In mid-April, The History of Vaccines was awarded two prestigious honors.
First, the Webby Awards: Along with sites from National Geographic, the Exploratorium, NOVA, and Columbia University’s Earth Institute, The History of Vaccines was selected as an honoree in the Science category of the Webby Awards. Colloquially known as “The Oscars of the Internet,” the Webby Awards are the best-known honor for websites, presented annually by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Fewer than 15% of entries for Webby Awards were selected as honorees. Though we’ll miss the chance to make a five-word acceptance speech as an overall winner, we are very pleased to be in good company with other great websites. See the Webby science honorees here.
The site was also honored at the 2011 Museums and the Web conference, receiving the Honorable Mention in the Education category of the conference’s “Best of the Web” awards. Museums and the Web, which has met annually since 1997, tracks, analyzes and influences the role museums play on the Web. Each category in the “Best of the Web” awards has only a single first prize, and the Honorable Mention is awarded only in the case of a close tie in voting. The History of Vaccines was selected for the Honorable Mention over sites from MOMA, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the British Museum, the USS Constitution Museum, the National Museum of American History, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, and the Smithsonian Institution’s Human Origins Program. The overall winner of the Education category was an Australian-government-funded online creative studio for educators from the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. See the complete list of award winners are here.
The History of Vaccines and our design studio, Night Kitchen Interactive, are in great company for these honors, and we’re grateful to all of our advisors, staff people, and friends who helped us build the site. But, more importantly, we’re looking forward to continuing to expand it.