2016 Tony Sale Award - call for entries

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The Computer Conservation Society invites entries for the 2016 Tony Sale Award for Computer Conservation. The award recognizes achievements in computer conservation or restoration, and is open to any individual or group anywhere in the world.

Managed by the Computer Conservation Society and sponsored by Google UK, the award was established in memory of computer conservation pioneer Tony Sale, who rebuilt Colossus, the World War II code-breaking computer, and co-founded the Computer Conservation Society.

The closing date for nominations is 30 June 2016.

Presentation of a £1000 cash and a trophy will be made in London on 17 November 2016. Winners will also receive travelling and accommodation expenses to the Awards Ceremony in London.

This is the third Tony Sale Award, the first being won by David Link of Germany for his computer art installation Loveletters, and the second jointly by the IBM 1401 Demo Lab, a restoration of one of the most significant machines in computer history by the Computer History Museum in California, and Z1 Architecture and Algorithms, a virtual reconstruction of the 1930’s Konrad Zuse mechanical computer, by the Free University of Berlin.

Professor Martin Campbell-Kelly, computer historian and chairman of the Judging Panel, spoke of the growing interest in the award: "The increasing number of enquiries about the award demonstrate the development of computer conservation as a very important aspect of our heritage. As with the 2014 award, we hope and expect entries from all over the world for the 2016 award.”

Projects, which may cover hardware and/or software and represent any period in computing history, should normally have been completed in the past five years. Projects may be the result of the work of individuals or a team.

The main judging criteria for the 2016 award are:

  • Originality: To what extent does the project demonstrate a novel approach to conservation or reconstruction?

  • Completeness: Has the project achieved the initial goals set?

  • Ingenuity: What new techniques or processes were developed during the project?

  • Impact: What contribution has the work made to increasing the understanding of the history of computing?

  • Outreach: Is the result of the work visible to experts in the field and/or to the general public?

  • Publicity: To what extent has the work already been publicised or written up?

A short entry form is available as a download on the Tony Sale Award website: www.sale-award.org

Completed entries should be sent to Mrs Peta Walmisley, Administrator of the Award: peta@pwcepis.demon.co.uk.

The Computer Conservation Society is a Specialist Group of the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT; in association with the Science Museum in London, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, The National Museum of Computing and the Bletchley Park Trust.

Tony Sale, in whose honour the computer conservation award has been established, is perhaps best known for leading the team that rebuilt Colossus, the world's first electronic computer. He was also a key figure in starting the campaign to save Bletchley Park in the early 1990s. He co-founded The National Museum of Computing and jointly established the Computer Conservation Society.

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