Jessica Hughes is a regular contributor to Government Technology and Emergency Management magazines.
The Mobile PA Challenge is a state program that spans a semester, giving students recognition and professional development for creating a needed app or website — and serves as a recruiting tool for the commonwealth.
With online course enrollments on the rise, a University of California at Davis study assesses the learning outcomes of students in traditional versus online education environments at the community college level.
The Bay Area city's Apps Challenge Playbook shares information on planning, marketing and media, and includes a timeline, sample budget and templates cities can use to jumpstart their own apps challenges.
Though some states are developing state-level data systems to link K-12 and higher education data, a report has found that California partnerships have no structure in place to track students across educational systems.
A survey found municipal and county governments rely heavily on websites, social media and mobile services to connect with citizens, but struggled to make them effective.
Roseville, Calif., has invested in time-saving mobile technology that links paramedics in the field with cardiologists.
The Mapping and Information Partnership also is working to focus the state's GIS solutions in important areas such as air quality, transportation, and water supply and resources, to name a few.
In the future, the tracker will use predictive analytics to give residents waiting for a plow an estimate of when one will arrive.
According to a new report, the risk condition most predictive of adverse birth outcomes was the number of prenatal visits -- nearly 65 percent of infant deaths were to mothers with 10 or fewer visits.
Part of a $1.35 million grant will be used by the city's Housing Innovation Lab to increase Boston's housing stock by 53,000 units.
Thanks to digitized search warrants accessible via iPad and smart phone, law enforcement can create a warrant -- and have a judge's signature -- in 30 minutes.
The theory is that if these three things are connected and "bump together" in intelligent ways, some really interesting work can be done within government.
Northwest Missouri State University’s emergency plans now travel with students, faculty and staff.
After a series of embarrassing finance hearings where agencies complained about the city's billing model, Jacksonville's CIO has opted for transparency.
The system's special school radios include an orange emergency button that, when pressed, connects schools with a local dispatcher. The dispatcher hears what's happening and pages law enforcement and other first responders, who are immediately deployed to the scene.
The Urban Attitudes Lab is looking at ways to access "big data" on social networking sites to understand attitudes and opinions for civic purposes.
A directive from Gov. Brian Sandoval allowed the state's IT department to gain control of an escalating problem with information security, which led to a reduction in security incidents -- from 155 to 30 per month.
The city of Grand Forks has found that its leaf collection map is the most popular feature on its new website.
A multi-year effort to build a statewide network has resulted in a service that has not only lowered internet costs, but has increased bandwidth, improving the ability for schools to share educational courses across the state.
The powerful tool replaces legacy technology and lets police officers automatically compare a suspect's digital facial image against more than 20 million images, but it has accuracy limits and has raised concerns among privacy groups.
The state's aggregated investigative reporting service allows secure and real-time access to fraud tip-off information provided by 23 law enforcement, state and federal agencies.
As the city deals with long-term drought, an app is helping to monitor and document water use violations.
The county has received national recognition for its innovative open data initiatives that have benefited the community while reducing costs.
The hub is connected to and builds on the data-rich Indiana Transparency Portal by increasing the accessibility and usability of key information.
The ability to coordinate land, roadway, transit, wastewater and other projects gives the city a better sense of what's happening with projects on the street.
The organization's mission is to move civic hacking's focus toward building solutions and providing ongoing support so those solutions -- primarily in disaster response and recovery -- can succeed in the public sector.
Registries of residents who have medical needs offer potentially lifesaving data to officials during an emergency, while aiding everyday planning activities.
The cloud multiplier effect means data breaches in the cloud are increasing -- and becoming more costly. With so many states and localities opting to host their data there, what happens when breaches occur?
Within the changing tech environment, companies must reconstruct themselves on an ongoing basis, and Microsoft is no different.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has identified 65 forensic science challenges in the cloud, and is working to build a roadmap to overcoming them.
The California Department of Justice’s mobile application platform sends vital information to officers’ smartphones.
The High Use Notification system taps into the city's existing twice-daily Wi-Fi meter updates, saving citizens the shock and expense of a leak running all month by warning them early via email.
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission expects to save up to 25 percent on labor, hardware and maintenance expenses by moving its workforce management system into the cloud.
Information about people in the criminal justice system is viewed in a simplified Web-based interface from searches that simultaneously integrate state data sources, county law enforcement and probation information, and regional information-sharing systems.
The audit that revealed the error signified a need for all levels of government -- and individuals -- to focus on how they throw away their hard drives.
This year's Consortium for School Networking survey found improvements, but schools continue to face ongoing challenges in technology budgets, a priority to establish digital environments and the need for succession planning.
The process now takes inspectors on average 30 seconds versus 5 minutes.
The governor's new Management and Performance Hub will automate agencies' key performance indicators to ultimately improve outcomes on individual targets, such as infant mortality.
New visually-oriented software helps the Sacramento Municipal Utility District keep the power grid operating at peak efficiency.
New York state is now equipped to electronically track patients and residents at hospitals and nursing homes in the event of an evacuation.
A cloud-based financial system set to launch next month is expected to cut the county's reporting costs by 75 percent.
Virginia Beach, Va., is using a hybrid GIS application to improve workflow in the city.
The Long Beach Fire Department's new technology helps the Public Safety Dive Team conduct quicker rescues during the 20-minute sensitive period where victims still have a chance of survival.
Office of Information Technology interns are participating in experiential and project-based learning centered around science, technology, engineering, arts and math.
the Virginia Interoperability Picture for Emergency Response encourages responders to assess the wider situation and its link to people, places and the environment.
From cross-department data sharing to software analytics to services integration, state and local agencies are making connections and using IT to improve the delivery of vital citizen services.
Oregon reduces duplication in retirement database with address verification software.
American Indian tribe used flood as cause to educate its people, develop emergency plan.
Office of volunteer management will coordinate thousands of volunteer responders during disasters.
South Bend fights wastewater overflows with a wireless network that senses and controls the sewer environment.