World Summit Award recognition for Science in Africa
The recent World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) held in Geneva
celebrated the best of the web in 8 categories through the prestigious World
Summit Award (WSA). Science in Africa magazine was selected by the Grand Jury as
one of the 21 Continental Best Practice Examples in the category e-Science.
The WSA Grand Jury, composed of experts from 36 countries, evaluated over 800
products nominated from 130 countries late last year. The jury placed special
emphasis on projects which "show the benefits of information and
communication technology for the development of communities," and
"help to bridge the growing content gap between developed and developing
The jury selected 40 Best content products, 5 outstanding products from each
of the 8 categories. One of the top websites in the e-Science category was www.PloSBiology.org,
a USA based site which "provides free and unrestricted access to scientific
literature". The site is intended for scientists as well as lay
In addition, 21 products in each category received special mention as best
practice examples. Science in Africa magazine was selected as one of the 21 best
practise examples in the e-science category from nominations received from
Africa, Asia, Arab Countries and Middle East, Europe, Latin America, North
America with Australia and New Zealand have been chosen.
The top products were publicly presented at the WSA Exhibition during the
WSIS and will feature in "the World's Best Content Road Show" in Asia,
Australia and Oceania, Africa, Europe, North and South America this year.
Nominations for this round of the WSA were received from nationally appointed
experts who proposed national finalists in each of the eight categories. During
2005 another world-wide contest will be launched seeking the best in e-Content
and creativity. It will be open to all nominations in 8 categories.
The WSA is a three year global project working in the framework of the WSIS (
2003 - 2005) and will culminate with the World Summit Gala in Tunisia in 2005,
bringing the world's best in e-content into the spotlight.
The first phase of the WSIS in Geneva sought "to adopt a Declaration of
principles and a Plan of Action for implementation by governments, institutions
and all sectors of civil society to deal with the new challenges of the
ever-evolving information society, specifically identifying ways to help close
the gap between the "haves" and "have nots" of access to the
global information and communication network. In Tunisia, development themes
will be a key focus in the second phase in Tunisia and it will assess progress
that has been made and adopt any further Action Plan to be taken."