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Global Information Infrastructure (GII) Award
Entries must describe a specific use of the information
infrastructure (e.g., a specific project, service or user application). All entries must
be submitted in the English language. For the 1997 GII US competition, entries must be
based principally in the United States and must be accessible by, and of benefit to,
people residing in the United States (entries may also be used by people outside the
To be accepted as eligible, an Entry must meet the following
- Real and verifiable The Entry can be verified to be (or to have been)
operational as described.
- Networked The Entry supports multiple people and/or machines at
multiple buildings or locations and achieves end-to-end connectivity.
- Compliant with all requirements of the Required Entry Information,
Entry Release Form and the Official Rules. Non-compliance with any terms, conditions or
requirements of the Official Rules and/or the Official Entry Information or Entry Form may
result in the disqualification of an entry.
There are three Judging Criteria that will be weighed equally by the
judges. The Judging Criteria will be applied in the context of the Award Category
- Demonstrates the capability of the information infrastructure. In
judging this criterion, the judges will consider the extent to which the Entry:
Produces practical results and benefits In judging this criterion,
the judges will consider the extent to which the Entry:
- opens communication, knowledge and/or bodies of information to those
who had limited or no access before.
- encourages communication and/or collaboration beyond traditional
- empowers its users and/or community of interest.
- strengthens relationships between the provider and/or its community
Is innovative In judging this criterion, the judges will consider the
extent to which the Entry:
- produces benefits, outcomes and results.
- Exhibits sustainability and economic viability.
- achieves acceptance by a community of users.
- represents a new way to meet the needs of targeted people or groups.
- provides a unique motivation for people to use the information
- is clearly distinctive from similar projects, applications or
THE INFORMATION INFRASTRUCTURE
The information infrastructure is the combination of public and
private networks, computers and electronics that connects people with people, and people
with information. The US National Information Infrastructure (NII) is that part of the
Global Information Infrastructure (GII) which is used in the United States. The wired and
wireless interactive networks of businesses, carriers, schools, communities, government
agencies, and the Internet all form part of the GII.
Through applications such as electronic commerce, telemedicine,
distance learning, community and health networks, virtual libraries and communities,
collaborative work, online information services and interactive entertainment, the GII is
being used today to improve people's productivity, health and well being.
May 27, 2002