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Title: Awards for best Article, Book, and Multimedia sites of 2000 by the Association for History and Computing
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Source: Awards for best Article, Book, and Multimedia sites of 2000 by the Association for History and Computing


vol. 4, no. 1, April 2001
Article Type: Notice
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.3310410.0004.123

Awards for best Article, Book, and Multimedia sites of 2000 by the Association for History and Computing

2000 American Association for History and Computing Multimedia, Article, and Book Awards

During the recent American Association for History and Computing's annual conference (February 1-3, 2001) the following were awarded the AAHC's highest honors for their contributions in the field of historical research and the use of computer technologies. Our award winners are:

  • Multimedia Prize for History Related Web Sites and CD-ROM's.

    "The Drama's of the Haymarket" wins the 2001 AAHC Multimedia Prize for excellence in historical web site creation. Created by the Chicago Historical Society and the Trustees of Northwestern University the judges noted unanimously that the site is very accessible, the content first rate, well written, and engaging while the layout is expertly arranged. The site is an excellent resource for all audiences from high school to the university to the casual observer interested in Chicago history. http://www.chicagohs.org/dramas/

    "Valley of the Shadow" co-authored by Dr. Edward L. Ayers and Anne S. Rubin wins the 2001 AAHC Multimedia Prize for CDs. The judges noted unanimously that the materials leave you with an overwhelming impression of the depth and breath of the Civil War as documented by the two communities whose Civil War experiences are most revealing. The level of detail is amazing as well as the assortment of sources. The CD strikes a balance between extensive archival content and introductory text and presentation. The navigational design is effective acting as a road map as you move through the vast resources available. The CD-ROM is available through W.W. Norton publishers: http://www.wwnorton.com/vos/pageone.htm

  • The AAHC award for Best Book for 2001 goes to Patricia Kelly Hall, Robert McCaa, and Gunnar Thorvaldsen, editors for their work titled Handbook of International Historical Microdata for Population Research. This group of talented individuals belongs to IMAG — the International Microdata Access Group whose international membership fosters comparative research on national and transnational populations. The AAHC recognizes this work as an excellent example of how computer technologies can foster an interdisplinary approach to demographic studies.

    Title: Handbook of International Historical Microdata for Population Research.
    Edited by: Patricia Kelly Hall, Robert McCaa and Gunnar Thorvaldsen.
    Publisher: The Minnesota Population Center, 2000. ISBN: 0-9703410-0-8

    This year for the first time the AAHC recognizes a second book within the category of historical studies and applied technological applications. We are pleased to announce that Agatha C. Hughes and Thomas P. Hughes editors of Systems, Experts, and Computers, The System Approach in Management and Engineering, World War II and After has received this recognition. Their book analyzes the "systems" approach to problem solving that emerged among engineers, scientists, and managers in the post World War II era the conflict in Vietnam and the social engineering promoted by the Johnson Administrations "War on Poverty." The AAHC recognizes this work as a valuable contribution to our understanding of this contentious period in American history.

    Title: Systems, Experts, and Computers, The Systems Approach in Management and Engineering, World War II and After
    Edited by: Agatha C. Hughes and Thomas P. Hughes
    Publisher: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000. ISBN: 0-262-08285-3
  • The AAHC Prize for the Best Article was awarded to: J. Mills Kelly's article, "For Better or Worse? The Marriage of the Web and Classroom" http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.3310410.0003.204.

    In this article J. Mills Kelly addresses the problem of student learning in history, and the issue of outcomes assessment with regard to electronic materials. He both surveys the current state of understanding, and then reports on a study of his own on student learning outcomes. The article is a contribution both to the study of the use of computers in teaching history, and to outcomes assessment in general.

About the American Association for History and Computing:

The American Association for History and Computing (AAHC) was founded to promote discussion and exploration of the reasonable and productive union of history and computer technologies.  To support and further its goals, the AAHC sponsors a number of activities, including an annual  meeting, an electronic journal—the Journal of the American Association for History and Computing (JAHC),  a continuing publication series, and a variety of  summer workshops.

The association welcomes members from any endeavor relating to history, and anyone interested in the aims of the association is encouraged to join.

For more information on the American Association for History and Computing or the 2001 prizes, please contact:

(See Also: "Benchmarks", guest editorial by Deborah Lines Anderson in this issue of the JAHC. )

Dennis A. Trinkle
Executive Director, AAHC
Department of History
East College
DePauw University, Greencastle, IN 46135
Dtrinkle@DePauw.edu
765-658-4592

or

Ken Dvorak
Secretary, AAHC
kdvorak@lansing.cc.mi.us