November 2008

Next Government Portals to Offer More Mobility, Personalization and Simplicity

Virginia, Texas, California and others consider how to revamp their Web portals.

Afterschool Program Gives Kids Tech Skills and Computers

Florida's Make It-Take It program prepares students for job market.

Desktop Virtualization May Help Agencies Cut Costs and Energy Use

Desktop virtualization could improve end-user experience, reduce IT costs and reduce energy consumption, according to early adopters.


Red Light Camera Deployments Continue Despite Mixed Reactions

"Prior to installing the red light cameras, we ought to examine accident causality and the reason for overrepresentation [in red light running or accidents] and if nothing else works, which is unlikely, then let's talk about the red light cameras."

Police Encourage Citizens to Text Their Crime Tips

Citizens use cell phones to text-message crime tips to cops in Connecticut and Washington, D.C.

Big Picture

New Antarctic Research Station

Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station helps scientists study climate change, seismology and astronomy.

Point of View

Opinion: Be Thankful, 2008 Is Almost Over

But there is still a lot of good news out there.

Geo Info

GIS Eases Scheduling of Sports Practices for Parks Department

GIS maps help Cary, N.C., parks department create sports teams and schedule practices.

Social Services

Voice Recognition Software Helps Florida Caseworkers Work Faster

Florida Department of Children and Families uses voice recognition software to eliminate manual transcribing.

Records Management

Storage Demands Increase Need for Better Management

As storage hardware costs drop, information management challenges grow.

Electronic Government

Technology Management Changes Save Indiana Millions

Indiana technology management changes include consolidating servers, networks, e-mail systems to reduce state budget deficit.

Wireless Parking Information Could Boost Public Transit Use

California uses wireless technology to tell commuters where to find parking in public transit lots.


GovLoop Social Networking Site Connects Public Employees

GovLoop helps government workers share ideas and explore opportunities.

On the Scene

State and Local CIOs Accept Best of the Web Awards

Hollywood ceremony honors excellence in state and local Web portals.


Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper's YouTube Videos Highlight Political Career With Humor

38-volume California Code of Regulations goes online.

Product News

Products from Seiko Instruments USA Inc., Motorola, FoxFury, Logitech

Thermal mobile printer, cell phone, LED flashlight and cordless laser mouse news.

Product Review: 3M's Privacy Filter Keeps Wandering Eyes From Looking at Your Data.

Privacy filter ideal for HIPAA compliance, professionals on the road.