EU Cultural Heritage Prize to Sweden



Has Open Access via an institutional archive been instrumental in identifying a worthy winner?

For the first time since 2002, the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards in the category of Outstanding Studies will be presented to a Swedish researcher. On April 26, the European Commission announced that Nils Ahlberg, Department of Urban and Rural Development at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, had won the prize.

New Foundations and Changes of Plan. Swedish Town Planning 1521-1721, in Swedish with an English summary, covers all Swedish town-planning in the areas under Swedish rule and areas of interest 1521-1721, including today’s Finland, Estonia and parts of Russia, Latvia, Poland, Germany, and USA. The study – Ahlberg’s doctoral dissertation – is a multi-disciplinary cooperation between the Department of Urban and Rural Development at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and the Institute of Art History at Stockholm University.

Since the publication of the study in 2005, this thesis - in fulltext and some 400 maps - has been archived at Epsilon – Electronic Publishing at the SLU, which is a publishing service provided by the University Library. It’s for anybody to read and download as long as you give credit to the authors by citing the source!