Choice includes EVIA Project in top ten websites for 2012

The January 2013 issue of Choice has recognized the EVIA Digital Archive Project as one of the most significant electronic works reviewed in the previous calendar year.  The EVIA Project was one among twenty-nine Outstanding Titles in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Category.  According to Choice, "Every year, Choice subject editors single out for recognition the most significant print and electronic works reviewed in Choice during the previous calendar year. Appearing annually in Choice’s January issue, this prestigious list of publications reflects the best in scholarly titles and attracts extraordinary attention from the academic library community." This list "...reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community."

In awarding Outstanding Academic Title status, the editors apply several criteria to reviewed titles. Among the criteria are the resource's importance relative to other literature in the field, overall excellence in presentation and scholarship, originality, and value to students. In publishing the Outstanding Academic Titles feature, Choice acknowledges and honors the authors, editors, and publishers of these works for their vital contribution to the scholarly endeavor. In addition to being named an Outstanding Title, the EVIA Project was recognized among Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles, 2012: Top 10 Websites. Other online resources in the top ten include the Encyclopedia of Life, the Scientific American Archive, and the Silbey Music Library: Musical Scores.

The EVIA Digital Archive Project is managed by the Archives of Traditional Music and the Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities under the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Indiana University. Originally funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the EVIA Project was a major collaboration between multiple units at Indiana University and the University of Michigan. The mission of the EVIA Project has been to digitally preserve ethnographic field video, develop tools for scholarly annotation, description and analysis of video, support peer review of the products, and create a new form of publication that blends the concerns of scholarship and archives. The EVIA Project continues to add new collections and explore shared solutions for scholars, archives and publishers. IDAH Director, Ruth Stone, who is Co-PI of the EVIA Project, commented, “Over the past eleven years, the EVIA Project has been at the forefront of developing multimedia digital publications, and innovative tools for annotating time-based media. We are proud that Choice has recognized the EVIA Project in this way.”  ATM Director, Alan Burdette, who also serves as the Director of the EVIA Project concurred, "The EVIA Digital Archive Project grew out of a shared vision between scholars, librarians, technologists, and archivists. When the project began in 2001, YouTube did not exist, and Google was mostly unknown. Even though the landscape for the discovery and delivery of video resources has changed dramatically, the EVIA Project remains unique in its commitment to preservation, detailed annotation, and peer review."

The full EVIA Project review can be found in the February 2012 issue of Choice. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries publishes more than 7,000 reviews a year and serves a community of more than 35,000 librarians, faculty, and administrators. It is a key resource for nearly every undergraduate college and university in the United States. For more information on the award, see "Outstanding Academic Titles, 2012." Choice, v.50, no. 05, January 2013.  See also more information on Choice Reviews Online.

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Ten International Research Funders Announce Round Three of the Digging into Data Challenge

Deadline: May 15, 2013

This year ten international research funders representing Canada, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States, are jointly announcing their participation in round three of the Digging into Data Challenge, a grant competition designed to spur computationally intensive research in the humanities and social sciences.

The Digging into Data Challenge aims to address how "big data" changes the research landscape for the humanities and social sciences. As the world becomes increasingly digital, new techniques will be needed to search, analyze, and understand these materials. Digging into Data challenges the research community to help create the new research infrastructure for 21st-century scholarship.

Applicants will form international teams from at least two of the participating countries. Winning teams will receive grants from two or more of the funding agencies and, two years later, will be invited to show off their work at a special conference sponsored by the ten funders.

Final applications will be due May 15, 2013. 

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