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Cosmic Collections Website Competition
On Saturday 24 October the Science Museum, London, is launching a competition to release hundreds of stories from their recently opened Cosmos & Culture exhibition on to the web. Find out more about the Cosmic Collections competition and launch event

Sound good?  Sign up for the launch at cosmiccollections.eventbrite.com.  Got some great ideas, but not sure how to turn them into a website?  Then register your details to find some team mates.  Multi-disciplinary teams are encouraged, and don't worry if you can't make it to London for the launch - the competition is open to all, and submission and judging take place online.

We'll be updating this page and the competition wiki with the competition prizes, judging criteria, and sneak previews to the object data as we get closer to launch. Talk to us @coscultcom on Twitter for updates and FAQs. The event hash tag is #coscultcom.

Prizes
Two prizes of £1000 are offered: 'best website for adult audiences', 'best website for audiences aged 11 - 16'.

Competition winners will be credited on the Science Museum website and on the winning sites as appropriate.

Criteria
Entries will be judged by the panel on the following criteria:

  • Use of collections data
  • Creativity
  • Accessibility
  • User experience
  • Ease of deployment and maintenance
More information on criteria will be available by the launch date.

Timelines
The competition launches on October 24, 2009.  Submissions are due at midnight (London time) on November 28, 2009.

We aim to have the winning websites live and available to the public by mid-December.

Judges
Christian Heilmann
A geek and hacker at heart, Christian Heilmann has been a professional web developer for about eleven years. He has been nominated "standards champion of the year 2008" by .net magazine in the UK and he currently sports the fashionable job title "International Developer Evangelist" spending his time speaking and training people on systems provided by Yahoo and other web companies that want to make this web thing work well for everybody.

Chris Lintott
Chris Lintott is a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford. His research looks at the analysis of star formation, including being principal investigator for the Galaxy Zoo project. He is also co-presenter on the Sky at Night program alongside Sir Patrick Moore.