DH Awards 2020 – Statistics

As part of DH Awards 2020 we collected a variety of statistics. These included optional ones collected on the nominations and voting where users chose to submit them. 

Nomination Statistics

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 be removed if it is behind a paywall or members of the public can not get access to it.  Mostly, however, it is duplicates, and indeed, people confusing nominating with voting.

Nominations Submitted 144
Nominations Accepted 124

Ballot Statistics

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 assume it is an accident and 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.

Ballots Submitted 2553
Ballots Accepted 2424

Optional Statistics on Nomination / Voting Form


The nomination and voting form asked “What is your gender? (Optional)” and instead of limiting it to a small set of choices of Male/Female/Other we gave multiple standard 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
Female 51 901
Male 43 607
I do not wish to answer (you do not have to, this question is optional) 7 65
Non-binary 0 16
Other 0 6
Transgender 0 6
Agender 3 4
Female, Non-binary 0 4
Questioning or Unsure 1 4
Genderfluid 0 3
Male, Transgender 0 3
Female, Other 0 2
Non-binary, Genderfluid 0 2
Female, Questioning or Unsure 0 1
Genderfluid, I do not wish to answer (you do not have to, this question is optional) 0 1
Male, Female, Non-binary, Genderfluid, Questioning or Unsure, Transgender, Agender, Other, I do not wish to answer (you do not have to, this question is optional) 0 1
Male, Genderfluid 0 1
Male, Genderfluid, Questioning or Unsure, I do not wish to answer (you do not have to, this question is optional) 1 0
Male, I do not wish to answer (you do not have to, this question is optional) 1 1
Male, Questioning or Unsure 0 1
Male, Questioning or Unsure, Other, I do not wish to answer (you do not have to, this question is optional) 0 1
Non-binary, Genderfluid, Agender 0 1
Non-binary, Transgender 1 1
Non-binary, 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. These are normalised to ISO 3166-1 alpha-3 codes.

ISO Country Codes Nominations Voting
ARE   2
ARG   4
AUS 1 10
AUT 5 29
BEL   4
BRA   9
CAN 9 144
CHE   4
CHL   1
CHN 6 20
COL 2 413
CYP   1
DEU 6 44
DNK   3
ECU   2
EGY   1
ES-CT   1
ESP 1 19
FIN   1
FRA 1 12
GB-ENG   1
GB-NIR   1
GB-SCT   3
GB-WLS   1
GBR 16 96
GER   3
GRC 2 55
HRV   1
IND 1 21
IRL 3 102
ISL   1
ITA 3 23
JPN 2 0
KOR 1 7
LBN   1
LKA 1 0
LTU   1
MEX 1 29
NGA 1 74
NLD   8
NOR   1
NZL 1 1
POL 1 5
PRI   1
QAT   1
ROU   2
RUS   1
SAU   1
SGP   1
SVN   1
SWE 2 12
TWN 1 1
URY   6
USA 55 394
VEN   1
VNM   1

Note: For disputed areas (like Taiwan) I’ve used use 3-letter code for Taiwan. Where multiple countries are listed, I’ve taken the first one. 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. 


In the optional demographic questions we ask what type of job people have. This has been to see what constituencies are most involved in DH Awards. There is so much individual variation that a normalised list isn’t useful, but a word cloud shows some predictable professions leading significantly.



If you make use of any of these statistics we’d appreciate it if you got in touch.