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The New Georgia Encyclopedia is the first state encyclopedia to be conceived and designed exclusively for publication on the Internet. By opening a window to Georgia's rich history, diverse culture, and still-unfolding story, the New Georgia Encyclopedia is an authoritative and important resource. As an online endeavor, the NGE is an organic, "living" project—content can be continually added, and existing content can be updated, as resources allow.
• As of January 2011, the NGE features more than 2,050 articles and more than 6,200 multimedia objects (images, video and audio clips).
• About 800 writers have contributed to the NGE.
• The site receives 1-2 million page views each month.
• The NGE is a founding member of IDEA, the Internet Digital Encyclopedia Alliance.
• The New Georgia Encyclopedia is a project of the Georgia Humanities Council in partnership with the University of Georgia Press, the University System of Georgia/GALILEO, and the Office of the Governor.
• The website was developed and designed by Merrill-Hall New Media.
• The website is hosted by GALILEO, the state's virtual library.
• In 2011 The Civil War in Georgia: A New Georgia Encyclopedia Companion was published by the University of Georgia Press. Edited by John C. Inscoe, this print anthology features articles—originally published online by the NGE—that cover the prelude to the war, the war years, and the war's legacy.
• Inaugural New Georgia Encyclopedia Award for "Best Project on a Georgia Topic" was given at the Georgia Council for the Social Studies' annual social studies fair in March 2010.
• Completed a project with the Digital Library of Georgia in 2009 to add metadata to the images on the site, which improves search functionality for users.
• In 2007 The New Georgia Encyclopedia Companion to Georgia Literature was published by the University of Georgia Press. This print anthology of articles—originally published online by the NGE—contains biographical profiles of Georgia writers as well as critical discussions of works and organizations integral to the literary history and culture of the state.
• In a dramatic virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony at the state capitol, the site officially launched on February 12, 2004 (Georgia History Day), with about 700 articles.
• 2012 Leadership in History Award for The Civil War in Georgia: A New Georgia Encyclopedia Companion, given by the American Association for State and Local History
• 2010 Helen and Martin Schwartz Prize for Public Humanities Programs for the Civil Rights Digital Library, given by the Federation of State Humanities Councils
• 2007 Leadership in History Award, given by the American Association for State and Local History
• 2006 History in the Media Award, given by the Georgia Historical Society
• 2005 Helen and Martin Schwartz Prize for Public Humanities Programs, given by the Federation of State Humanities Councils
• "Excellence in Documenting Georgia's History," awarded by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board, 2005
•Best Reference Source on the Web for 2004, awarded by Library Journal
"The New Georgia Encyclopedia is an excellent resource that can serve as a model for similar projects." — Journal of American History
"The New Georgia Encyclopedia is an easy-to-navigate source of information. . . . A well-conceived, well-executed, and generous resource for students, researchers, and the merely curious." — Booklist
Praise for NGE
"I'm proud that Georgia has provided a model of how to use the Internet effectively for scholarship and even entertainment." — President Jimmy Carter
"The New Georgia Encyclopedia truly captures the essence of Georgia. Our state's history and heroes, literature and legends, and people and places are all brought to life online. This project is a fitting tribute to our state and a wonderful symbol of the way Georgians have embraced technology as part of their everyday lives." — Governor Sonny Perdue
"The New Georgia Encyclopedia project combines the best features of a traditional reference work with the possibilities of the new digital media. . . . Makes available significant humanities scholarship about Georgia's history and culture to a broad range of users." — Bruce Cole, Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities
A project of the Georgia Humanities Council, in partnership with the University of Georgia Press, the University System of Georgia/GALILEO, and the Office of the Governor.