2015 Dodds Prize Winner


As managing editor of Archivaria, it is my distinct pleasure to announce that Grant Hurley has been awarded the Dodds Prize for 2015 for his paper "Community Archives, Community Clouds: Enabling Digital Preservation for Small Archives." Grant will be graduating this November from the University of British Columbia, and his paper was submitted by Prof. Luciana Duranti.

Instituted in 2011, the Dodds Prize recognizes superior research and writing on an archival topic by a student enrolled in a Master's level archival studies program at a Canadian university. The award honours Gordon Dodds (1941-2010) who was the first President of the ACA, and Archivaria's longest-serving general editor.

Three submissions were received for the 2014/15 academic year, and reviewed by an adjudication committee consisting of: Heather MacNeil (Archivaria General Editor / University of Toronto), Joanna Aiton Kerr (Provincial Archives of New Brunswick), Ian Burnett (ACA Board designate / Yukon Archives), and Richard Dancy (Simon Fraser University). I would like to thank the adjudication committee for their service.

The paper will be published in the Spring 2016 issue of Archivaria and the award will be formally presented at the ACA Conference in Montreal next June. 

The citation reads: "In this well-written and researched article, Grant Hurley brings together the apparently distinct worlds of community archives and cloud computing and suggests ways and means by which cloud computing might enable creating communities to acquire and preserve born digital records. Thoughtful and perceptive, the paper nicely balances theoretical considerations with practical solutions."

Congratulations, Grant, for your excellent work!

Jeremy Heil
Managing Editor, Archivaria