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Museums and the Web 2011 (MW2011): Best of the Web: Nomination Process

Congratulations to the winners of the 2011 Best of the Web Awards.

Each year, a committee of peers recognises the best museum work on the web. Sites are nominated by museum professionals from around the world.

See the Sites Nominated.

Browse by category:

How does the Best of the Web 2011 work?

  • All nominations will be made through this site and be available online for others to review.
  • Only registered users can nominate a site. If you haven't registered, feel free to set up an account. Note: All requests for accounts are reviewed; spam accounts will be deleted. Accounts resulting from a campaign to promote a site will not be approved or will be suspended when discovered.
  • Each registered user can nominate only one site.
  • Sites can be nominated in any one of the categories.
  • You are encouraged to nominate a site other than your own.

What's required in a Nomination?

  • To make a nomination complete the online form.
  • Complete all the fields:
    • Site Name
      the formal name of the site, or part of a site
    • Institution
      the museum that launched the site; format this so it sorts in lists
    • Designer
      the name of the individual or firm who designed the site. if in-house, say so here.  
    • URL
      the full, working URL for the site, starting with http:// Make sure you get this right. if we can't find the site, we can't review it.
    • Category
      the category the site should be considered it. pick an appropriate category; parts of sites that excel in a category do better in competition than home pages nominated in any category.
    • Small Museum Yes / No
      should this site be considered for a Small Museum award?
    • Why
      help the judges: highlight why this site is great at what it does. Cite specific pages by URL. Include screen shots if desired.
    • Screen Images
      At least one screen shot is recommended. You may attach a maximum of five screen shots to your entry. These should highlight exceptional parts of the site. Only the first five images linked to a nomination will be published.  Upload a screenshot by clicking on the camera icon above the Why text area. Follow the prompts on the pop-up form, first to upload your image file, and then to link it to your nomination. Your image will be automatically resized. Put your image at the start of your text, and the words will flow around it. Please use the default settings for image formatting. 
  • Preview your nomination and correct any problems. You cannot edit it once it is submitted.
  • Submit your nomination. Once submitted, your nomination is final. Each user can submit only one nomination
  • Once submitted, nominations will be reviewed by MW2011, and then released to the conference site.

Please don't just re-submit your MUSE award application. These are very different competitions.

The Deadline

  • Nominations will be accepted until February 21st, 2011

The List of Nominations

  • Nominations will appear in the list immediately after they are reviewed and released.
  • Nominations are linked to the user profile of the nominator.

The Review Process

People's Choice

  • Members of the community vote for the "people's choice' award: March 25 - April 7, 2011.
  • When voting is open, registered [logged in] users will see a link by each nomination. Click to vote. 
  • Only registered users can vote for a site. Each user has one vote.
    If you haven't registered, feel free to set up an account. All requests for accounts are reviewed; spam accounts will be deleted. Accounts created during a campaign to promote a site will not be approved.

  • Voting for the 'People's Choice' is limited to members of this online community [professionals, researchers and students in cultural informatics] because it is not intended to be a public popularity contest. Like the other Best of the Web Awards, the People's Choice is an opportunity for peers – people in our field – to recognise good work. Broad, public campaigns for support are not encouraged. Collegial jostling is expected. 

The Awards

Background and Past Awards

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Final for 2011, following Best of the Web 2011 Panel review.

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