The annual National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) Innovation Awards were established in 2012 to recognize and encourage innovative achievement in the field of digital preservation stewardship. These awards highlight and commend creative individuals, projects, organizations, future stewards, and educators demonstrating originality and excellence in their contributions to the field of digital preservation. 

Acknowledging that innovative digital stewardship can take many forms, eligibility for these awards has been left purposely broad. Anyone or any project or institution acting in the context described above can be nominated for an award. Nominees do not have to be NDSA member institutions or individuals or project staff affiliated with member institutions, but they must evidence innovative engagement with the theory and practice of long-term digital preservation at a level of national or international importance. Nominators similarly do not need to be affiliated with NDSA member institutions. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged. The NDSA Awards Committee encourages submissions from professionals from historically underrepresented communities and their allies.

In past years, prizes have been presented during the NDSA’s annual Digital Preservation conference. Given the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s event will take place in virtual form. Details about the conference, including the specific date of the award ceremony, have not yet been determined but will be announced as soon as possible.

More information on the awards, including previous awardees, is available here. This is your chance to help us highlight and reward novel, inventive, and risk-taking approaches to the challenges and opportunities of digital preservation.

These awards focus on recognizing excellence in one or more of the following areas:
  • Individuals making a significant, innovative contribution to the digital preservation community.
  • Projects whose goals or outcomes represent an inventive, meaningful addition to the understanding or processes required for successful, sustainable digital preservation stewardship.
  • Organizations taking an innovative approach to providing support, guidance, advocacy, or leadership for the digital preservation community.
  • Future stewards, especially students and early-career professionals, taking a creative approach to advancing knowledge and practice of digital preservation issues and concerns.
  • Educators, including trainers and curricular endeavors, promoting innovative approaches and access to digital preservation through academic programs, partnerships, professional development opportunities, and curriculum development.
Please submit your nominations by Friday, September 4, 2020.

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* 1. Nominee Contact Information

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* 2. Award Category
In which award category does the nominee best fit?

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* 3. Description
Please provide a brief, one-paragraph description of the individual, project, organization, future steward, or educator being nominated and their role in innovative digital preservation stewardship.

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* 4. Related URLs (if available)
Please provide any relevant URLs or links to publications, documentation, or other evidence of their activities.

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* 5. Justification
Please provide a brief, one-paragraph justification explaining why the nominee merits recognition and how they contributed to innovation in digital preservation stewardship.

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* 6. Your Contact Information
This information will not be made public.

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