Laurie Katz, Director of Publicity

Issues & Controversies Selected as an SIIA CODiE Awards Finalist

New York, NY, April 1, 2015—Infobase is pleased to announce that its newly relaunched Issues & Controversies database was named a finalist in the 2015 SIIA CODiE Awards competition, in the "Best Source for Reference or Education Resources" category.

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, announced 157 finalists across 28 Education categories. These finalists represent applications, products, and services from developers of educational software, digital content, online learning services, and related technologies across the K–20 sectors. All winners will be announced during a special awards dinner at the nation's leading education technology conference, the Education Industry Summit, in San Francisco in May.

Issues & Controversies, also a winner of The ComputED Gazette's Education Software Review Award (EDDIES), has long been known for providing the essential information users need to analyze an issue, write a research paper, and prepare for a debate. It explores both sides of hundreds of today's hot topics through in-depth articles; thought-provoking, Oxford-style debate videos; original overview videos; interactive polls; printable handouts; discussion questions; current news articles; and more.

"This year's finalists are breaking ground with new business models and innovative products. We are pleased to recognize the best in educational technology with these 157 products," said Karen Billings, vice president and managing director of the Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA. "I look forward to honoring them all in May at the Education Industry Summit."

The SIIA CODiE Awards are the industry's only peer-reviewed awards program. The first round review of all nominees is conducted by educators and administrators. The judges are responsible for selecting the CODiE Awards finalists, and SIIA members then vote on the finalist products. The scores from both rounds are tabulated to select the winners.

About Infobase:
Infobase is an educational solutions company providing award-winning digital reference content to the school and library community. Under such well-known brands as Facts On File, The World Almanac®, Learn360, and Films Media Group, Infobase provides students, educators, and librarians with a broad range of products that both enhance and enrich the learning experience. For more than 70 years, Infobase has been a reliable, authoritative resource for supporting the middle school, high school, and academic curriculum, providing flexible options for accessing educational content whether in school, at the library, or at home.