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Wednesday, 19th April 2006

Top International Honour for Lichfield District Council

Lichfield District Council's Jadu powered web site has been recognised as an Official Honouree by the 10th Annual Webby Awards, a distinction recognising web sites exhibiting remarkable achievement.

The 10th Annual Webby Awards received a record number of entries from over 40 countries. Out of over 5,500 submitted entries, fewer than 20% received this honour and were deemed Official Honourees.

"The Webby Awards honours the outstanding web sites that are setting the standards for the internet," said Tiffany Shlain, founder and ambassador of The Webby Awards. "Lichfield District Councils Official Honouree selection is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators."

Sites are selected for recognition based on content, structure and navigation, visual design, functionality, interactivity and overall experience.

Stuart Harrison, Webmaster at Lichfield DC commented, "We're thrilled that has been officially recognised as one of the best in the world by the Webby Awards.

For a local council to be recognised along with the best of the private sector is an amazing achievement. Becoming a Webby Awards official honouree reinforces our belief that we have an easy to navigate, well designed and usable site, that's growing in popularity locally."

Lead Designer at Jadu, Lee Pilmore, said "I am thrilled that a UK, Local Authority site has made it on to the short list. It is a clear indication that Local Authorities with vision can have beautiful sites that really work, it was a pleasure leading the design and working with the team at Lichfield."

Founded in 1996, The Webby Awards are presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, dedicated to the creative, technical, and professional progress of the internet and interactive media.

Hailed as the "Online Oscars" by Time Magazine, The Webby Awards are determined by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a global organization with a membership that includes musician David Bowie, Internet inventor Vinton Cerf, Naked Chef Jamie Oliver, The Body Shop president Anita Roddick, "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening, Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser, and fashion designer Max Azria.

Stuart Harrison went on to say, "In true Oscar style, I'd like to thank all our content editors and web team for keeping the site alive and fresh, and Jadu for their continuous support in helping us to create our website with their truly user-friendly content management software." - The Webby Awards are known worldwide for its famous five-words-or-less acceptance speeches.

Winners will be announced on May 9, 2006 and will be honoured at a gala event at New York's Cipriani Wall Street on June 12, 2006.

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