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White House has Honored William Noel as an Open Science Champion of Change

William Noel, Director of Penn Libraries' Special Collections Center and Founding Director of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, was honored as one of thirteen Champions of Change who are promoting and using open scientific data and publications to accelerate progress and improve our world. At the event, these champions highlighted previous initiatives that help make "open" the default in scientific research.

An advocate for generation of open data by museums and rare book repositories, William Noel directed a twelve-year project that successfully retrieved the erased texts of a thirteenth-century prayer book. These erased texts included treatises by Archimedes, speeches by Hyperides, and a lost commentary on Aristotle's Categories. He also pioneered the presentation of machine-readable, openly licensed datasets of digitized illuminated medieval manuscripts on the web.

The White House Champions of Change program was created as part of President Obama's Winning the Future initiative. Through this program, the White House highlights individuals, businesses, and organizations whose extraordinary stories and accomplishments positively impact our communities.

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NEH blog: NEH Grantees Honored as White House Open Science Champions of Change
Will Noel posting on the White House blog