Competitions and projects

Previous competitions

February 2017: #ColorOurCollections


Download the colouring book and share your art with the hashtag #ColorOurCollections!

Colour our Collections provided an opportunity to join in with the current colouring trend and apply your colouring skills to images from our collections.

#ColorOurCollections was a week-long coloring fest on social media organized by libraries, archives and other cultural institutions around the world. Using materials from their collections, these institutions are sharing free coloring content with the hashtag #ColorOurCollections and inviting their followers to color and get creative with their collections.

#ColorOurCollections was launched by The New York Academy of Medicine Library in 2016.

23 April - 7 May 2016: Shakespeare Play in a Tweet

As part of the Shakespeare 400 celebrations the Bodleian Libraries and TORCH teamed up to run a 'Shakespeare Play in a Tweet' competition from 23 April to 7 May.

One of Shakespeare’s most quoted lines is ‘brevity is the soul of wit’ and, although he was writing long before the advent of Twitter, we like to think he would have embraced its pithy format. We invite you to honour the playwright by capturing the spirit of your favourite Shakespeare play in a tweet.

The competition was judged by Elleke Boehmer (Professor of World Literature and Director of TORCH, University of Oxford), Richard Ovenden (Bodley’s Librarian, University of Oxford) and Emma Smith (Professor of Shakespeare Studies, University of Oxford). 

The competition was open to all. View TORCH's Storify to view the submissions including the winners:

Supported by: Bodleian Libraries, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), the Faculty of English, Oxford University Press, Creation Theatre and the Oxford Playhouse.

February 2016: #ColorOurCollections

Colour our Collections provided an opportunity to join in with the current colouring trend and apply your colouring skills to images from our collections. We provided a colouring book (still available!), and our audiences also used our online resources to find their own images. Search the hashtag #ColorOurCollections on social media to see what our talented artists produced!

April 2015: Early English Books Ideas Hack 

The Bodleian Libraries hosted an Ideas Hack to celebrate the release of 25,000 texts from the Early English Books Online project into the public domain. The two-month long competition encourages students, researchers from all disciplines, and members of the public with an interest in the intersection between technology, history and literature to explore innovative and creative approaches to the data and identify potential paths for future activity.

Submissions were judged on the following criteria:

  • Evidence of innovative and creative technical approaches to the data (e.g. through use of text mining, corpus linguistics, visualizations, audio engineering, geospatial analysis, n-grams, subject diversity, etc.)
  • Identification of potential paths for future activity
  • Imaginative approaches to text or subject matter, especially those which include an element of ‘surprise’
  • Effective methods by which to expand the potential audience for this data beyond its traditional academic audience

The standard of entries was extremely high, and prizes were awarded as follows:

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