David Fletcher's Government and Technology Weblog : news & perspectives from a long-time egov advocate
Updated: 3/2/2005; 8:10:25 AM.



Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Don't miss this latest white paper on the semantic web.  Here's what we're talking about and why it's important:

"Widespread information interoperability is one of the benefits that many researchers, thought-leaders, and practitioners see for semantic technologies. But by no means is it the only benefit. Building on top of this notion of richer, more accessible and autonomic information, far greater capabilities such as intelligent search, intelligent reasoning, and truly adaptive computing are seen as coming ever closer to reaching reality."

Others see it as the end of the fourth estate.  Be sure not to miss this!

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HB 109 passed out of the House yesterday afternoon.  It will now go to the Senate and will probably go straight to the floor being so late in the session.  You can actually listen to the floor debate here by selecting February 21st and HB109 from the selection menus.  That will give you an idea of what Rep. Clark is trying to accomplish with the IT consolidation.   With this in the works, I have created a del.icio.us tag for IT consolidation:

John Valentine spoke about the benefits of SB 192 (the High Technology Economic Development Initiative) at the UITA breakfast.  Greg Curtis spoke about the restructuring of IT in state government.

This interesting article on how the Curam framework was integrated into Utah's new EREP system was published in Washington Technology yesterday.

Governor Leavitt discusses interoperability today at the AFCEA conference.  His speech was very similar to the one he gave on Aug. 25, 2003 in Park City on igov.

According to UITA, HB 109 will accomplish the following objectives:

  • Increase IT efficiencies throughout state government
  • Provide greater benefit and service to state agencies
  • Potentially save millions of taxpayer dollars
  • Increase security
  • Eliminate redundancy
  • Create a new Department of Technology Services to replace what has previously been a division within the Department of Administrative Services
  • Authorize Governor Huntsman to carry out a transition of personnel, funding and assets to this new department over a period of 18 months

Personally, as the acting director of the Division of Information Technology, I am tasked by the bill with helping to make the transition successful.

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