Chairman Patrick McGovern Receives James Smithsonian Bicentennial Medal
WASHINGTON, June 10 — Patrick McGovern, founder and chairman of the International Data Group (IDG), the leading information technology media, research and exposition company, today was honored by the Smithsonian Institution for his outstanding contributions over nearly a decade in enriching Smithsonian collections and programs on information technology (IT).
The James Smithsonian Bicentennial Medal was presented in a morning ceremony outside the Smithsonian castle building on the Mall.
McGovern was honored for his role in establishing and supporting the annual Computerworld Smithsonian Awards Program, the leading international program for recognizing achievements in IT. As stated in the award citation, the Computerworld Smithsonian Awards Program has "enriched Smithsonian collections in the history of information technology and has supported extensive research, exhibition, and public programs in the field." McGovern, who has been a regular presenter in the awards program since its inception, received the surprise award at the conclusion of the two-day ceremony.
In addition to bringing important documentary records and artifacts to the Smithsonian, the Computerworld Smithsonian Awards Program has raised more than $1 million to support exhibits, staffing, seminars, and related programs. "Pat has made a significant contribution to the Smithsonian by helping us develop a program that keeps track of ongoing innovations in IT for our national collection," said David Allison, chairman of the division of Information Technology and Society for the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. "To have someone of Pat's stature so personally involved in helping us document the IT revolution is very unusual. We are very grateful for his unflagging support."
History of Awards Program
In 1989, believing that too little attention was being paid to the societal transformations taking place through IT, McGovern and his associates conceived of a program to recognize important technological applications and the people behind them. The Smithsonian Institution joined forces with Computerworld, the IDG flagship publication, to create the annual Computerworld Smithsonian Awards Program. Since that time, the Computerworld Smithsonian Awards Program has matured into the leading international program for recognizing and documenting outstanding achievements in IT. Hundreds of leaders in the IT field have been recognized for their contributions, and some 2,000 case studies have been archived in the national collection of IT innovations and applications. Each year the program honors significant IT innovators in 10 categories, including medicine, business and finance, government and non-profit, and arts, media and entertainment, among others. Special honors are also bestowed for lifetime achievement, innovation, global integration, education, and
Headquartered in Boston, IDG informs more people worldwide about IT than any other company in the world. With annual revenues of $1.7 billion, IDG is the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences, and expositions. IDG publishes more than 275 computer newspapers and magazines and 450 book titles in 75 countries, led by the Computerworld, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, PC World and …For Dummies global product lines. IDG also produces 90 computer-related expositions in 35 countries, and research arm International Data Corporation provides computer industry research and analysis through 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information and access to any of IDG's more than 140 World Wide Web sites is available at http://www.idg.com.