1997 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 United States).

To be accepted as eligible, an Entry must meet the following requirements:

  1. Real and verifiable The Entry can be verified to be (or to have been) operational as described.
  2. Networked The Entry supports multiple people and/or machines at multiple buildings or locations and achieves end-to-end connectivity.
  3. 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 Definitions.

  1. Demonstrates the capability of the information infrastructure. 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 boundaries.
    • empowers its users and/or community of interest.
    • strengthens relationships between the provider and/or its community of users.
  2. Produces practical results and benefits 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.
  3. Is innovative In judging this criterion, the judges will consider the extent to which the Entry:
    • represents a new way to meet the needs of targeted people or groups.
    • provides a unique motivation for people to use the information infrastructure.
    • is clearly distinctive from similar projects, applications or services.


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.


Updated May 27, 2002 Revised Nov 2009

Last updated: June 3 2015