The Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards

The 2012 ANZIA Awards recognizing excellence in businesses, organisations and individuals to the development and use of the Internet in Australia and New Zealand were presented at a gala dinner in Canberra on 10 October.

The ANZIAs are a collaboration between the .au Domain Administration (auDA) and InternetNZ and are judged by an independent panel of experts from both countries. Awards are handed out for excellence in six categories: Diversity; Information; Innovation; Internet Access & Digital Skills; Security & Privacy and IPv6.  InternetNZ Chief Executive Vikram Kumar said “The six ANZIA categories cover all facets of the global Internet, from the highly-technical to the cultural, humanistic and innovative.”

auDA CEO Chris Disspain echoed Mr. Kumar, saying “the ANZIA awards distinguish the premier businesses, individuals and organizations in Australia and New Zealand that use the internet to enrich the lives of others and advance the cause of using the internet in positive and inventive ways.”

A collaboration between the .au Domain Administration and InternetNZ, the ANZIA Awards have recognised excellence and innovation for individuals, businesses, government and not-for-profit institutions that strive to improve the use and accessibility of the internet for the greater communities in Australia and New Zealand since 2009.

Among the winners was Trove from The National Library of Australia (http://trove.nla.gov.au). Trove is a single point of access that takes its users to the source of over 303 million resources from almost 2,000 libraries and other cultural institutions around Australia as well as international digital collections of relevance. Content includes full-text digitized Australian newspapers and journals, full text transcripts of selected ABC current-affairs programs and oral history recordings.

Highly commended was the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AUSTLII) located here: http://www.austlii.edu.au/lawciteAUSTLII is Australia’s most popular online free-access public library of Australasian legal information, serving the public, education, government and commercial sectors, providing over 500 separate databases of primary and secondary legal information. The judges agreed that their LawCite initiative, an automatically generated case citatory, provides a great time saver for finding citations, cutting down potentially long hours of legal research time and allows fast focused case research. The initiative is a great example of cross-border collaboration as it allows deep citation searching across different source types such as decisions & journal articles. Read about the ANZIA Awards here: http://internetawards.org.au/.

(ACCESS 83, December 2012)