January 2008

Web-Based Mapping Tools Help Governments Transform GIS into New Services

Online 3-D mapping tools combine with GIS to deliver better location information.

Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen Uses Technology to Transform State Government

Bredesen's IT policy focuses on economic development, education and consolidating state data centers.

Cities Use WiMAX to Create Municipal Wireless Networks

WiMAX gains momentum as replacement for Wi-Fi to provide wireless Internet access.

Big Picture

MIT Project Aggregates Cell Phone Data to Model Urban Dynamics

Real Time Rome also uses speed and location data from buses and taxis to help citizens make better decisions.

Point of View

Government Technology Magazine Enters Its 21st Year

Magazine will tackle job critical issues in 2008.


Child Welfare System Boosts Oversight of New Jersey Foster Care and Adoption

Statewide automated child welfare information system is designed to remedy shortcomings of old technology.

Mapping Software Helps Washington State Find Foster Parents

State Division of Children and Family Services uses off-the-shelf software to show need for foster parents.


On the Scene

GT editors report from the road.

Personal Computing: Social Networks vs. Blogs vs. Discussion Groups

A look at the strengths and weaknesses of the three main Internet-based media.


California Attacks Staff Shortage by Creating Database of Retirees Willing to Work

With baby boomers leaving state employment, Boomerang system lists retirees with valuable skills.

Public Safety

Virginia Dangerous Dog Web Site Warns Citizens of Vicious Pets

State agencies create online registry that provides pictures and locations of dangerous animals.

Green Technology

Waukesha, Wisconsin, Uses Green Technology to Conserve Energy and Cut Costs

Energy-efficient lighting and LED traffic signals could generate $2 million in savings for city.

Electronic Government

Report: Government Should Use YouTube, Second Life and Other Web 2.0 Sites

Web 2.0 improves relationships with citizens by boosting interaction, electronic commerce group says.


Former Michigan CIO Teri Takai Accepts California CIO Position

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says Takai will help rebuild essential state services.

New York CIO Melodie Mayberry-Stewart to Modernize State IT Systems

Mayberry-Stewart says innovation and information sharing are key challenges.

Product News

Product News

New technology from V7, Royal Philips Electronics, Targus, Sprint, HTC Corp.  


Spectrum: Government Technology Reports from the IT Horizon

A snapshot of national and international IT trends that may change your life and career.