The board of the European Cartoon Center did decide not to participate in online jury meetings anymore.
After several experiences with online jury meetings we noticed some disadvantages of online voting systems:
– On a computer screen it is very difficult to have an overview of all the works (often presented in different maps) and that makes it difficult to compare the works with each other. If you like to do it with a great accuracy and concentrated it is more time consuming then watching live cartoons
– The method makes that it is difficult for the jury members not to overlook some great cartoons
– We are convinced that an important part of decision making and deliberating process lays in the discussion between the different jury members. This discussion is the real added value of a jury.
– The result of a cartoon contest must be more than the sum of the individual scores of the jury members. In a live jury meeting different selection rounds are organized, so a consensus is reached. We did notice in some online meetings that no cartoon was selected by more than 1 judge.
– And one of the main reasons why we did take this decision is that in a lot of
organizations there is no transparency on the scores and judges are only informed about the final results
To be clear our point of view is not a judgement of the cartoon contests that work with online jury meetings. Some of them deliver really a great job and are organizations of high quality.
We do understand that some organizations do like to have an international jury for there contest, even if they do not have the money to invite the judges for a live meeting.
And we really do believe that technology is a great thing that also has it’s place in the cartoon world But we have to find some solutions for the problems we mentioned above.A preselection followed by a Skype meeting/videoconference could be a possibility.
Hope to hear your ideas to help cartoon festivals on this topic so we can recall our decision very soon.