1996 National Information Infrastructure Awards:

AT&T NII TELECOLLABORATION AWARD WINNER, 1996


Entry: Electronic Cafe International
Organization: Electronic Cafe International, Los Angeles, California
Website:
http://www.ecafe.com

One of the longest-running experiments in telecollaboration and the digital communications is still one of the finest examples of human interaction across the information infrastructure.

Electronic Cafe International is a global network of public venues -- computerized cafes -- dedicated to telecollaboration between people in cyberspace. The Electronic Cafe International is a place where anyone can explore and exhibit creative uses of real-time, human-to-human multimedia telecollaborations. Founded in 1984 the ECI now has more than 30 interconnected affiliates around the world. The result is a virtual networked laboratory to support artistic and cultural collaboration between people in different cultures and communities.

In the virtual environment of electronic communications, human relationships are of increasing importance. As a community, the ECI network is committed to building new international models and relationships for telecollaborations between geographically separated participants.

The results of the ECI's telecollaboration have come in many forms. They've created new genres of art, such as Tele-poetry, and The Musical Conversation, both of which are collaborations between geographically separated performers.

The ECI has also pioneered new uses of analog telephone lines, digital ISDN lines, and Internet networking capabilities to create hybrid multimedia networks not available from any single service provider, thus providing models of emerging telecollaborations environments that will influence the development of the national and global information infrastructure.

"The Electronic Cafe International is responsible in so many ways for demonstrating the potential of networked collaboration. We owe these pioneers recognition and thanks for the work they've done for nearly two decades, playing a key role in developing what we are now calling the NII," said Robert Gelman, a judge for the AT&T NII Telecollaboration Awards, "I hope that this example inspires future generations of innovators to create equally innovative new ways for us to live and communicate throughout the world, and to make the world a better place."

The AT&T NII Telecollaboration award honors uses of the infrastructure that improves real-time collaboration across organizations, categories and multiple technologies. Uses that exemplify new ways people use technology in collaborating for improvements to the way they live, work or play. Uses, for example, that promote partnering, new ways of working together, distributed imaging and document and information sharing. Note: entries must include real-time collaboration to be eligible.

The Telecollaboration Finalists:
ATM Research and Industrial Enterprise System (ARIES) Project
The ARIES Project is a high-speed ATM testbed network, used for information
sharing in oil and gas exploration, with both terrestrial and satellite
high-speed links.

DIANE Diversified Information and Assistance Network
Project DIANE is a teleconference consortium whose members collaborate with
one another to develop and support interactive video and multimedia
teleconference-based education, community service and economic development
programs.

Fiber Weaves Indiana's Cultural and Education Communities Together
Distance learning technologies, through two-way interactive video, are a
pivotal medium for connecting Indiana's cultural communities with schools.

Space Bridge to Russia Telemedicine Project
Space Bridge to Russia employs nonproprietary, open Internet technologies to
promote collaboration and to improve delivery of health services and
information at significantly reduced costs.

The Telegarden
The Telegarden allows WWW users to view, water, plant seeds, and choreograph
mpeg movies in a remote garden filled with living plants.

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Kit Galloway/Sherrie Rabinowitz, Co-Founders Electronic Cafe International and ECI-Santa Monica
www.ecafe.com

Telecollaboration (Sponsored by AT&T): Honors uses of the information infrastructure that improve real-time collaboration across organizations and/or Award categories and multiple technologies. Uses that exemplify new ways people use technology in collaborating for improvements to the way they live, work or play. Uses, for example, that promote partnering, new ways of working together, distributed imaging and document and information sharing -- anytime, anywhere, in any form. Note: entries must include real-time collaboration (e.g., text, video) to be eligible.


Telecollaboration Category Chairs:

- Mary Spada, Principal, Global Growth Strategies
- Sam Whitmore, Editorial Director, PC Week


Telecollaboration Advisors:

Brian Kahin, Harvard Information Infrastructure Project
Bob Lambert, Vice President New Technology, The Walt Disney Co.
Mario Morino, Chairman, The Morino Institute
Curt Reimann, former Director, Malcolm Baldrige Quality Awards Program
Dr. Harry Saal, former President & CEO, Smart Valley Inc.


Category: Telecollaboration
Presenter: Erik K. Grimmelmann
Title: Vice President, AT&T

Erik K. Grimmelmann, Service Integration and Realization vice president for the AT&T WorldNet Service, has had extensive experience developing the technology and applications involved in telecollaboration. In 1989 he joined AT&T Computer Systems where he was product manager for the AT&T Rhapsody System, the first groupware offering that included workflow automation. An architect of the strategy to use AT&T's network as an applications-hosting environment, Grimmelmann helped craft agreements with Lotus and Novell that led to the creation of AT&T Network Notes and AT&T NetWare Connect Services offerings.


"The winners of the National Information Infrastructure (NII) Awards represent real-life benefits delivered through the
NII and give us an encouraging look at what is possible in the future. These examples will help all Americans understand the promise and potential of the information superhighway. And, as others continue to create exciting innovations of their own, our lives will be enriched for generations to come."
Vice President Al Gore


Project Overview

Electronic Cafe International

Electronic Cafe International: A global network of public
venues dedicated to creative telecollborations and the
exploration and exhibition of creative uses of real-time
human-to-human multimedia telecommunications.

Entrant name:Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz, Co-Founders of
Electronic Cafe International

Website: http://www.ecafe.com
Email this entrant directly at: ecafe@earthlink.net

How Best to Review this Entry: All of the above! COME EXPERIENCE
an event live at ECI. We are more than our Website/s alone, but visit it as well.
View the accompanying video tape we sent, but come see the people, the place,
and the multidude of tele-collaborative event produced over the ECI-Network.

Summary: Electronic Cafe(tm) was founded in the Orwellian year of 1984.
Electronic Cafe International established in 1988, is a growing international
network of multimedia public venues for showcasing creative, multi-cultural,
multi-disciplinary, collaborative telecommunications -- ECI creates a networked
lab, to support collaboration and co-creation between people in different
cultures, countries and language "We," ECI are the longest established
international collective exploring collaborative multimedia telecommunications,
cultural diversity, and the arts in a truly hybrid networked environment. ECI is a
networked cultural research lab, a unique international network of multimedia
telecommunications venues with over 30 affiliates around the globe.

Highlights: Creative Integration--technically, socially, artistically. You'll see
that ECI operates simultaneously and interactively on many levels. On our web
site check out "Highlights." All of these Highlights have some off-line video
recorded and, in some cases site documentation, paper documents, drawings,
and photos. Many Highlights were technological firsts and many of them
represent different collaborations with different venders. They represent original
telecollaboritive projects, many already have spin-offs and have been copies.
Look for the telecollaboration of artists; look for the collaboration between artists
and technology-technicians; think of the telecollaborations required to
co-produce activities like these across a network. Look for the public inclusive
environs. Look at the number of telecollaborative events performed publicly, or
that involved public participation.

Objective(s): It's clear that in the virtual environment of information and
electronic communications the modes of communications, the connecting
networks and the human relationships that are created and maintained through
them are of increasing value and importance .The ECI Network is, as a
community, committed to building new international models and relationships
for projects of creative telecollaborations between geographically separated
participants: re. A "commons" for global electronic space, with enough
audio/visual & graphics power to facilitate the exchange of ideas in an
international multi-lingual environment.

Results and Benefits: Please check out the "Highlights" on our WWW for a
more complete picture of the results of the network and telecollaboration. Each
of the events and activities over the years at ECI have opened up new
opportunities for experiment and development -- Art genres like Tele-poetry, and
The Musical Conversation between geographically separated performers work
quite well using both internet-based and non-internet technologies and have had
great and good effect on the people it touched. Most ECI performances and
activities incorporate the visions of several geographically dispersed
collaborating artists. Patrons around the world participate in interactive events.
Popular culture is explored: Ambient music is created by DJ's in several cities at
once while audiences in different cities dance together in the same live projected
image-space. Analog telephone lines, digital ISDN lines, and Internet
networking capabilities are often used in concert to create a hybrid multimedia
network not available from any one service provider, thus enabling us to model
emerging telecom environments years before they are alleged to arrive in our
homes. For example, a performing artist in one city might transmit live video,
MIDI data and audio signals to another city, where the artist's image is projected
life-sized while MIDI control data activates lights, theatrical props, musical
instruments, and robotics. Many of the ECI events and activities are cybercast on
the Internet via CU-SeeMe or other TCP/IP video technoques using multiple
ISDN connections to the net. ECIs connected by ISDN include: ECI-SANTA
MONICA, CA (Headquarters); ECI-PARIS, FRANCE; ECI-COPENHAGEN,;
DENMARK; ECI-LAB, NYC; ECI-NEW YORK CITY, (The Kitchen);
ECI-AUSTIN, Texas; ECI-RIO DE JANEIRO; ECI-JERUSALEM;
ECI-TOKYO; ECI-TORONTO; ECI-DUBLIN; and our affiliates in places like
SAN FRANCISCO and SANTA FE. Several new sites are joining the ECI
Network, we have over 30 ECI-Affiliates and ECI-Friends around the world
including: Moscow; Telluride, Co.; Managua; Woodstock, NY; And Las Vegas.

How those results were measured: Everything done at ECI is video taped
off-line. The result is probably the largest archive of documented interactive
telematic experiences/experiments in the world, ranging from kids projects,
MIDI music, Virtual Reality, and education. Beside standard ECI recording, the
different project user groups often had their own documentation done in
collaboration with ECI. For example, the bilingual book done by 2-3rd graders
about telecommunications, about specific technology used at ECI and their
experience at ECI.

Innovation: A BROADER CONTEXT ENABLES A MORE DIVERSE AND
RICHER CONTENT: Since its inception, Electronic Cafe International has
produced hundreds of events espousing a philosophy of global cultural diversity
and inclusion -- thus technological diversity and alternatives to the Internet alone
became a prerequisite for establishing multimedia connections including
point-to-point, and bridged connections for multipoint-to-multipoint multimedia
linkups. Technologies range from multi-point color motion video via H.320
video transmission, ISDN speeds from 128K to 384K, analog video phones that
can be audio-bridged together with all types interfaced to the video standards
acceptable to the internet. Shared screen environments, MIDI data, file transfers,
email, audio conferences, tele-robotics manipulations, and even fax machines are
combined to perform and facilitate specific telecollaborative tasks. The dictates of
reality require that a wide variety of technologies be used to realize our
philosophy of multimedia inclusion on a truly undiscriminating global scale.

This distinguishes the ECI Network and its long term commitment to a vast
variety of telecollaboration technologies from the more recent emergence of
Internet cafes that are springing up. The hybrid mix of technologies incorporated
in the ECI Network accommodate not only high-end capabilities, but also has
made a long term investment in low-end multimedia technology that enables ECI
to collaborate with peoples and communities of the world that have not had, nor
will not in the near future, have access to the resourceses to support multimedia
on the WWW.

How this project came about: ECI is the next step in a lineage that
begins... In 1977, we worked with NASA , funded by CPB and NEA to do a
series of aesthetic research projects called "The Satellite Arts Project", a live
interactive "virtual space" satellite performance between dancers at both ends of
the U.S.A. In those days, satellites were the only practical means to move live
video over oceans. In 1982 we did a lab at Loyolla Marymount University
entirely in virtual space. Multi-disciplinary graduate students, helped study and
describe the phenomenological experiences of the "image as place."

Some of our older work continues to have an influence on us and the network,
like the unmediated communication of "Hole-In-Space": A Public
Communication Sculpture," 1980. For three evenings in November we lit up
giant, rear projection screens with life-sized images connected by satellite in an
window at Lincoln Center in New York and a window in The Broadway Store
in Century City in LA. Unannounced, NO PUBLICITY, no signs, no
explanations, no local self-view video monitors. People encountered life-sized
images of people in the other city whom they could see, hear, and talk with.

For seven weeks in 1984 we manifest Electronic Cafe (The original cyber cafe
network) as part of the Los Angeles Olympic Arts Festival. We used LA as a
model for an international multi-lingual, multicultural network. We linked
cafes/restaurants in several language groups and culturally diverse communities
throughout L A with a UNIX-based computer network featuring a keyword
searchable index so that people could find topics of discussion or establish new
topics. We embellished the computer network with the ability to store and
retrieve thousands of captured video images and collaboratively created line
drawing in a multimedia archive that the public contributed to and could retrieve.
All sites were able to exchange or conference in video, audio, and use the
collaboratively drawing alone or to annotate the video images together in a
realtime shared-screen environment a decade ahead of the www.

After Electronic Cafe in 1984 we felt that we had reached "the limits of model."
All of our previous work begged to be developed. The next step was
"community," a permanent multimedia collaborative public network. In 1988
ECI opened with its first international link with Paris.

Real-time collaboration aspects: The whole philosophy and design of
ECI, the entire focus of our work has been real-time collaboration between
people separated by geographical distances. Please look at the Highlights on our
WWW for examples of successful real-time telecollaboration The ECI Network
organizes and produces live performances and encounters in "virtual space."
Most ECI performances and activities incorporate the visions of several
geographically dispersed collaborators, and occur in more than one place at the
same time: Analog telephone lines, digital ISDN lines, and Internet networking
capabilities are often used in concert to create a hybrid multimedia network, thus
enabling us to model emerging telecom environments years before they are
alleged to arrive in our homes. Many of the ECI events and activities are
cybercast on the Internet via CU-SeeMe using ISDN connections to the net.

 

Users & Technical

Electronic Cafe International

Date of first use: 03/01/84

How many people (approximate, per month): 5,001-50,000

Frequency of use: Several times per day

Geographic focus: Global

Who the users are and where they use the project: Users and
collaborators range from computer and industry processionals, educators,
students, world class artists, children, and the general public interested in
participating in and modeling a multimedia information and telecommunications
environment . Local users at each cafe participate in events, meet local user at
other ECIs and plan events together.

How the project works, how users use it: NOT JUST ANOTHER
CYBER ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK: For over a decade, ECI has
functioned not only as a pioneer but as a leading community conducting ground
breaking aesthetic research in the exploration of real-time networked
collaborative multimedia environments. Users and collaborators range from
computer and industry processionals, educators, students, world class artists,
children, and the general public interested in participating ECIs organize
themselves in different ways to accommodate different users and activities.
Many ECIs are "event driven," which means sometimes there will be a public
performance of networked music, for example and audiences at each site pay
admission. Sometimes ECI is reserved for college class that connects with
another school for distance learning. Sometimes an organization takes over ECI
for its own programming and people. The Network of ECI's communicate
among themselves and to the larger world via an assortment of telecom media
not limited only to the Internet. We do it all, and we provide the opportunity for
anyone to experience or use or facilities to develop and produce multimedia
networked events.

User Feedback: Example: On many occasions groups of developmentally
challenged adalts or children. have come to the Cafe in Santa Monica and used
its facilities to talk to a similar group from our Cafe affiliate, The Little City
Foundation in Chicago. "They ran the entire system and used the video phones.
Usually people like this are kept in their own constituency groups. Getting all
sorts of people together and giving them access to the technology in a non
intimidating environment is what ECI is about. We want all people to be able to
come here and imagine what is possible, and what they can do together. - ECI
introduced, encouraged, and is now embraced by the deaf community who can
use the video conference tech at a faster 384 ISDN transmission rate to actually
sign and communicate. The delights of Deaf Signing TelePoetry has now been
introduced to the hearing community.

Example ECI-Net communiqué: Saturday, April 27, 1996 Japan Standard Time.
More than ten students will practice the Taiko drumming at the Electronic Cafe
Tokyo. Remind you that the time will be 17:00 Friday in Santa Monica, 20:00
Friday in New York and Toronto, 22:00 Friday in Rio, 02:00 Saturday in Paris
and Copenhagen, and 03:00 in Jerusalem. This is not an official session; my
attempt is not just have a workshop at the cutting-edge venue, but to test digital
transmission of Taiko sounds via video-comm system; this time I would like to
test Apple's QuickTime Conferencing...

Copyright 1995 BPI Communications, Inc. The Hollywood Reporter June 14,
1995, Wednesday HEADLINE: Digital media awards sponsored by Motorola
given BODY:The Interactive Media Festival's 1995 international jury honored
several exceptional works with Arc Awards recently at the Variety Arts Center in
downtown Los Angeles. The Arc Insight Award went to Kit Galloway and
Sherrie Rabinowitz of the Electronic Cafe in recognition of their ground breaking
work in telematic space and networking.

Technological Infrastructure: The Network of ECI's communicate among
themselves and to the larger world via an assortment of telecom media not
limited only to the Internet. ISDN-based CU-SeeMe; ECI-www sites; Direct
28.8Kbs modem links; Midi music and midi data provide remote-control;
ISDN-based video & audio conferencing bridges; Composite-image
performances and Composite Public Spaces are created in site, sound, and
interactive data; Yamaha Disklavier pianos are played by people on other
continents. This is not simply one networking architecture mastered by one
segment of the industry. On occasions we bring up T1 lines for High-Speed data
and point-to-point video for special events and multimedia environmental
research. Because ECI is a global Net committed to everybody being a part of
the conversation, we maintain our analog network of b/w still frame video
phones which can be used anywhere and that community defined by technology
gets mixed in to the multi media transmission over the internet or H.320 video
network. This allows communities who don't have ISDN or in many cases
access to the internet to participate. ECI connected by ISDN include:
ECI-SANTA MONICA, CA (Headquarters); ECI-PARIS, FRANCE;
ECI-COPENHAGEN,; DENMARK; ECI-LAB, NYC; ECI-NEW YORK
CITY, (The Kitchen); ECI-AUSTIN, Texas; ECI-RIO DE JANEIRO;
ECI-JERUSALEM; ECI-TOKYO; ECI-TORONTO; ECI-DUBLIN; Our
affiliates in SAN FRANCISCO, SANTA FE With several new sites joining the
ECI Network, and over 30 ECI-Affiliates and friends AROUND THE WORLD
including: Moscow;; Telluride, Co.; Managua; Woodstock, NY; And Las Vegas.

 

Vision

Electronic Cafe International

Success Factors: The right idea in community and technology interface! Since
1984 we have focused on cross cultural telecollaboration in the context of a
public venue. The "cafe" = an informal community commons indigenous to all
communities and ECI was the first to make this association and to actually
manifest the tele-hybrid. It has now been replicated and reaffirmed throughout
the industry and popular culture as a major conceptual theme and the ECI
philosophy is loosely reaffirmed by the emergence of internet cafes. ECI is the
original model for all of this and has been a cultural icon for over ten years. ECI
continues to expand and demonstrate what the future of the telecollaborative
public venue will be as a "real place" as well as in terms of the cross-cultural
telecollaborative potentials of realtime multimedia. Because of the way ECI runs,
it is very appropriate for different special interest groups to inhabit the place
comfortably so that a class of Jr. High School students, feels as welcome as a
Java user group, or as an avant garde artist. What goes on at ECI-Sites and over
the links that connect them is important to the acculturation of global cyberspace.
ECI creates the context in which the human aspirations for a realtime multimedia
telecollaborative environment can be acted out. For years, ECI has been the only
effort to model a global network of public venues to facilitate community access
to experience these new media and all of their forms. Encouraging the public so
that we have an educated citizenry who can say, "Well can it do this?" or "What
about if we try this?"

Future Plans: ECI is growing. More ECI sites are opening and other venues
want to become affiliates. ECI has the reputation of pushing the envelope with
quality work and is known to do the best and the most in terms of creative
multipoint telecollaborations. The creative community has the opportunity to
create and participate in a vibrant and mature networked community that has as
its objective collaborations between cultures, ideas, disciplines, and technologies
that supports creative human-to human collaboration. The ECI-Networked lab
increases the ability of all ECIs to gain support from local telco's and venders.
Because ECIs have qualified people who know how to interface with the
international communication infrastructure the individual ECIs become local
consultants and venues for product demonstrations, exhibitions, and hybrid
performances. The ability to act internationally, draw on real experiences from
the community, and speak to a wide range of people increases the value of
ECI-Net and helps to support its on going development. But there are the
growing pains of our collective success and the ECI community are on the cusp
of redefinition.

Wish List: Yes! We want to establish an ECI/Industry Lab for the Aesthetic
Research of Tele-collaborations. We are looking for Industry partners.

Never enough. We have found that the human asperations of the creative
community (The content providers) are always in the need to field test and
evaluate new and emerging technology/tools to determin if they will facilitate
their objectives.

We have always tried to extend our reach to the knowledgebase of experts and
the genius of novices.

Commentary on Barriers: ...Although we are experiencing a convergence
too often we are forced to use technology designed for corporate culture --
electronic meeting aids and conventional video conferencing, and the latent
results of asynchronous packet-switched networks, etc. We need to be in a better
position to communicate directly to the venders to prepare them for applications
that address the issues of telecollaboration in a public venue. We and our
constituencies would also want to share in the licensing of the technology we
invent. We make it all work by using pieces of everything. This makes
operations and system configurations extremely complex and difficult to delegate
to those with less than a command of several unique disciplines.

Advice: We are talking about public venues. We can't advertise because we
can't hold all the people that come. Also the quality of the event changes when
more and more people expect to be able to participate. Still, we desperately need
to fill the void in the cultural landscape between impersonal theme parks and the
exclusivity of private clubs. Science and Industry museums have other kinds of
problems dealing with volume and traffic flows and an individuals need for more
time. If success is measured in numbers served, I suggest a turn-key franchise in
every community in a networked multimedia future that is more stable.

ECI was also a Semifinalist in the Arts & Entertainment Category in 1996.




NII AWARDS PROGRAM ANNOUNCES FINALISTS IN SECOND ANNUAL COMPETITION TO RECOGNIZE OUTSTANDING USES OF COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES

Judges Narrow Field to 60 Nominees

LOS ANGELES, CA, NOVEMBER 12, 1996 - Judges in the 1996 National Information Infrastructure Awards program, the world's leading forum for the recognition of extraordinary achievement on the information highway, have announced Finalists in the competition to find the country's best uses of the Internet and related communication technologies.

The 60 Finalists represent the most creative and beneficial applications of the information highway in 10 different categories that touch on all areas of America's work, play and community life. The winners will be announced at a major awards ceremony to be held December 3, in New York City. A complete list of Finalists is available at the NII Website, http://www.gii-awards.com.

"All these Finalists have something important to teach us about how communications technology and the information infrastructure can be used to improve the health and well-being of people everywhere, in every aspect of our work, play and community relationships," said James Hake, Chairman of the NII Awards Program. "More than anything else, our hope is that the NII Awards will recognize leaders in this new digital communication age who can help educate and inspire others about the immeasurable potential presentedby the Internet and related technologies."

Nominees in the NII Awards Program range from powerful corporations, to entrepreneurs, to grassroots community organizations to individuals. They are competing for awards in Arts and Entertainment, Business, Children,Community, Education, Next Generation, Government and Health, and in two special awards, the NII Public Access Awards, sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service, and the NII Telecollaboration Award, sponsored by AT&T. Categories are presided over by separate panels of judges comprised of recognized experts in each area.

The program is made possible by a wide range of supporters, including IBM,one of the pioneering organizations of the Information Age, and the sponsor of this year's Awards ceremony.

"IBM is delighted to support the NII Awards," said Irving Wladawsky-Berger, general manager of IBM's Internet Division. "The NII Awards recognizes leaders who have successfully applied network technology and addresses issues of how the entire society works with and organizes itself around information in a connected world. We believe that the most important role of the Internet and network technology is to solve problems, create opportunities and enhance value, for business and for the community at large."

This year's NII Awards Finalists display an impressive range of talents and solutions.Participants include publishers of online magazines and newspapers, designers of children- and teenager-oriented World Wide Web sites, manufacturers of semiconductors, teachers, scientists and community organizers.

"This is the second time I've been a judge in the NII Awards program, and again I've found the whole process fascinating," said Bob Lambert, senior vice president for new technology and new media at the Walt Disney Company."I'm amazed by the depth and breadth of the entries--so many surprising things have popped out of the woodwork of America from both small groups and large organizations that have developed some truly clever applications of the information infrastructure."

Only two years old, the NII Awards Program has emerged as the most important competition for the recognition of information highway uses, and has won praise from a broad range of industry and community leaders, including Vice President Al Gore, who cited the NII's efforts to reward and showcase these especially beneficial uses of the information highway.

The Awards program itself has proved an overwhelming success: the 850 entrants that responded to this year's call for submissions represented a 50 percent increase over last year. Last year's winners ranged from the Alzheimer's Disease Support Center on the Cleveland Free-Net, to the National Materials Exchange Network, to the HotWired online magazine.

The expanded interest in this second year of the NII Awards reflects the continued explosive growth of the Internet and other kinds of networking technologies through all sectors of society, added the NII's Hake. "With new possibilities and potential applications being discovered every day, it's more important than ever that we recognize the best and hold them up as models of smart business and public benefit."

Perhaps most importantly, the NII Awards Program is a forum that brings together people from all areas of business and society who need more effective ways to trade ideas and experience about information highway projects, said Hake.

The NII Awards are supported by more than 70 sponsors. Corporate sponsors of the 1996 NII Awards include AT&T, IBM, the U.S. Postal Service, BellSouth, Sun Microsystems, Lotus, Netscape, CompuServe, Fujitsu, PriceWaterhouse, BBN, SRI Consulting, US WEST and Tandem Computers.

Media sponsors include TIME, Business Week, Business Communications Review, Business Wire, EE Times, Electronic Learning, Federal Computer Week, Government Technology, Hospitals and Health Networks, Inter@ctive Week, Internet World, Modern Healthcare, Network World, Telecommunications, PCWeek and Web Week.

Sponsoring organizations include the U.S. Information Infrastructure TaskForce, the C. Everett Koop Institute, The Morino Institute, the AmericanMedical Association, the American Library Association, the NationalEducation Association, the American Film Institute, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, ISTE, NCTET, the National League of Cities,the National Association of Counties, the Council on Competitiveness, the National League of Women Voters, among others.

For more information about the NII Awards, please go to http://www.gii-awards.com.

1996 NII AWARDS FINALISTS

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT FINALISTS
CitySpace: Network Social Space of the Future
DISCOVERY CHANNEL ONLINE:
ESPNET SportsZone
Firefly; the personal entertainment source for the Web
JBW: A Random Walk through the Twentieth Century
TerraQuest: Virtual Expedtions on the World Wide Web

BUSINESS FINALISTS
A&a Printers Print Production Management System
Counsel Connect
Firefly, the personal entertainment source for the web
National Semiconductor's Website for Design
Silicon Investor (Financial Online Service)
The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition

CHILDREN FINALISTS
Cyberteens
FACES of Adoption: America's Waiting Children
FreeZone: an intelligent online community for kids.
MidLink Magazine: A Web-Olution in the Global Classroom
The National Missing Children's Network
STARBRIGHT World

COMMUNITY FINALISTS
Charlotte's Web:Building Communities of Hope
Diversified Information and Assistance Network (DIANE)
East Palo Alto Gets Plugged In
GriefNet
SeniorNet
US EPA/USPS Environmental Recycling Hotline

EDUCATION FINALISTS
American Memory: Library of Congress Historical Collections
CELLS alive!
The JASON VII Project Undersea Internet Site
NASA's K-12 Internet Initiative, NASA Ames Research Center
Odyssey in Egypt - The Interactive Archaeological Dig
Passport To Knowledge: Live From the Hubble Space Telescope

GOVERNMENT FINALISTS
FEMA -- An Emergency Lane on the Information Superhighway
Minnesota Planning World Wide Web Home Pages
NSF FastLane Project
Public Access to Labor Statistics (BLS LABSTAT)
SEDAC Access to U.S. Demographic Data.
U.S. Federal Government Information Locator Service (GILS)

HEALTH FINALISTS
Applied Informatics -- Using the NII to Coordinate Healthcare
Children With Diabetes Online Magazine
The Family Village Project
The Global Health Network
Join Together Online: Linking Communities Fighting Substance Abuse
OncoLink - An Internet-based Multimedia Cancer Information Resource

NEXT GENERATION FINALISTS
AQUARIUS > Home of the World's First Underwater Web
I-WAY: Prototyping the Next Generation Internet
North Carolina Information Highway (NCIH)
Pine Ridge-Mayo Telemedicine Project
Remote Experimental Environment in Fusion Energy Research
STARBRIGHT World

PUBLIC ACCESS FINALISTS
Community Technology Centers' Network (CTCNet) Public Access Program
epa.net - East Palo Alto Gets Plugged In
LinkNet: A Virtual Year On-Line
Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN)
Seattle Public Access Network (PAN)
Web Access Project (WAP)

TELECOLLABORATION FINALISTS
ARIES - ATM Research & Industrial Enterprise System
DIANE Diversified Information and Assistance Network
Electronic Cafe International
Fiber Weaves Indiana's Cultural and Education
Space Bridge to Russia Telemedicine Project
The Telegarden

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From: "Ceparano, Donna" <ceparand@fleishman.com> cafe
To: "'ElectronicCafe'" <ecafe@earthlink.net> Cc: "'Parker,Dave&Mara'" <dmparker@gii-awards.com>, 
       "'Hake,Jim'"<jhake@accessmedia.com>
Subject: Notes from Electronic Cafe Conference Call 
Date: Mon, 25 Nov 1996 14:19:00 -0600

ELECTRONIC CAFE INTERNATIONAL
Telecollaboration Award

Messages:

* Model since 1984 for many of the new cybercafes springing up today (i.e. Apple, Intel/Starbucks).

* Evolved from orig. model of community cafe to a networked laboratory of cafes throughout the world, 
   mainly for artists to collaborate.
* Constantly pushing the envelope beyond just being a point of access in a public space:     
    - use technologies beyond Internet, i.e. videoconferencing.
    - thought leaders in regard to future technology applications.      
    - in touch with psychological aspects of what kind of environment public wants   
    - -resocialization- - antidote to cocooning.
* About integration -- of different technologies, cultures, age groups.
* Use performing arts and arts as way to define limits and capabilities for other types of businesses.
    - Corporate culture changing to communal rooms (videoteleconferencing); more        informal meetings where 
      creativity can be released.
* Connection to AT&T (sponsoring Telecollaboration Award) - can provide higher 
      bandwidth the Electronic Cafe needs.

Telecollaboration Examples:

* Use technologies that speed network so images, music, etc. can be part of telecollaboration in synchronous 
   real time (singing, drumming circles, dance together).
* Work with handicapped children to create music using a Timbuktu shared screen environment where kids 
   in NY and LA drew lines on screen that created musical notes on Disklaver pianos in both cities.
* Dancers in NY and LA dancing together in the image and choreographed whole performance in response to 
   the image.

Ideal Headlines:

-ARTISTS DEFINE NEW WAYS OF COLLABORATING- (Arts press) 
-PUBLIC VENUE OF TOMORROW, TODAY- (Internet press) 


USA TODAY

12/03/96 - 11:22 PM ET - Click reload often for latest version

Information group recognizes 10 innovative Internet sites

A prestigious award for breakthroughs in the use of the Internet will be presented Tuesday to 10 pioneers of better living
through cyberspace.

In its second year, the National Information Infrastructure (NII) Awards - a cross between the Baldrige Awards and the
Oscars - will be given to the likes of
Electronic Cafe International, which explores creative uses of multimedia
telecommunications, and Charlotte's Web, an interactive community in Charlotte, N.C.

"The reason (the NII) is so important is because we are on our way to becoming a fully connected society," says Irving
Wladawsky-Berger, general manager of IBM's Internet Division. "The most important aspect of a fully connected society
is not just the technology but . . . the applications of it and how it will change business, entertainment, government,
education and health care."

The awards ceremony is tonight at the New York Hilton.

Other winners:

CitySpace, a cyberspace classroom for artistic youths.
Faces of Adoption, which helps find homes for orphaned children.
The Jason VII Project Undersea Internet Site, which brings students to an undersea research lab on the World
Wide Web.
The NSF (National Science Foundation) FastLane Project, for saving time and money by conducting business
electronically.
Starbright World, for using computers to help seriously ill children overcome the isolation of hospitalization.
Applied Informatics, for coordinating health care service.
EPA.Net, East Palo Alto Gets Plugged In, for providing residents of the California city with Internet access and
training.
The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition, for financial/news coverage.

"Just as roads and power grids were the infrastructure of the old industrial economy, so the information highway is
becoming the infrastructure for a new knowledge-based economy," says Don Tapscott, an NII Awards judge and author
of Digital Economy and Paradigm Shift. "It's changing the way we create wealth, the way we learn and the way of our
social development."

By Lenita Powers, USA TODAY


GII AWARDS POSTPONED

We want to make you aware of some important news regarding the 5th Annual GII
Awards. Key3Media (Formerly ZD Events) has recently completed an evaluation of
the GII program and have decided to postpone this year's awards program.

It is because we strongly believe in the mission and value of the GII Awards that we
have made this difficult decision. Key3Media will be looking at ways of building on the
experience and reputation of the GII Awards to create an even bigger and better
program in 2001. We want to make sure that GII receives the focus and investment
required to make this a truly global program with awards that have real value to the
entrants, the winners and the industry.

As soon as a date has been determined, we will post Call For Entries and the
process will continue. If an entry has already been submitted for the November
Awards ceremony, it will be saved and re-instated for future evaluation. You will not
be required to re-enter.

Thank you
Staff@gii