Cardiff Online announced as finalist in e-Government National Awards

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Cardiff Online, the British Council's online coverage of IATEFL 2009 Conference has been announced as a finalist in the 2009 e-Government National Awards.

The highly sought-after awards recognise excellence across eleven categories, highlighting the UK’s top public sector innovators in the use of technology, enabling businesses and citizens to better communicate with councils, central government, NHS and other public sector organisations. UK Government CIO John Suffolk will reveal the winners on 20th January at a Ministerial dinner at the City of London's Guildhall.

Now in their sixth year, the annual e-Government National Awards are supported by the Cabinet Office; the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) and the Society of IT Management (SOCITM).

John Suffolk, the Government's Chief Information Officer, says: "Every year these Awards continue to get better and better and tougher to select the winners out of many hundreds of top quality entries. The sheer innovation, passion for citizen service and pride with which the teams have executed their projects makes me hugely proud, and humble, to be in IT within the Public Sector."

Cardiff Online has been nominated in the e-Government excellence in Learning & Skills category. The site was developed by Ixis using Drupal 6, with an emphasis on social media and community interaction. Ixis also provided the support and fully managed hosting throughout the busy conference period.

Mike Carter, Solution Architect at Ixis, added "The Cardiff Online was a great project for demonstrating how powerful Drupal is when interacting with social media data APIs. The IATEFL community produced a lot of relevant content across Flickr, Twitter, and Audio & Video feeds, all of which we pulled together smoothly for the whole conference week.".

The 44th IATEFL Annual International Conference and Exhibition will be in Harrogate 7th-11th April 2010, in the Harrogate International Centre.

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