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Net Shepherd Gets Nod from Smithsonian

Net Shepherd has been nominated for a 1998 Computerworld Smithsonian Award in the Business and Related Services category.

The nomination is for "Filtered Search," the intelligent Internet filtering technology co-developed and launched by Net Shepherd and Digital Equipment Corporation's AltaVista Search Service.

The Filtered Search technology combines Net Shepherd's competency in characterizing and filtering Internet content with AltaVista's powerful Internet search capability.

The award identifies and honors those whose visionary use of information technology produces positive change and benefit to society. Nominations have been made by the Chairs of many of the World's leading IT companies.

The innovation in intelligent Internet content filtering was ushered in just four short months ago with the debut of family.netshepherd, the world's first Filtered Search site.

Family.netshepherd, which had grown to four million hits/month by December, lets families know that searches conducted on the site will deliver results consistent with the standards and values of family viewers. The success of family.netshepherd will bring the proliferation of many other Filtered Search sites in 1998.

Net Shepherd's case study on Filtered Search will be reviewed by a panel of distinguished judges with the winner announced the 8th of June. A summary of 1998 nominees and their submissions will be posted on the Smithsonian's Innovation Network.