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Higher Education Video Game Alliance Honors Dr. Mary Flanagan with an Advancing Theory and Research Award

March 11, 2015 | By Ann Sneesby-Koch

The Office of Digital Humanities is delighted to note that Dr. Mary Flanagan is the recipient of an award from the Higher Education Video Game Alliance.  The Advancing Theory and Research award recognizes Dr. Flanagan as an "innovator and academic trailblazer" for her contributions to the conceptualization and investigation of video games and her work in “changing the way the industry thinks about and studies video games as an interactive medium and…shaping the current landscape [of] game-related academics.”

Dr. Flanagan, who is the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities at Dartmouth College, has been awarded three grants from the Office of Digital Humanities.  A Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant and a Digital Humanities Implementation Grant funded her work in developing and implementing Metadata Games, which encourages the public to engage with historic photographs and help tag them with descriptive metadata.  Metadata Games is currently being used by the Dartmouth Library, as well as 40 collections represented at 9 institutions, with recent partners such as the American Antiquarian Society and the British Library.  Dr. Flanagan is also a project director for “Engaging the Public: Best Practices for Crowdsourcing Across the Disciplines,” a workshop to be hosted at the University of Maryland in May 2015 that will investigate how “crowdsourcing” works as an effective means for generating knowledge and connecting the public with cultural heritage resources.

Our most enthusiastic congratulations to Dr. Flanagan for this super recognition of her work!

The Metadata Games project was supported by a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant (HD-50849-09) and a Digital Humanities Implementation Grant (HK-50021-12). “Engaging the Public: Best Practices for Crowdsourcing Across the Disciplines” is a cooperative agreement between the NEH, Dartmouth College, and the University of Maryland (HC-229771-15).