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NDSA logoThe Annual Innovation Awards were established by the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) to recognize and encourage innovation in the field of digital preservation stewardship. These awards highlight and commend creative individuals, projects, organizations, and future stewards demonstrating originality and excellence in their contributions to the field of digital preservation. The program is administered by a committee drawn from members of the NDSA Innovation Working Group.

Nominate an Innovator – 2015 NDSA Innovation Awards Now Open

Acknowledging that innovative digital stewardship can take many forms, eligibility for these awards has been left purposely broad. Nominations are open to anyone or anything that falls into the above categories and any entity can be nominated for one of the four awards. Nominees should be US-based people and projects or collaborative international projects that contain a US-based partner. This is your chance to help us highlight and reward novel, risk-taking and inventive approaches to the challenges of digital preservation. Read our blog posts about the 2012, 2013 and 2014 award recipients.

Nominations are now being accepted and you can submit a nomination using this quick, easy online submission form below. You can also submit a nomination by emailing a brief description, justification and the URL and/or contact information of your nominee to ndsa (at)

These awards will focus on recognizing excellence in one or more of the following areas:

  • Individuals making a significant, innovative contribution to the digital preservation community.
  • Projects whose goals or outcomes represent an inventive, meaningful addition to the understanding or processes required for successful, sustainable digital preservation stewardship.
  • Organizations taking an innovative approach to providing support and guidance to the digital preservation community.
  • Future stewards, especially students, but including educators, trainers, or curricular endeavors taking a creative approach to advancing knowledge of digital preservation issues and practices.

Nominations will be accepted until Tuesday, June 30 and winners announced in mid-July.

Award Category

In which award category does the nominee best fit?

Future Steward


Please provide a brief, one-paragraph description of the individual, project, organization, or future steward being nominated and their role in digital preservation stewardship. Also please include any relevant URLs or links to publications, documentation, or other evidence of their activities.


Please provide a brief, one-paragraph justification explaining why the nominee merits recognition and how they contributed to innovation in digital preservation stewardship.

Nominee Contact Information



Related URL (if available)


  • Nominations are open to any individual and anyone can be nominated for one of the four awards. Simply put, anyone can nominate anyone and anything. There are no restrictions on affiliation of individuals, time frame of projects or activities, organization type, or student, educator, or program status.

  • Prize and Sponsor

  • Awardees will be interviewed for a blog post on The Signal about their their activities as part of the awards recognition.
  • The Annual Innovation Awards are sponsored by the National Digital Stewardship Alliance, a member organization committed to managing digital content for current and long-term use. The National Digital Stewardship Alliance was launched in July 2010 as an initiative of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program at the Library of Congress.

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