We have been informed by Nominet, that the Loch of Shining Waters website has been shortlisted for the Nominet 2012 awards.
Nominet are a domain registrar and are responsible for looking after the authoritative name server for co.uk, me.uk, org.uk, net.uk and ltd.uk zones, which also includes the design, implementation and maintenance of the UK register database.
The Nominet Internet Awards has been running from 2006, and Nominet state:
The awards celebrate the achievements and innovation of UK internet initiatives. Now in their sixth year, the annual awards aim to showcase projects which help to make the internet a more secure, open, accessible and diverse experience for all.
Nominet run the Internet Awards for the following reasons;
- To promote and develop industry best practice
- To learn from others and share knowledge to help shape the future of the internet
- To reward UK organisations and individuals who work to ensure the internet offers a secure, open, accessible and diverse experience for all
- To recognise UK creativity and innovation in the use of the internet and showcase them to the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF)
We have been shortlisted alongside the BBC, Open University, O2, Orange, My Society and a few other well known organisations, and in all honesty we are very shocked to be considered at all.
The category we have been included in is ‘Online public services & information‘ which judges websites on the following specific criteria;
- Bringing citizens closer to parliamentarians or government
- Offering public services online
- Improving two-way communication with citizens
- Achieving excellence in delivering/improving local services for citizens
Within this category, we are up against Elmbridge Borough Council for their Online Noise Toolkit, which allows residents to report incidents of noise pollution. Hansard Society for their Lords of the Blog, which is an online blog to encourage dialogue between the public and members of the House of Lords. Lastly, My Society for their FixMyTransport website which allows members of the public to easily report public transportation problems to the transport operator.
The awards ceremony is being held at the Saatchi Gallery in London, on the 5th July 2012, and we will get to know if we have won in our category.
It’s a real surprise to be shortlisted and it will be a much bigger surprise if we win, especially since we are in the same category as My Society, who have a long track record of developing public information sites, such as FixMyStreet, which allows you to report street repairs to the local authority, or their other site we use regularly, WhatDoTheyKnow, which allows people to make Freedom of Information all in the public domain.
None of the site would have been possible without the support of our site visitors and members, the volunteers who maintain the site, and the authors who have all helped contribute content to the site. Thanks also go to the WordPress community and contributing developers for keeping their project Open Source. Being shortlisted is recognition for everyone’s hard work, contributions and support.