Commonwealth Technology News
David Ziloski, director of the National Geodetic Survey, addresses attendees during his keynote speech at the 2007 Kentucky GIS Conference.
Kentucky's 2007 GIS Conference a Success
Last month, approximately 375 people attended the 2007 Kentucky GIS Conference at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Louisville.
Gov. Fletcher Announces Rail Security Partnership with CSX Transportation
Gov. Ernie Fletcher recently announced an historic rail security partnership between the Kentucky Intelligence Fusion Center and CSX Transportation (CSXT).
Gov. Fletcher Launches National Preparedness Month Effort in Kentucky
On Sep. 3, 2007, Governor Ernie Fletcher kicked off the National Preparedness Month efforts in the commonwealth.
ConnectKentucky's Success Prompts Formation of a National Organization and Addition of New Staff
ConnectKentucky has formed a national umbrella organization called Connected Nation and is adding senior level staff.
Broadband Access Expanding in Kentucky, Lawmakers Hear
Kentucky has made substantial improvement in the last three years to help its citizens obtain high-speed access to the Internet, a legislative panel recently heard.
Six Web Cams Show Lake Cumberland Has Plenty of Water
Six Web cams now show anyone with Internet access that Lake Cumberland is full of water. Some Web cams are real time and offer multiple views.
NASCIO Releases Assessment of State Enterprise Data Center Consolidation Initiatives
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) recently announced the release of its publication, NASCIO’s Survey on Enterprise Data Center Consolidation in the States: Strategies and Business Justification.
OFI Will Be Among First to Join Nationwide Mortgage Database
The Kentucky Office of Financial Institutions (OFI) recently announced it is one of a handful of state regulatory agencies to join in the new Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS).
Pennyrile Forest Third Annual Geocaching Weekend Sept. 28-30
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park will be hosting its third Annual Geocaching Weekend Sept. 28-30.
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Online Video Usage Studied in New Report
The Pew Internet & American Life Project's first major report on online video shows how users who view videos on the Internet have contributed to the viral and social nature of online video. More than half, 57 percent, of those who view online video share links to the video they find with others, and three in four, 75 percent, say they receive links to watch video that others have sent to them.
The growing adoption of broadband combined with a dramatic push by content providers to promote online video has helped to pave the way for mainstream audiences to embrace online video viewing. Fifty-seven percent of adults online have used the Internet to watch or download video, and 19 percent do so on a typical day. Three-quarters of broadband users, 74 percent, who enjoy high-speed connections at both home and work watch or download video online.
Young adults, those ages 18-29, are among the most voracious video viewers. Three out of four young adult Internet users, 76 percent, report online consumption of video, compared to 57 percent of online adults ages 30-49. Less than half, 46 percent, of Internet users ages 50-64 download video and just 39 percent of those age 65 and older do so.
||Techlines Trivia Question of the Month
Question: In April 2007, state agencies' submitted their planned capital IT projects for the 2008-2010 biennium. How many projects were included and what was their dollar value?
Answer: The Commonwealth Office of Technology and selected agency information technology officers recently reviewed the state's planned capital IT projects. For the upcoming 2008-2010 biennium which begins in July 2008, state agencies submitted 72 capital IT projects with a projected cost of $553.6 million. The projects will be considered by the 2008 General Assembly as it works to pass Kentucky's official budget for the 2008-2010 biennium.
COT Commissioner Mark Rutledge's presentation to the legislature's Capital Planning Advisory Board may be viewed here.
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