Computerworld's 2003 21st Century Achievement Award winners

Winners included E Networks, the Earth Simulator Center and American Express

Each June for the past 15 years, organizations around the world have been recognized at the annual Computerworld Honors award ceremony at the National Building Museum in Washington. There were 60 (see story) finalists for this year's Computerworld 21st Century Achievement Awards, which were given out last night to the following organizations:

Business & Related Services Category

Wireless & Satellite Networks: Zamora, Spain's "hot city" -- The first city to provide wireless public Internet access across a metropolitan area, not just at selected hot spots, shows that wireless technology can compete successfully with dial-up and cable.

Education & Academia Category

Michigan State University: LON-CAPA Courseware System -- A distributed open-source learning content management and assessment system provides instructors with a common, scalable platform to assist in all aspects of teaching a course.

Environment, Agriculture & Energy Category

The Earth Simulator Center: Earth Simulator Project -- A dramatically more powerful supercomputer sustains five times the computing rates of the previous record holder, enabling the accurate prediction for the first time of natural phenomena such as typhoons and El Nino.

Finance, Insurance & Real Estate Category

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp.: USA Patriot Act compliance solution -- An unobtrusive, secure and cost-effective Web-based monitoring system automatically cross-references prospective and current customers against all governmental lists of "blocked persons" and automatically flags suspicious behavior, easing compliance with money laundering laws.

Government & Nonprofit Organizations Category

Cybersoft: The VEDOP electronic tax filing system in Turkey -- Turkey's first e-government initiative allows taxpayers to transfer their tax returns and check balances online, streamlining a system that required more than 30 returns and declarations a year for the typical taxpayer.

Network for Good: Network for Good -- A single Web portal aggregates content and resources covering hundreds of thousands of charitable organizations, making them available in one comprehensive, easy-to-use Internet destination, increasing donations and volunteerism.

Manufacturing Category

GE Silicones: Global ERP Transformation -- One of the first major industrial firms to truly run its entire global business from a single instance of an ERP system, GE Silicones has enabled a new corporate culture of global dialogue, where plans for the future are firmly based on a shared knowledge of current reality.

Media, Arts & Entertainment Category

E Networks: Digital Asset Information System -- A powerful digital asset management system allows users to search and see low-resolution versions of more than 400,000 videotapes, reducing duplication of effort and speeding the creation of new programs for more than 80 million subscribers.

Medicine Category

Brigham and Women's Hospital, Surgical Planning Laboratory: 3-D Surgical Planning Visualization -- Intense processing of two-dimensional MRI and CT scan images yields a much more valuable 3-D volumetric image of the brain, which highlights changes over time and provides an ideal environment for presurgical planning.

Lexicon Genetics: The integration of gene-based drug discovery projects with financial processes -- A biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery of breakthrough treatments for human disease uses "gene knockout" technology to systematically define the physiological functions and pharmaceutical utility of genes and fuel therapeutic development programs.

Science Category

Institute of Atmospheric Physics: Atmospheric Research -- Large-scale climate modeling, with particular emphasis on El Nino cycles and Asian monsoons, helps China plan for and mitigate the 60 billion to 180 billion yuan ($7.2 billion to $21.7 billion) in annual economic losses from climate change and natural disasters.

Transportation Category

American Express Corporate Travel Solutions: TravelBahn -- Centralized access to a host of travel service tools and other links over the Internet enhances the effectiveness of corporate travel programs by providing the tools and technology for optimum efficiency.

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