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Web Indexing Awards
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To encourage high quality website and electronic indexes and to promote the web and electronic indexing
work of professional indexers, the Web & Electronic Indexing Special Interest Group
of the American Society for Indexing awards a deserving indexer
the annual Web & Electronic Indexing SIG Award for excellence in website and electronic indexing. The award is announced at the Honors & Awards session of the
American Society for Indexing Annual conference each spring. You do not have to attend the conference to win.
Award Criteria & 2016 Entry Information
- The index should be a browsable hyperlinked index for a Web or electronic publication including content management systems, wikis, blogs, ezines, ebooks, XML and PDFs.
- Created by humans, either an individual
or a team.
- Publicly accessible on the Web at the time of submission, but could have been created at any time in the past. If a copyright ebook, it must be available via library loan or coupon or email or password-controlled Website to reviewer.
- Minimum size is 20 links. However, a website or electronic index that
is too small cannot adequately demonstrate its quality. A larger index is likely to be more highly rated than a small one all other
factors being equal.
- Entries are open to members of the Web & Electronic Indexing SIG and its partner organization, the Information Architecture Institute (IAI). Members of
other indexing societies are eligible to enter by joining the Web & Electronic Indexing SIG (ASI, ISC/SCI, SI, ANZSI, DNI, NIN, ASAIB, and China Society of Indexers).
- Up to two website or electronic indexes per indexer is allowed.
Entries to the 2016 awards are no longer being accepted. The deadline for submissions was Thursday 31 December 2015.
Evaluation Criteria for the Award
The selection criteria for the Web & Electronic Indexing SIG Award is based on the SIG's
best practices for Website indexes, tagging of metadata and ebook indexes including the following criteria:
- Usability/ease of use in navigating within the index and finding information
- Sufficient coverage of website or ebook content, i.e. indexing depth and completeness
- Wording of entries and subentries
- Correct use of cross-references
- Sufficient and appropriate use of double posting of alternative terms
- No broken or incorrect links
- Special features used, e.g., use of a special method to indicate a page that is particularly important
- Attractive design e.g. links to multimedia, figures and maps
- Search and filtering
- Location targets and chunking of text
- Use of taxonomies and metadata vocabularies
- Please submit completed form which will be sent to the Web & Electronic Indexing SIG Manager.
- Submissions are free for Web & Electronic Indexing SIG members and members of the Information Architecture Institute (IAI).
- Members of ASI and affiliated indexing societies who are not yet Web & Electronic Indexing SIG members should apply for free membership of the SIG. Please see New Member Registration.
- People who are not members of an affiliated organization are encouraged to join at the organization's annual membership fee and then approach the SIG for free membership.
All submitters to the Award will be acknowledged.
The winning indexer receives US$75 and a certificate from the ASI Web & Electronic Indexing Special Interest Group.
The winner will be awarded at the American Society for Indexing-Indexing Society of Canada/Société canadienne d'indexation (ISC/SCI) Annual Conference in Chicago in June 15-18 2016.
Judging of the Award
The Web & Electronic Indexing SIG Manager submits the entries anonymously to the judge. Entries are judged by one judge who is an expert in web indexing, using the criteria listed above.
The judge of the 2016 Award is:
Dwight started the Web Indexing Award in 1998 when Webmaster of Australian Society of Indexers. He has written several articles on Web indexing including a chapter in 'Beyond Book Indexing', The Indexer, LASIE and Online Currents. He is a software engineer and librarian pioneering merger of the two disciplines to produce new areas for indexers to explore in indexing digital media such as metadata. Since 2011, he is now Webmaster of Web and Electronic Indexing SIG. He runs his own Web business WWWalker Web Development Pty Ltd since 1997 including holding a Web indexing class online with US, UK and Australian students in 1998.
No web or electronic index of the judge(s) or the Web & Electronic Indexing SIG Manager (as the Award Coordinator) will be eligible for entry.
In June 17, 2016, Web Indexing Award 2013 was renamed Web Indexing Award 2014 and Web Indexing 2015 was renamed Web Indexing Award 2016 to reflect year award was granted not year of deadline.
Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers Web Indexing Award
The Australian Society of Indexers (AusSI), later the Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI), was the first society in 1996 to award a web indexing prize or award to the best website index submitted. The Web Indexing Prize was started by Dwight Walker, the AusSI Webmaster in 1996-98. In 2006 ANZSI decided not to continue with the ANZSI Web Indexing Award as a standalone item.
ANZSI Web Indexing Award past recipients 1996-2006