... with the usual apologies for cross-posting.

The organisers of the London THATCamp/DH2010 Developers' Challenge are pleased to announce that the winner was Patrick Juola (Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Duquesne University) for his "Once Upon a Time" tool. The THATCamp/Dh2010 DC was judged by Geoffrey Rockwell, Michael Sperberg-McQueen and Tobias Blanke, and the judges had the following things to say about the winner:

   'Once upon a Time / Monkeying around tool was an original serious game that asks 
   the user to write a story using the vocabulary of another author. The game provides 
   a list of words the player must try to use in the story and then restricts the player 
   to the vocabulary -- and the word combinations (bigrams) used by a particular author 
   or corpus, such as Conan Doyle or Jonathan Swift.

   To do this he used some of the literary corpora provided. Like the Ivanhoe game, 
   Once upon a time / Monkeying around encourages the user to think about the language 
   of a corpus.  We could imagine this and similar games being used for playful learning 
   and exploration of literary language.

   The interface was simple and clear. Above all, the tool/game struck us as an original 
   and imaginative use of the given data.

   One judge called it "mind bending."'

The judges also thought that two other submissions also deserved honourable mentions:

-- Loretta Auvil with a neat SEASR flow that used the the API from the Victoria and Albert Museum and visualized searches in multiple ways.
-- Marco Buechler and Thomas Eckhart, from eAqua, with a neat tool that could be trained to guess missing words in palimpsests with gaps.

The prize for Patrick is an Apple iPad.  Congratulations to Patrick!

Many thanks to all developers who participated, and to the judges who undertook their task with imagination and good humour under a rather tight deadline.

For more information about the Developers' Challenge, and the winner, please visit

... John Bradley and Gabriel Bodard (CCH, KCL)