Brown University Taubmann Center announced their 2004 e-government winners. The top five are:
- New York
Tom mentions this in his GovTech Blog. Tom, the reason why Utah is not mentioned in the Center for Digital Government Best of the Web list is that Utah won last year and were not eligible for this year's competition. We'll do our best for 2005. Brown looked at 1,569 sites in their state survey which amounts to over 30 sites per state so it's a fairly broad survey. I am also much more impressed this year with the depth of the survey. On glaring problem they pointed out for Utah is the lack of titles on web pages (they identified 413). Other states had problems with other types of metadata, including keywords and alt tags. The key to this survey is getting the entire state to pay attention to detail in web design. There is some great data here that we will address in our next eGovernment product management council meeting on October 6th.
Utah ranked very high for the percent of sites with online services, behind only Illinois. Illinois surprises me as does the fact that Virginia and Washington, who I tend to view as two of the top five digital states dropped to 23rd and 24th in this fairly comprehensive survey.
Here's the complete survey