Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Architecting Government

On the same day that the Best of the Web and Digital Government Achievement Awards were being handed out in Las Vegas, Europe was recognizing an array of countries for success in
  • Cross-border interoperability;
  • reduction of administrative burdens;
  • inclusive eGovernment, and;
  • transparency and democratic engagement.
Among the European awards was Norway's citizen portal.

In the photo, the State of Utah receives the Best of the Web Award from Center for Digital Government Director, Cathilea Robinett.

Our office was recently invited to participate in NASCIO's technical architecture initiative so you can expect to begin to see more posting on Bob Woolley's blog again, as well as the latest plans on the DTS site. This initiative has the potential to yield a variety of benefits to the State, business and financial, which we will try to identify and prioritize.

I tried out Google's new online presentation tool today and it seems to work great. It has a very simple interface and allows users to collaborate both on the development, but also during the presentation with a built-in chat function. I'll be using the tool to put together a few egov and technical architecture presentations to share with others.

There are a few other Web 2.0 tools that I want to look at that will be coming out shortly, including:
The Utah Geologic Survey has designed a new internal site for tracking earthquakes with alerts and information. In the event of a real emergency, it would become real easy to switch this into a public-facing site to provide the kind of information that the public will need at that time.

Check out WorldMeter, it has an interesting look at real-time information.

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