A Bodleian Library electronic resource has been awarded the Digital Prize for 2010 by the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS). Electronic Enlightenment (www.e-enlightenment.com) offers the most wide-ranging online collection of edited correspondence of the early modern period. Linking people across Europe, the Americas and Asia from the early 17th to the early 19th century, EE reconstructs the web of correspondence that made the long 18th century the birthplace of the modern world. With over 55,000 letters between more than 6,500 correspondents (as of December 2009), EE offers unrivalled access to the conversation between the greatest thinkers and writers of the 18th century and their families and friends, bankers and booksellers, patrons and publishers.
The Digital Prize funded by Adam Matthew Digital, GALE Cengage Learning, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and ProQuest, is judged and awarded annually by BSECS. Despite very strong competition this year, the award was given to EE ‘in recognition of the resource’s scholarly value’. The judging panel summarized their decision: ‘With its wide coverage, wonderfully full annotation and superb presentation, Electronic Enlightenment (EE) will be an immensely valuable resource for scholars working across eighteenth-century studies.’
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