Second Annual Global Directory Awards to be Given at EDM07, the European Directory and Search Services Conference

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The "People's Choice" Global Directory Award is the first award to be selected by Directory and Search Services (DSS) industry peers, while the newly launched "Innovation" award will be given to the service demonstrating the greatest innovation. DSS includes the rapidly changing and converging Directory Enquiry (DQ), Yellow Pages, and Internet Search markets in a fixed and mobile world

Whitaker Associates has announced that the annual Global Directory Award (GDA) program is being expanded into two categories: a "People's Choice" award and an "Innovation" award. The People's Choice award, given last year for the first time, will be chosen this year by delegates at the conference. The Innovation award, which will be given for the first time this year, will be awarded to the product or service that demonstrates the greatest innovation in this rapidly changing market.

This is the second year of the Global Directory Award program. The 2006 recipient of the "People's Choice" award was Il Numero for their "892 892" service in Italy.

"The Innovation award is being added this year in recognition of the opportunities that the phenomenal growth of Internet search, social networking, and mobile service is having on the traditional directory markets," according to Stuart M. Whitaker, President and CEO of Whitaker Associates, the conference organizer. "User search patterns and behaviour are changing dramatically, and providers must undertake radical innovations to serve new user demands."

Entry in the Global Directory Awards is simple and free. Details regarding submissions are available at http://www.whitaker.com/conferences/EDM07/default.htm.

The winners will be announced at the Feb 5th Awards Dinner in London. The entry deadline is January 31.

Please join us at the conference to hear industry leaders explore business potential in the rapidly evolving and growing communications market. Enjoy the opportunity to network with industry colleagues, customers, and partners.

Gold Sponsors of this conference include:

Silver Sponsors include:

  •     LSSi Corp.;
  •     Soleo Communications.

Other exhibitors include Market Location and Volt Delta International.

The EIDQ is a Partner Sponsor.

Whitaker Associates has extensive experience in the directory and search services industry, offering conferences, The Operator Online (http://www.theoperatoronline.com) news service, and consulting. To attend, to sponsor, or for more information, visit http://www.whitaker.com.

Stuart M. Whitaker

+44 (020) 8133 8278

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