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April 17, 2007

Utah: using free services to provide public service

Filed under: Government — kirk @ 8:54 pm

I’ve spent the past few days reading through the posts of Dave Fletcher’s Government and Technology Weblog.

I’ve had an interest in Utah for quite awhile. It seems they’ve been working for more than a few years on using XML to tie together information on state government. Others have apparently noticed as well. In 2006, the Center for Digital Government ranked them 4th in the top 25 states as technology leaders.

What follows are a few ideas from Utah that provide you with some ideas on how state or city government can use social media or mashups.

[Note: In some cases I link directly to the Utah feature instead of Dave’s blog because I had a little difficulty getting the direct link to the blog entry discussing the feature.]

A good example of using the simple Googlemaps API with state information is Utah’s hot fishing spots.

One interesting post shows how he is working with Tagzania’s site to create a GoogleMap showing state parks in Utah. (I’ll be coming back to Tagzania in a later post dealing with the GeoRSS mapping projects I’m working on).

Dave makes great use of his blog to pull Utah e-government resources together. His blogroll lists others related to e-government in general and in Utah specifically. He even uses Flickr to give you a great slideshow of Utah images.

Spend some time scrolling through Dave’s blog. You’ll be surprised just how many things you can provide to the public by using free services such as Flickr, GoogleMaps, etc.

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