The efforts that resulted in the new portal really began in 2007 when we put together our new state egovernment plan. That plan was intended to take us through this summer and we have used it regularly as a mechanism for progress. We have now achieved much of what was outlined in that plan and have a lengthy draft of the 2009-2011 egov plan ready to complete.
In developing our plans, we have sought to learn from the best minds in the business. I can't mention them all, but I will mention a few.
- Tim O'Reilly - like the hundreds of thousands of people who follow Tim on Twitter, we track his vision for the web and for society. We have tried to integrate some of that vision into what we are doing with Utah.gov.
- Dion Hinchcliffe - Dion understands architecture and does a better job visualizing it than about anyone I can think of. Architecture is an important part of what we are doing in the state right now and our technical architecture wiki is beginning to reflect that.
- Paul Taylor - Paul has a tremendous vision for digital government. His contributions to the field, along with Cathilea Robinett and the Center for Digital Government have provided an incredible forum for sharing ideas on egovernment
- Steve Fletcher - as CIO of the State of Utah, he has provided an environment where we are able to implement new ideas in productive ways.
- David Stephenson - one of the more strategic thinkers about how web 2.0 can be used to improve government, particularly in the homeland security space.
Tools of the Trade
A big part of our planning has been focused around developing more and better collaboration between agencies, citizens, and the global community. We have tried to use tools that support that paradigm, including:
- Google - Our relationship with Google has been great. The partnership that was implemented in 2006 and the use of their CSE has been phenomenal. We have also used Google Docs for sharing ideas and managing projects associated with the latest release.
- Twitter - this tool gives us access to interaction with and real time response from the global community. Our new Utah.gov site features over 100 state and local government Twitter feeds that provide daily interaction with Utah citizens and other interested parties from beyond our state borders.
- Slideshare - this is one of the many additional web 2.0 tools that we will continue to leverage now and in the future. We have incorporated them into our enterprise technical architecture standards. I could also mention Wikispaces, Swivel, YouTube, Ning, etc., all of which have helped make us a more collaborative state.
Day One Commentary on Utah.gov
We appreciate those who have commented on our initial release of Utah.gov in traditional media, on blogs, and on Twitter. Here are a few I have gleaned...
- Federal Computer Week