Web Site Indexing Award
To encourage high quality web site indexes and to promote the web indexing
work of professional indexers, the Web Indexing Special Interest Group of
the American Society of Indexers will begin awarding a deserving indexer the
annual Web Indexing SIG Award for excellence in web site indexing.
The award will be announced at the Honors & Awards session of the American
Society of Indexers Annual conference each spring. The first award will be
announced at the ASI Conference’s Awards dinner to be held at the Warwick
Hotel in Denver, Colorado, on Friday, May 2, 2008.
NB: You do not have to be present if you win.
(As soon as it is available, a link to conference information will be posted
on the Web Indexing SIG web site: http://www.web-indexing.org)
• The Web site index should be a browsable hyperlinked A to Z index,
i.e., similar to a back of the book index.
• Web site indexes should be created by humans, either an individual
or a team.
• Web site indexes must be publicly accessible on the Web at the time
of submission, but could have been created at any time in the past.
• There is no minimum size requirement. However, a web site index that
is too small cannot adequately demonstrate its quality. A larger web site
index is likely to be more highly rated than a small one all other factors
• Entries are open to members of the Web Indexing SIG or members of
indexing societies eligible to join the Web Indexing SIG (ASI, ISC, SI,
ANZSI, DNI, NIN, ASAIB, and China Society of Indexers).
• Up to two web site indexes per indexer is allowed.
• Nominations are open from November 26, 2007-March 1, 2008.
Evaluation Criteria for the Award
The selection criteria for the Web Indexing SIG Award will be based on best
practices for web site indexes. Entries will be evaluated based on the
• Usability/ease of use in navigating within the index and finding
• Sufficient coverage of web site content, i.e. indexing depth and
• The wording of entries and subentries
• Correct use of cross-references
• Sufficient and appropriate use of double posting
• No broken or incorrect links
• Special features used, e.g., the use of a special method to indicate
a page that is particularly important
• Attractive design
Visit our web site at http://www.web-indexing.org for additional
Jessica McCurdy Crooks
Writer, Indexer, Proofreader, Information Specialist
Manager, Web Indexing SIG
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