[globaloutlookDH-l] DH Awards Suggestion

James Cummings James.Cummings at it.ox.ac.uk
Fri Feb 7 04:17:32 MST 2014

Hi GO::DH,

Me again! Sorry. After summarising the suggestions received here 
I received a suggestion through other means that I'd like to run 
by you since it does feed into the desire to encourage non-anglo 
DH resources to nominate themselves for DH Awards.

As you'll remember some didn't like the annual nature of the 
awards without a catch-all category of 'other' and some didn't 
like the non-English category because of a perceived 
ghettoisation of non-English resources. I resisted the 'other' 
category for two reasons (1: a *large* category for admin and 
voters; 2: difficulty of comparison for voters).

The suggestion was made to me that there be an 'Other' category 
for anything that didn't fit into the other categories, but that 
nominations in this category be restricted to non-English 
resources (that didn't fit into any of the other categories and 
the nominations committee try to move things nominated here to 
other categories if suitable). The idea behind this suggestion, I 
believe, is that English resources don't get the benefit of the 
'other' category and miss out as previously described, but 
non-English resources do not. This would be a form of so-called 
'positive discrimination' based on the assumption that anglo 
resources have more than enough innate privileges.

For my part, I found the idea clever but I worry about any form 
of discrimination (positive or not), and also couldn't think of a 
way to name it which didn't seem to repeat the perceived 
ghettoisation that people have seen in this year's category. 
While I don't think anglo-created resources would suffer unduly 
because of this, it still seems a bit unfair.


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

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