As part of DH Awards 2019 we collected a variety of statistics. These included optional ones collected on the nominations and voting where users chose to submit them.
Nominations are removed if they are duplicates of something already nominated (most common), are not in any way loosely ‘DH’, the nominations committee can’t find any sign of update/release/modification that year, or if the resource owner requests to be removed. Also they may not accept one if it is behind a paywall or members of the public can not get access to it. Mostly it is duplicates, and indeed, people confusing nominating with voting.
Ballots are only removed where it is evident that someone has voted multiple times. The rule of thumb is that if they have voted 2 or 3 times (e.g. using the same email address) then we’ll take the last ballot cast. If they have voted over 3 times, we remove all of their votes. In general people sometimes accidentally submit the form more than once.
Optional Statistics on Nomination / Voting Form
The nomination and voting form asked “What is your gender? (Optional)” and instead of limiting it to Male/Female/Other we gave multiple gender identities and related categories and enabled people to select more than one. The question was optional and there was no requirement to answer it.
|(Optional) What is your current gender identity?||Nominations||Voting|
|I do not wish to answer (you do not have to, this question is optional)||6||52|
|Questioning or Unsure||0||3|
|Non-binary, Genderfluid, Questioning or Unsure, Transgender, Agender, Other||0||1|
|Non-binary, Genderfluid, Questioning or Unsure, Transgender, Agender||0||1|
Those making nominations and voting were also asked “What is your current country of residence? (Optional)”. This is a clearer demographic marker of whether we’re expanding our international population of voters than asking “Where they are from/born/etc.” since people move around so where they are born often has little to do with the community of which they are now a part.
|(Optional) Current country of residence?||Nominations||Voting|
Note: ‘Other’ includes a variety of entries where people had likely put in USA State abbreviations but I could not reliably tell if it was that or a typo for a different ISO 3166 country code. For disputed areas (like Taiwan) I’ve used use 3-letter code for Taiwan. Where someone specified a country which does not have a 3-letter ISO 3166 country code, like Scotland, I have tried to use official ISO variant codes from that country’s implementation (e.g. ISO 3166-2:GB which uses GB-SCT for Scotland). Apologies if in cleansing the data I’ve flattened anyone’s national self-determination.
If you make use of any of these statistics we’d appreciate it if you got in touch.