David Trueman, Co-chair of Chebucto Community Net (CCN) and lead developer of Chebucto Suite, the innovative software used by CCN and several other community networks, was chosen as "Internet Person of the Year". Some 19 nominations for the prestigious award were received.
David is the Systems Manager in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computing Science at Dalhousie University.
Chebucto Community Net, after barely one year in operation, showed its strength in being selected as Best Community Site. Chebucto provides information and communications access to Metro area residents with over 8,000 accounts and 60 phone lines. In the month of May, over 1.2 million files were delivered to interested parties both locally and around the world.
The Best Development Team or Collaboration went to Dalhousie Computing Science for Chebucto Suite. Chebucto Suite is the software, documentation and training materials used to run a community network and is the result of the efforts of dozens of volunteers. The Suite is in active use by other communities across the country and elsewhere.
Other Chebucto Community Net nominees for awards included Ecology Action Centre, nominated for Best Science Site and the Law Reform Commission, nominated for Best Law Resource.
Other Nova Scotian winners were Dalhousie University, Best Academic or Education Site and Environment Canada - Halifax.
The Canadian Internet Awards receive nominations on-line from any person or group using the Internet in Canada. All the categories are listed and nominees names appear as they are received. Voting takes place on-line at the close of nominations and is open to any Internet user in Canada. These are truly "People's Choice" awards.