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NATIONAL AWARD FOR SUFFOLK CC WEB SITE

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A web site set up by Suffolk CC has won a top national award. ...
A web site set up by Suffolk CC has won a top national award.

The award has been announced by SPIN (Society of Public Information Networks) and the SPIN journal Electronic Public Information.

Just one award for excellence and innovation is made annually.

The council's 3,000 page web site is visited an average of 2,000

times each day - there have been 600,000 'hits' over the last six

months, excluding access to the library catalogue and community

information.

The site offers a variety of information, including details and e-

mail addresses of county councillors, which committees they sit on

and which parishes they represent, plus a database of 8,000

community organisations in Suffolk.

The 'Have Your Say' consultation pages currently feature a

questionnaire centred around 'Mapping Suffolk's Future', a joint

initiative by all district/borough councils in Suffolk.

There are also pages which exploit Suffolk's rich historical and

archaeological heritage as well as the county's attractions as a

tourist venue and a location for business.

Council leader Chris Mole said:

'I am very proud of the way Suffolk's web site has developed over

the last two years, helping us to communicate with the people of

Suffolk and listen to their views.

'Its high quality lies in the use of the information management

skills of libraries and heritage in partnership with the technical

expertise of the council's IT section,' he said.

Guenever Pachent, who chairs the council's web editorial board,

said key factors in the development of the site were political

support, participation by all departments and generous feedback

from visitors to the site.

'I am so pleased for all people involved their hard work has been

recognised at national level,' she added.

The council's web site is at http://www.suffolkcc.gov.uk

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