[Humanist] 29.447 projects

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Tue Nov 3 07:47:47 CET 2015

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 447.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Jon Agar <jonagar2000 at HOTMAIL.COM>                        (20)
        Subject: BSHS Ayrton Prize - shortlist and voting

  [2]   From:    Sally Frampton <sally.frampton at ELL.OX.AC.UK>              (20)
        Subject: Digital humanities projects

        Date: Mon, 2 Nov 2015 15:04:05 +0000
        From: Jon Agar <jonagar2000 at HOTMAIL.COM>
        Subject: BSHS Ayrton Prize - shortlist and voting

British Society for the History of Science (BSHS)

The BSHS has a new prize for digital projects and has just announced a shortlist of six excellent projects.

The Ayrton Prize recognises outstanding web projects and digital engagement in the history of science, technology and medicine. The prize name was chosen by members of the BSHS from a shortlist to recognize the major contributions of Hertha Ayrton (1854-1923) to numerous scientific fields, especially electrical engineering and mathematics, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The shortlist was compiled by members of the BSHS’s Outreach and Education Committee and reflect the broad range of entries.

The shortlist is:

Board of Longitude Papers (Cambridge University Library)

Digital Stories (Wellcome Collection)

The Equatorie of the Planetis (Peterhouse, Cambridge)

The Recipes Project (The Recipes Project Group)

Science Gossip (University of Leicester/Missouri Botanical Garden/Zooniverse Project)

Voices of Science (British Library/National Life Stories)

BSHS members can vote here:

If you are not a member of BSHS, perhaps now is a good time to join!

        Date: Mon, 2 Nov 2015 16:52:56 +0000
        From: Sally Frampton <sally.frampton at ELL.OX.AC.UK>
        Subject: Digital humanities projects

Dear All,

Anyone interested in the use of new digital humanities tools - particularly the relevance of 'citizen science/humanities' - might be interested in three projects which are being produced in collaboration with the ARHC funded project Constructing Scientific Communities: Citizen Science in the 19th and 21st Centuries (www.conscicom.org http://www.conscicom.org ) and Zooniverse (www.zooniverse.org http://www.zooniverse.org )

Science Gossip (www.sciencegossip.org http://www.sciencegossip.org ) was launched in March of 2015, and asks participants to classify illustrations in 19th Century natural history journals in order to produce new historical and scientific information on historical species and the participants and illustrators in Victorian natural history. In collaboration with the Biodiversity Heritage Library, (www.biodiversitylibrary.org<http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org>) we have created website which both improves the image search function of a key digital resource, while at the same time uncovering hundreds of previously un-researched participants in sciences from Geology to Archaeology. The project has been very successful, attracting ~8000 participants who have made over 400,000 classifications, accounting for 120,000 classified pages from 18 different journals. Science Gossip has also recently been shortlisted for the BSHS Ayrton prize, which is an inaugural award for websites which engage with HSTM material. (www.bshs.org.uk/ayrton-prize-2015 http://www.bshs.org.uk/ayrton-prize-2015 )

Orchid Observers (www.orchidobservers.org http://www.orchidobservers.org ) came out of a collaboration between Zooniverse and the Natural history Museum and is the first project which utilized citizen scientists to both produce the data which goes on to the website, and analyse the data once uploaded. Launched at the start of the Orchid blooming season this year, Orchid Observers asked participants to upload images of orchids found across the British Isles, and once online for users to identify species and habitat, creating an essential new database of Orchid blooming for botanists. The users also have the option of classifying images of historical herbarium sheets from the NHM archives, which will allow researchers to compare historical and modern Orchid specimens.

Constructing Scientific Communities is also developing Diagnosis London in collaboration with the Wellcome Library, a new citizen humanities project focused on the Medical Officer of Health reports for 19th and 20th century London.

We welcome all your thoughts on these new projects - for more information feel free to contact:

Sally Frampton (Diagnosis London): sally.frampton at ell.ox.ac.uk<mailto:sally.frampton at ell.ox.ac.uk>

Geoff Belknap (Science Gossip): gb224 at le.ac.uk<mailto:gb224 at le.ac.uk>

Berris Charnley (Citizen Science): berris.charnley at ell.ox.ac.uk<mailto:berris.charnley at ell.ox.ac.uk>

Dr Sally Frampton
Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Constructing Scientific Communities: Citizen Science in the 19th and 21st Centuries
2nd Floor
Gibson Building
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter
University of Oxford
Woodstock Road

www.conscicom.org http://www.conscicom.org/

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