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Corpus Nummorum Thracorum receives award for online platform innovation


Second place in the 2016 Berlin Digital Humanities Prize has been awarded to the Münzkabinett's online portal for researching Thracian coins. The jury praised its 'exemplary' use of data as 'informative and easy to understand'.

This runner-up award, which also comes with a €1000 cash prize, was presented in Berlin on 7 July 2016 by Digital Humanities (an interdisciplinary research association) to the team responsible for the Corpus Nummorum Thracorum project, headed by Ulrike Peter (Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities), Angela Berthold (Münzkabinett), and Bernhard Weisser, Director of the Münzkabinett. The Corpus Nummorum Thracorum portal went online in 2015 as part of the Münzkabinett's 'Thrace 3.0: Coinage in the Land of Orpheus' exhibition. The Münzkabinett at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin designed the website in partnership with the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, creating a platform for visitors to engage in collaborative research on Thracian coins held in over twenty-four countries. It has since earned a reputation throughout the world as a pilot study for international projects relating to the digital archiving of Greek coins. The jury gave the following commendation: 'Provenience, object descriptions, archival information, classification by content, consistent and systematic attributions – complemented by a use of data that is both informative and easy to understand – are brought together to exemplary effect by the Corpus Nummorum Thracorum'.

This year's ceremony in Berlin marked the second annual round of prizes awarded by the Digital Humanities interdisciplinary research association. These are given in recognition of technically and academically innovative projects in the Berlin region that integrate IT-supported research in the humanities. Awards are given to long-term and readily accessible digital humanities projects, notable for the way in which they employ groundbreaking approaches to specialist research and to creating records of cultural heritage. Digital Humanities aims to promote academic programmes that employ electronic methods of preserving, analysing, interpreting, and displaying artefacts of human culture.