A project of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program, “Digital Archive: International History Declassified,” has been selected as the winner of the 2013 Roy Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History. The Rosenzweig Prize is awarded annually in honor and support of work on an innovative and freely available new media project that reflects thoughtful, critical, and rigorous engagement with technology and the practice of history. The prize is jointly sponsored by the American Historical Association and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University and will be presented during a ceremony at the Association’s 128th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, January 2-5, 2014.
The winner was selected by a prize review committee of AHA members including Daniel J. Cohen, Chair (Digital Public Library of America), Stephen M. Robertson (Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media), Stephen Brier (Graduate Center, CUNY), Miriam Forman-Brunell (Univ. of Missouri, Kansas City), Kelly A. McCullough (German Historical Institute) and Michael H. O’Malley (George Mason Univ.).
“The Wilson Center Digital Archive brings together and contextualizes a vast trove of once-secret documents relating to the Cold War, North Korea, and nuclear proliferation. Much more than just an archive, the site curates a variety of topics into compelling narratives, timelines, and images. In addition, multiple interfaces, including an interactive map, allow researchers to make their own pathways through this important collection,” noted Daniel J. Cohen, the 2013 Rosenzweig Prize committee co-chair and executive director of the Digital Public Library of America.
The Roy Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History was developed by friends and colleagues of Roy Rosenzweig (1950-2007), the Mark and Barbara Fried Professor of History and New Media at George Mason University, to honor Rosenzweig’s life and work as a pioneer in the field of digital history.
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