Lifestyle Information Network (LIN) wins Ontario Showcase Merit Award

Toronto, September 20, 2005: The Lifestyle Information Network (LIN) today won an Ontario Showcase Merit Award in recognition of its outstanding accomplishments. The Showcase Ontario Voluntary Sector IT Awards recognize the best and brightest voluntary sector technology projects from all parts of Ontario. In particular, the Award highlights information technology initiatives that enhance the effectiveness and impact of voluntary organizations.

Now celebrating its tenth year, LIN has led its sector into the Internet era and demonstrated the true value of online information sharing. LIN's web site ( enables sport, recreation and active living professionals, volunteers and organizations to access and share their resources and expertise. In the past year, some 21,000 unique visitors have used the LIN site, many of them on a weekly basis. Although the majority of LIN's users are in Canada, practitioners from every continent except Antarctica are using the site on a regular basis. Every day, through a variety of web sites and listservs, LIN's information and technology touches more than 4,500 people connected with the recreation, sport, health promotion and active living sectors.

The National Recreation Database (NRDB), a unique resource housed on the LIN web site, contains more than 8,000 unpublished, practical resources, which would be otherwise unavailable; conference proceedings, email/ listserv archives, and grey literature.

LIN has created a set of tools to capture, share and disseminate knowledge in the recreation, health promotion and active living sectors. Each of these tools was developed for LIN and has been deployed to LIN's many partners:

Showcase Ontario is the largest public sector information technology education event in Canada. It draws participants from across the country, and in fact, from across the globe to learn how to serve citizens better through the use of information technology.

Photo by Ben (W.B.) Li

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