Medallists of the 2001 Awards

This years medallists were as follows:

The AURA project aimed at providing new methods that can search large amounts of information very quickly using example-based queries that are ill specified. They have been motivated by studying how the brain might store and process information, and are based on artificial neural networks. The methods have been applied to trademark databases, problems in chemistry, searching postal addresses etc. The methods will allow people to access systems in more natural ways, with out worrying too much about spelling, or the exact appearance of an image, for example.

Bracknell Forest Borough Council
Software providers, Novell and Metastorm, have been working with Bracknell Forest Borough Council to develop the most advanced eGovernment solution in the UK. The solution enables the Berkshire authority's 110,000 citizens to access personalised information and interact directly with council staff online, using their own secure and unique digital identities. The project puts the local authority ahead of other local councils and ensures that it is on target to get all of its services online by the 2005 deadline. Currently, the project allows users to view their personal council tax accounts, make payments, change personal account details and review planning applications online.

CoA - Change of Address
The new Post Office Change of Address service will provide a socially inclusive, multi-channel and authenticated one stop shop by which our customers can inform Government and commercial organizations such as utilities, banks, etc. of their change of address. The service will be based upon the trusted Post Office brand and the principle of 'informed consent'. What this means is that information will only be passed to third parties with the specific permission of the citizen.

Exodus - WINNER
The EXODUS suite of software represents a computer based laboratory for evaluating emergency and non-emergency movement and behaviour of people in aircraft, buildings and ships. EXODUS simulates people-people, people-fire and people-structure interactions. It tracks the path of each individual as they make their way out of the enclosure, or are overcome by fire hazards such as heat, smoke and toxic gases. EXODUS allows a cost effective way to achieving safer and more functional designs, allowing designers and regulators to seek answers to questions that cannot be addressed using conventional approaches. EXODUS enables difficult planning issues to be assessed in order to find the ideal design solution.

The Internet Kit
The internet kit is a web based product that allows anybody to create a professional website with no need for technical expertise. The site will be created in under 5 minutes and is ready to be edited instantly. The website address becomes active within 24 hours to allow visitors to see your website. The creator of the site remains in total control of the look, content and functionality of the site they have created.

Thameslink 2000 - Virtual Railway - WINNER
Currently there is great public awareness of the need to build safer and more efficient railways to satisfy customer and stakeholder demands and expectations of transport infrastructure. The "Virtual Railway" is a totally new approach, integrating the data and the engineering disciplines required to build safe efficient railways, using the latest 3D Database-Modelling and Visualisation technology. This approach yields significant improvement in the standards of safety and drive-ability, by allowing a "virtual railway" to be designed and analysed prior to any construction.

The project was set up to create a new government service on the internet. In 1999 a national jobs database and a national learning opportunities database were under development. The learning and Work Bank Project aimed to provide access to these national, online databases and other related information through an easy to use website, to be available by the end of 2000. A collaborative project was established across DfEE, ES and Ufi, involving IT partners FI group (now Xansa), EDS, and Logica to join up services on the internet. Research with potential users informed design, aiming for a simple easy to use presentation suitable for widede range of users, including people with visual impairment.