BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, to award best online MPs

13 July 2011

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has launched its fourth annual BCS MP Web Awards. All MPs’ sites are automatically entered where judges look for MPs who are using their websites and web technology to communicate with their constituents effectively.

‘The awards are a fantastic way for us as MPs to really evaluate how effective our websites are and provide recognition for those who have worked hard to ensure their website is accessible for all.’ said Charlie Elphicke, MP for Dover & Deal and last year’s overall winner. ‘Receiving this award has raised awareness of the website amongst my constituents and encouraged them to utilise the site as a method of communication.’

The guest judges (who will be announced later in the month) will focus on four key categories - Engagement, Usability, Social Media and Accessibility. This year, the Accessibility Award will be even more pertinent with the recent launch of the new British standard on web accessibility.

‘Our mission as the Chartered Institute for IT is to enable the information society. In the modern world, increasing amounts of information and discussion take place online and this is definitely happening more and more in the way MPs communicate with many people not least their constituents. Encouraging MPs to improve their websites in both content and accessibility are key to achieving this, and we are delighted our awards help this process’ says David Clarke, MBE, Chief Executive Officer, BCS, and The Chartered Institute for IT. ‘The BCS MP Web Awards aim to help people understand the value and importance of having a good constituency website by celebrating those MPs who are leading the way and using web technology effectively.’

The awards will take place 23 November 2011 at the House of Commons and will be presented by television presenter Kate Russell and BCS President, Jim Norton.

For more information regarding the BCS MP Web Awards, please visit: www.bcs.org/mpawards

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