Commonwealth Technology News
Gov. Fletcher addresses students, faculty and visitors of Whitesburg Middle School to present a NCLO check for $300,000. Read more.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The Commonwealth Office of Technology has a special Web page that provides additional information and resources pertaining to this promotion. Click to see COT's cyber security page.
Kentucky Selected 5th in Best of the Web Competition For 2007
Kentucky's official Web portal, kentucky.gov, was recently selected as the fifth best in the nation by a panel of national judges.
Gov. Fletcher Takes Action to Advance e-Health in Kentucky
On Sept. 18, 2007, Gov. Ernie Fletcher announced key developments in e-Health that will dramatically speed the creation of a statewide electronic health care data network.
Implementation of New Comprehensive Tax System Begins
The Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) has taken a major step toward replacing many of its legacy tax collection applications with a comprehensive new system.
Governor Announces 2007 Homeland Security Grant Awards
Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s support of emergency responders is reflected in the 2007 homeland security funding awards for local agencies, which were announced on Sept. 18, 2007.
Gov. Fletcher Delivers $300,000 in Funding for ‘No Child Left Offline’ Initiative
On Sept. 12, 2007, Gov. Ernie Fletcher presented $300,000 in Appalachian Regional Commission funding for No Child Left Offline, the initiative to provide refurbished computers and supplies to underprivileged children and their families.
Dirty Data Is No Longer a Little Secret
Kentucky is making a large-scale effort to make state government's information more reliable and easier to share between agencies. (This article was originally published by Federal Computer Week.)
Gov. Fletcher Announces Additional e-Prescribing Grant Applications Sought
On Sept. 28, 2007, Gov. Ernie Fletcher announced that the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Kentucky e-Health Network Board will accept applications for a new round of e-Prescribing grants.
New Technology to Enhance Communication Preparedness for Public Health
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) recently enhanced the state’s alternative communications capabilities between local public health agencies and hospitals with the addition of datacasting and compressed video teleconferencing systems.
New Web Site Combines Education, Employment, Economic Development Information
For the first time, Internet users can search Kentucky’s education, employment and economic development information and resources from one easy-to-use site.
Kentucky to Increase Access to Online Learning Tools
Kentucky has been selected to partner with the Florida Distance Learning Consortium (FDLC) to create a P-16 statewide repository for online learning resources.
Annual Geographic Names Conference Held in Kentucky
The Commonwealth Office of Technology’s Division of Geographic Information and the Kentucky Geographic Names Committee (KGNC) co-hosted the Council of Geographic Names Authority’s 2007 (COGNA07) conference Oct. 2-6, 2007 in Lexington.
Kentucky Selects Key Part of Statewide Collaborative Incident Management Solution
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has selected the IRMS Warehouse Management System (IRMS) for its inventory and patient tracking system.
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Why It Will Be Hard to Close the Broadband Divide
The Pew Internet and American Life Project recently released a report exploring some of the reasons that the U.S. seems to be falling behind the rest of the world in the adoption of broadband services. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which tracks broadband adoption around the world, the U.S. ranked 15th in 2006, down from fourth in 2001.
Despite its middle-of-the-pack ranking, a lot has been accomplished in the U.S. in a relatively short time. According to another Pew Internet Project survey in February 2007, 47 percent of American adults have broadband at home, nearly double the 24 percent penetration level of three years earlier. With home broadband penetration poised to surpass 50 percent this year, it will have taken nine years from the time the service became widely available for home broadband to reach half the population. To put this in context, it took 10 years for the compact disc player to reach 50 percent of consumers, 15 years for cell phones and 18 years for color TV. Each of those technologies, like broadband, represented an upgrade from something with which most consumers had experience.
To read more about what can be done to improve U.S. broadband adoption, the latest Pew report may be found here.
||Techlines Trivia Question of the Month
Question: What is the name of Kentucky's initiative designed to make it easier for state agencies to share data?
Answer: Kentucky Enterprise Data Architecture (KEDA) is designed to make state agencies' data more consistent, more reliable and easier to share. KEDA is also expected to benefit state agencies by reducing the cost of deploying new applications, thus making more money available for information technology projects. Learn more about the Commonwealth Office of Technology's KEDA initiative here.
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