It’s once again March and that can only mean one thing at The Junto: our March Madness tournament. We skipped last year to welcome our new members, so in case you’ve forgotten: you nominate, we bracket, and you vote. In previous years, we have hosted tournaments of books, articles, and primary sources in early American history.
This year, our tournament will focus on digital projects on early America.
Nominations open now and will close on Wednesday, March 6 at 5 p.m. eastern time. Consult the rules and add your nominations in the comments section below. Join in the conversation using the hashtag #JMM19. Voting will commence next week.
1) We define digital projects broadly. That includes, but is not necessarily limited to, online archives, digital editions of primary sources, visualizations, databases, twitter bots and social media projects, podcasts, teaching resources, blogs, etc. The project should be substantially—though not necessarily exclusively—focused on (vast) early America.
2) The Junto humbly exempts itself from consideration.
3) We are particularly interested in digital projects that are freely available to the public. While paywalled databases, for example, can be extraordinarily valuable resources, this tournament will focus on projects that are accessible and open to everyone.
4) All nominations should be made in the comments section below. Please include a hyperlink to the digital project in your comment. Tell us in a sentence or two why you like this digital project and think that others should know about it. You are welcome to self-nominate: feel free to use this tournament as an opportunity to bring attention to a project that you have initiated.
6) Each voter may nominate up to three digital projects. Please check the comments to see if your preferred projects have already been nominated (you can do this quickly through a page search: go to Edit -> Find in your browser). You are also welcome to “second” up to three previously-nominated projects. In other words, each voter is permitted up to six votes: three votes for unnominated digital projects and three votes to second previously nominated choices. In your comments, please explicitly note which of your votes are nominations and which are seconds. Bracket seeding will be determined, in part, based on the number of “seconds” that a nomination attracts.
As always, this tournament is intended in the spirit of good fun. The competition may result in choosing readers’ “favorite” digital project, but it should not be understood as determining the “best” digital project in early America. We hope that this tournament provides an opportunity for the early American community to discover, and rediscover, the many extraordinary digital resources and projects out there.