Aggregating 27 blogs, over 100 Twitter accounts, and more than 120 online videos, the state of Utah–in cahoots with NIC, Inc. and others–renovated every element on their website and, moments ago, launched a new Utah.gov.
Here’s the old layout:
During the course of my interview with Utah chief technology officer Dave Fletcher last winter, he mentioned the state’s e-government initiatives began with a 1993 vision, a 1995 online groundbreaking, and included a 2002 policy to enable employees to blog. Last fall, the state launched a 24×7 chat feature; and not long after, the Governor closed state offices on Friday due to web redundancy.
Suffice to say, Utah and its portalized front page is at the forefront of the digital revolution among the 50 states. The new layout blows the other states out of the water.
From the press release on the new site, Utah CIO Steve Fletcher:
“The new Utah.gov incorporates cutting edge technologies to enhance the user experience and the usability of the site. This site is ground-breaking in the effort to help citizens find information regardless of the level of government.”
Have a look:
From Dave’s blog earlier today on the new layout:
In 2007, we worked hard to create a similar kind of experience. At the end of the year, we had set the goal to achieve over a million unique visitors in a given month in 2008. It happened quickly, and in fact we averaged over a million uniques that year. Our purpose of course is to create a government which is more efficient, as well as responsive to its users. We hope that the new portal will have the same kind of reaction.
With a search database of 4.6 million records, one of the neat aspects is the focus on social networking tools and data visualization maps:
Guess what I’ll be scrutinizing over the coming days–and seeing what other states can do to match?