Apologies up front for departing from the normal cartooning topics. For the last several months I’ve been busy working on a major web project that has consumed much of my “blogging time” – especially in the last couple of months. Yesterday we launched several websites (more on that later) and I anticipate returning to a normal blogging schedule. Thank you all for your patience.
For those interested, my day job is working for a company that specializes in providing eGovernment solutions (think registering your car, drivers license, or business license over the web). For the last 11 months we’ve been working on a major rework/redesign of Utah.gov (official website for Utah). When we set out to redo the portal we knew had to push the concept of what a government website could look like and function. We also knew the time was right to begin using some technologies that were commonplace in the private sector that are not used extensively on government sites. This was also the first time we had ever launched a product coinciding with a social media blitz which proved to be effective in spreading the word out and soliciting feedback.
You can see some of the new websites we unveiled yesterday:
- Utah.gov – the website and gateway to Utah’s official portal
- Utah.gov Connections – Access to our newly launched iPhone apps, widgets, official flickr, twitter accounts and multimedia portal
- Data Portal – a growing source of public raw data that citizens can “utilize and merge it in new and innovative ways”
- Mobile version of Utah.gov for smart devices (to view, simply go to utah.gov with your Blackberry, iPhone, etc.)
- In your Area – the first use of GeoIP tagging to push local information relevant to the citizen’s hometown
- Blogs – an aggregate of 27 blogs, over 100 Twitter written by Utah elected officials and agencies
Previously we launched a Transparency website that allows citizens to drill down into each agency’s funding and spending – right down to the dollar. Before that, a Public Meeting Notice site that requires all government entities at all levels, from the biggest to smallest, to post their meetings and agendas so that the public can be notified when a topic or meeting of interest will be held. We’re doing some groundbreaking things here in Utah and I’m proud to be apart of it.
Thanks again for your patience. Blogging resumes in earnest today.