February 19, 2009 By News Report
The IJIS Institute , a nonprofit uniting the private and public sector to improve information sharing, announces the creation of an annual information technology award to recognize innovation that has contributed significantly to the advancement of integration and interoperability in a justice, public safety, or homeland security project. The Innovation Award will focus on team achievement, recognizing both the industry solution provider and the practitioner agency implementing the technology.
The nomination process for the IJIS Institute Innovation Award is now open. To be eligible for the Innovation Award:
The Innovation Award, and any honorable mentions, will be presented by Paul Wormeli, executive director of the IJIS Institute, following the Institute's Industry Briefing at the National Forum on Criminal Justice and Public Safety on Aug. 9-11, 2009, in Bellevue, Washington.
Wormeli noted that, "The IJIS Institute has been part of the information sharing landscape for nearly eight years. In that time, we have seen incredible changes take place in our industry - it is now time we recognize these achievements. The Innovation Award honors those in industry and in the private sector who have dedicated their resources to further the cause of information sharing and to recognize the valuable contribution these entities make to and amongst state, local, tribal and federal agencies. I look forward to nominations of the highest caliber.""
The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2009.
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