor further information, contact Daniel Paul O'Donnell at firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of the Rewriting Wikipedia Project, we will be hosting the Global Women Write-In (#GWWI) virtually on April 26, 2013 from 1-3pm EST. This globally oriented project encourages editors to add more entries and information on women around the world to Wikipedia, since entries on individuals from these groups are often missing or neglected.
While Wikipedia has increasingly taken on the role of most commonly referenced encyclopedia, the number and length of entries on ethnic/minority and marginalized people around the world are lacking. This is arguably the result of the internalized biases and interests of most Wikipedia editors. According to the Wikimedia Wikipedia’s Editor’s Survey of 2011, “If there is a typical Wikipedia editor, he has a college degree, is 30-years-old, is computer savvy but not necessarily a programmer, doesn’t actually spend much time playing games, and lives in US or Europe.” As a result, we also aim to encourage new people to become Wikipedia editors to diversify the profile of Wikipedia editors, and we provide support for these editors and develop best practices for rewriting Wikipedia.
The Rewriting Wikipedia Project is a working group within GO:DH that works in conjunction with the Postcolonial Digital Humanities (#dhpoco) movement to increase the number of and improve existing entries on marginalized peoples and cultures. The Rewriting Wikipedia Project argues that editing Wikipedia is one of the most important projects for global activists because Wikipedia is a commonly referenced source of information riddled with incomplete or missing entries on people from marginalized groups. Yet, anyone can edit Wikipedia, so this openness represents tremendous opportunity to help shape global forms of knowledge.
The write-in will be the first of a series of events sponsored by the Rewriting Wikipedia Project addressing inequalities in Wikipedia, and it builds on the success of the #TooFEW Feminists Engage Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon in March.
How can you participate?
Contribute to the list of Wikipedia entries that we should edit or improve. Add your ideas to the working list here, or in the comments below. You can find 'stub' articles -- those that have been marked as needing further information - by searching various categories.
Sign up for a Wikipedia account (we recommend using a pseudonym).
Watch this video to learn just how to edit Wikipedia. Be sure to set aside some time for this video. It’s an hour long, and we recommend clicking on FLASH – it tends to play better that way. If you don’t have time to do this, join the hashtag on Twitter or our designated chatroom.
Don't want to write? Add images to feminist articles. Here is the image use policy for Wikipedia.
Track our work and tweet your own using the hashtag #GWWI.
Join us on Friday, April 26th from your own computer!
Expand the Project
Teachers – Do your students need extra credit? Can Rewriting Wikipedia become a class project?
Students – Are you learning about some really cool people in POC/Trans*/Queer/Women’s History who don’t have wiki pages or have pages with incorrect information? You can fix that!
Friends – Do you know other folks who should know about our work? Please send this link to activists, faculty or others who might be interested in participating. Everyone is welcome!
Organizations – Do you know organizations that have information on different communities, histories, or projects that should be added to Wikipedia?
Too swamped to edit right now but want to contribute? Add your idea to our list.