Commonwealth Technology News
Steve Dooley, Interim Commissioner of COT, welcomed attendees at this year's Digital Government Summit in Lexington. Read more.
2008 Kentucky Digital Government Summit Held in Lexington
For the eighth straight year, the Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT) partnered with Government Technology magazine and industry sponsors to host the Kentucky Digital Government Summit.
COT Presents Best of Kentucky Awards at Digital Government Summit
The Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT) presented the third annual Best of Kentucky awards at the 2008 Kentucky Digital Summit, April 22, at the Embassy Suites in Lexington.
First Lady Beshear announces greenteam.ky.gov
Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear recently unveiled her plans to make the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion and homes across the commonwealth more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
Commonwealth Office of Technology Issues Summary of IT Procurement Activities
The Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT) recently compiled a summary of IT procurement activities, contracts and purchasing advice to assist state agencies in their efforts to acquire IT products and services.
Education Cabinet Interactive Site Named Best of Kentucky Award Winner
The Web application e3.ky.gov, developed in-house by Education Cabinet staff, received a Best of Kentucky award for 'Best Application Serving the Public' at the Kentucky Digital Government Summit in Lexington.
Kentucky Mine Mapping Awarded 'Best Online Service'
The Kentucky Mine Mapping Information System received the Best of Kentucky technology award in the 'Best Online Services' category at the Kentucky Digital Government Summit.
Government Technology Magazine Honors Prestonsburg Wireless Network
The city of Prestonsburg was recently awarded 'Most Innovative Use of Technology for Local Government' during the 2008 Kentucky Digital Government Summit.
Kentucky Vital Events Tracking System Wins Award
For 'Most Innovative Use of Technology in Government'
The Kentucky Vital Events Tracking System (KVETS) was recognized with the award for 'Most Innovative Use of Technology in Government' at the 2008 Digital Government Summit.
Cabinet for Health and Family Services Wins Award
For 'Best Security Initiative'
A sweeping, two-pronged IT security project in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services received the 'Best Security Initiative' award at Kentucky's 2008 Digital Government Summit.
Personnel Cabinet Receives Best of Kentucky Award
for 'Best Application Serving a Public Organization'
The Personnel Cabinet received a Best of Kentucky award for the 'Best Application Serving a Public Organization' for its Career Opportunities System (COS).
Nominations Open For 2008 NASCIO Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in IT
For the 20th consecutive year, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) will honor information technology achievements in the public sector through its Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement.
Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Combats Online Predators
This guest article by Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer describes progress made by Kentucky's task force to address Internet crimes against children.
Kentucky Arts Council Offers 2008 Kentucky Crafted:
The ‘Virtual’ Market
The Kentucky Arts Council has developed a Web site as a virtual representation of Kentucky Crafted: The Market for 2008.
||National Tech Stories
Writing, Technology and Teens
A new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project explores the relationship between teenagers, writing and technology. The report is relevant to government program managers because it provides insight into how tomorrow's consumers of government services are using technology today.
Teens write a lot, but they do not think of their e-mails, instant and text messages as writing. This disconnect matters because teens believe good writing is an essential skill for success and that more writing instruction at school would help them.
Here are some statistics from the report:
85 percent of teens ages 12-17 engage at least occasionally in some form of electronic personal communication, which includes text messaging, sending e-mail or instant messages, or posting comments on social networking sites;
60 percent of teens do not think of these electronic texts as “writing;”
64 percent of teens say they incorporate some informal styles from their text-based communications into their writing at school;
50 percent of teens say they sometimes use informal writing styles instead of proper capitalization and punctuation in their school assignments;
38 percent say they have used text shortcuts in school work such as “LOL,” which stands for "laugh out loud;" and
25 percent have used emoticons, symbols like smiley faces ☺ in school work.
To read more about teenagers, writing and technology the latest Pew report may be found here.
||Techlines Trivia Question of the Month
Question: At this year's Kentucky Digital Government Summit, two individuals were recognized with Visionary Awards. Who were the recipients of the 2008 Visionary Award for information technology?
Answer: The co-winners of the 2008 Visionary Award were Lorna S. Jones, CIO for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Timothy C. Ferguson, CIO for Northern Kentucky University. Read more.
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