[globaloutlookDH-l] DH Awards

James Cummings James.Cummings at it.ox.ac.uk
Tue Feb 4 04:06:24 MST 2014

On 04/02/14 05:17, O'Donnell, Dan wrote:
> model for recently with our essay competition. As I have just
> written, the real surprise of the essay competition (and I'd
> say GO::DH more generally) is the discovery that there's no
> reason not to say "submit in any language you want." It is
> simply not that hard to adjudicate multilingually. Indeed, I
> was amazed how easy it was.

I agree with this and think all such competitions should say 
this. I've tried to highlight that with DH Awards, but evidently 
need to do so even more if we run it again. For the very minimal 
criteria of nominations for DH Awards ("DH?", "Category?", 
"Date?") even the awful Google Translate was enough for someone 
like me to ascertain that some entries were perfectly acceptable 
or not.  With an international nominations committee 
http://dhawards.org/dhawards2013/committee/ we have about 7 or 8 
languages on the committee which helps, but would use Google 
Translate or approach those we knew spoke the language of any 
controversial nomination. This is a lot different from an essay 
competition of course, where the person reviewing it needs much 
more in-depth understanding.

> I'd say our experience says you can run open language
> competitions relatively easily.

Although I may be sounding defensive (if so I apologise), I would 
definitely be interested in suggestions from GO:DH about how to 
encourage even more non-English nominations. Getting the call for 
nominations translated into even more languages I guess would be 
the first step. Other suggestions appreciated.


Dr James Cummings, James.Cummings at it.ox.ac.uk
Academic IT Services, University of Oxford

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