Dear TEI-L,

Last year, the TEI Consortium created the Rahtz Prize for TEI Ingenuity in memory of Sebastian Rahtz and his technical and philosophical contributions to the TEI. The Rahtz Prize is meant to encourage and recognize TEI innovation by the TEI community. We issued a call for nominations in late March 2017 and received 6 nominations.  Five of the six nominees choose to apply for the prize. 

We had an incredibly competitive pool of applicants.  Any one of the projects would have merited this award.  Needless to say it was a difficult decision for members of the Awards Panel. 

This year’s recipient of the Rahtz Prize is Raffaele Viglianti, Researcher/Programmer at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (University of Maryland), for his project, coreBuilder ( Raffaele developed coreBuilder in response to the increasingly common encounters of encoding multidimensional texts.  coreBuilder serves as a way to streamline authoring, management, and processing of stand-off markup with a relatively lightweight and modular codebase that is web-based and open source. 

Congratulations, Raff!

The Awards Panel decided to recognize an Honorable Mention this year: the Edition Visualization Technology (EVT, developed by Roberto Rosselli Del Turco (University of Turin), Chiara Di Pietro (University of Pisa), Chiara Martignano (University of Pisa), Giulia Cacioli (University of Pisa), and Raffaele Masotti (Net7). The members of this year's Awards Panel value the maturity of the EVT tool and recognize the value this project adds to the TEI-based publishing ecosystem for digital editions. 

Congratulations, EVT Team! 

Stay tuned for a Call for Nominations for the 2018 round of the Rahtz Prize in late March/early April.

—Michelle Dalmau, Board Chair
On Behalf of the Rahtz Prize Awards Panel that includes Gabriel Board and Hugh Cayless 

Michelle Dalmau
Head, Digital Collections Services, IU Libraries
Co-Director, Institute for Digital Arts & Humanities
Indiana University 
Herman B Wells Library
1320 East 10th Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
Phone:	(812) 855-1261
Twitter: 	@mdalmau