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Museums and the Web

An annual conference exploring the social, cultural, design, technological, economic, and organizational issues of culture, science and heritage on-line.

Museums and the Web 2012 (MW2012): Best of the Web: Nomination Process

See the Sites Nominated.

What is Best of the Web?

How does the Best of the Web 2012 work?

  • All nominations will be made through the website 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 re-sized. 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 MW2012, 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, 2012

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 28 - April 12, 2012.
  • 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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