It's Time to Celebrate
Presenting our annual awards following the North American Financial Information Summit in New York, comedian Pete Dominick joked that the stage we had picked reminded him of a sushi restaurant and that the industry had its own line-up of movie star look-alikes. The evening's entertainment was hilarious, but for the attendees, the awards are no laughing matter.
The Inside Reference Data and Inside Market Data Awards celebrate the innovators and the achievers of the data industry. The first group of awards includes the vendor categories for best provider in specific areas of market and reference data, the results of which were determined by an online poll. The second group of awards is a series of call-for-entry categories that were decided by a judging panel of industry experts and the editors. We congratulate the winners and finalists, who are listed in this report.
On the awards night, we also presented the 26th entrant to the Inside Market Data Hall of Fame. Last year, to celebrate IMD's 25 anniversary, we set up the Hall of Fame with 25 inaugural inductees-one for every year we've been publishing. When we sent out the questionnaire for this year's awards, we invited participants to nominate their market data hero. One name stood out: John Bottega, chief data officer of the New York Federal Reserve, was named this year's Hall of Fame inductee, praised for having played a key role in helping reference data gain the recognition it deserved when it was still considered an afterthought to the market data budget.
We would also like to thank our generous awards dinner guests. At the dinner, we raised more than $2,000 for the Incisive Media Foundation, a new charitable initiative launched at the end of 2010 by Incisive Media, the publisher of IMD and IRD. The funds received on the night will go directly to help the beneficiaries of the Foundation's two chosen children charities: Kids Company and EdUKaid.
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