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Web Indexing Awards

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 for Indexing awards a deserving indexer the annual Web Indexing SIG Award for excellence in web site indexing. The award is announced at the Honors & Awards session of the American Society for Indexing Annual conference each spring. You do not have to attend the conference to win.

Award Criteria

Eligibility Requirements

  • The index should be a browsable hyperlinked A to Z index, i.e., similar to a back of the book index.
  • Created by humans, either an individual or a team.
  • 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 being equal.
  • Entries are open to members of the Web Indexing SIG and its partner organization, the Information Architecture Institute (IAI). Members of other indexing societies are eligible to enter by joining 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.

Note: The 2009 awards are now closed.

Evaluation Criteria for the Award

The selection criteria for the Web Indexing SIG Award is based on the SIG's best practices for Web site indexes including the following criteria:

  • Usability/ease of use in navigating within the index and finding information
  • Sufficient coverage of web site content, i.e. indexing depth and completeness
  • 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


The winning indexer receives US$75 and a certificate from the ASI Web Indexing Special Interest Group.

Judging of the Award

The Award Coordinator submits the entries anonymously to the judges. Entries are judged by three judges who are experts in web indexing, using the criteria listed above.

The judges of the 2009 Award are:

Fred Brown
Fred was a recipient of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers Web Indexing Award. An experienced indexer, he has delivered numerous workshops on indexing. He is the owner of Allegro Technical Indexing.

Heather Hedden
Heather is an instructor and presenter on web site indexing, providing conference presentations and online workshops through Simmons College and her own business, Hedden Information Management. She is the author of the book Indexing Specialties: Web Sites and is a past manager of the Web Indexing SIG.

James A. Lamb
James A. Lamb has a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from London University, worked for over 20 years as a senior IT technician and team leader and became full-time professional indexer in 2004. He is author of the book Website Indexes, Database Developer and Administrator of the ASI Web-Indexing SIG, and Internet Director and website indexer for the (UK) Society of Indexers.

No web site indexed by the judges or Award Coordinator will be eligible for entry.

2008 Award Winners

First Place
Rebecca Linford, UK
Index to the English Department at the University of Dundee, Scotland
English Department Web site:
A to Z Index:

Selected Comments:

  • Entries and overall indexing of site is consistent
  • Cross references are used where terms have no subentries and used correctly to link main entries with multiple subentries
  • Extensive level of detail enables access to the key information
  • Layout and main headings enable easy online reading
  • Good use of double posting
  • Good use of icons to note access to a secure area

Second Place
Michael Unwalla, UK
Index to TechScribe
TechScribe Web site:
A-Z Index:

Selected Comments:

  • Good coverage of topics such as LaTex and DITA
  • Layout enables easy online reading
  • Good use of double posting and cross references
  • Good use of icons for entries to link sub-sections and PDF pages

Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers Web Indexing Award

The Australian Society of Indexers (AusSI), later the Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI), was the first society to award a web indexing prize or award to the best web site index submitted. In 2006 ANZSI decided not to continue with the ANZSI Web Indexing Award as a standalone item.

ANZSI Web Indexing Award past recipients