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News about the programs and services of the Utah Government Information Locator Service

Published: 2004-09-21T18:22:07-07:00


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Fed Trends in Restricting Information Access


Congress enacts open government legislation in three main areas: (1) laws that provide public access to federal records; (2) laws that allow the government to restrict public access to federal information; and (3) laws that provide for congressional access to federal records. A new 90-page Congressional Report by Rep. Henry A. Waxman provides a comprehensive, though arguably partisan, examination finding the Bush Administration has acted to restrict the amount of government information that is available. Web Standards

2004-09-15T15:49:08-07:00 reports today that wil be unveiled on September 29. This site will help federal agencies put up more uniform content and adhere to laws and best practices for information accessibility.

Wasatch Front Webloggers to Meet


You may remember Gilbert Lee when he was a web designer for He left us to design for Northrop Grumman and now has his own successful firm PlainSimple Design, LLC at Gilbert has just volunteered to organize the Salt Lake City Weblogger Meetup. He encourages SLC bloggers to come out and meet others doing the same. The first meeting is Wednesday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1104 East 2100 South (Cafe), Salt Lake City.

Library of Congress Audio Archives Program


Michael Taft and Marcia Segal from the American Folk Life Center, Library of Congress will be in Utah on October 13, 2004 to discuss the The Save Our Sounds project and related digital issues. This Fall Caucus program will be from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in room 3211 Wilkinson Center on the campus of Brigham Young University and is sponsored by CIMA, the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists. There will be no charge to the event and lunch will be on your own from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.

Federal Info Standards Under Review


A federal interagency committee on government information has drafted "Requirements for Enabling the Identification, Categorization, and Consistent Retrieval of Government Information." This document has insights of value for those in government engaged in making information more accessible through portals and search engines.

New Utah State Archives Location


The Utah State Archives has moved to its newly completed building next to the Rio Grande. Dedication is planned for October in conjunction with Utah Archives Month.

Tough Choice: Apple Expo or Republican Gala


Forgoing watching Arnold at the RNC last night, I tuned in instead to the streaming video keynote from the Apple Expo 2004 in Paris. It was the first public demonstration of the Tiger OS and several other hardware and software products. For something to really rock your world, take a look at the new IMac G5.

Utah 2004 CIO Awards


Gov. Olene Walker recently recognized the state's 2004 Governor's Chief Information Officer Award winners for outstanding accomplishments in e-government initiatives by state agencies, local government agencies and private sector partners.

Nominations Sought for 2004 Governor's Medal


Governor Olene Walker has announced that the Utah State Advisory Council on Science and Technology is accepting nominations for the 2004 annual Governor's Medal for Science and Technology Award. The awards recognize individuals who have made a significant impact and contribution to science and technology in the State of Utah.

eDG Becomes a Community Site


The eDG Website is nearing another milestone. In a past meeting, we polled members to learn what improvements could make The eDG more useful. All present expressed interest in having a more interactive site. The new eDG, available April 21, is a PHP portal-driven site with more interactive features.

OCLC Research Will Harvest DSpace Metadata


Craig Neilson and Ray Matthews recently returned from North Carolina to learn about using DSpace, ePrints, and LOCKSS-Docs for providing permanent public access to state publications. OCLC has announced it is teaming with Google and MIT to harvest DSpace OAI-PMH metadata to turn it into a format which can be indexed and searched by Google. This will enable information about publications stored by governments and universities using this open source institutional archiving system to be readily retrievable.

New Forums Based eDG Site


ITS has recently polled State agency developers for their ideas for a more collaborative eDG site that will better serve...

Free Software for Section 508 Compliance


The General Services Administration is now offering at their Section 508 site their free STEP508 software to help government agencies...

Movable Type Upgrades


Six Apart released Movable Type v. 2.661 this week as a stopgap to help administrators deal with comment flooding spam before they release comment registration in Movable Type 3.0.

Check Accessibility from Your Toolbar


Steve Faulkner recently released a tool for Internet Explorer called the Accessibility Toolbar. It provides one-click access to accessibility validators and has features that go beyond simple accessibility checks.

Learn Printer Friendly CSS Tricks


Gilbert Jorgensen from ITS will demonstrate at this month's eDG meeting how to set up a Web page so that it can be automatically reformatted as a printer friendly page. Several agency pages will be used as part of the demonstration. The eDG meeting provides a venue where State Web Developers can learn about State development standards and new initiatives. This eDG meeting will be Wednesday, Jan 21, 2004, 2 - 4 PM in State Office Building, Rm. B110.

Utah RSS Feeds Featured at eGovLinks


eGovLinks, the e-Government starting point, is featuring two news feeds on its home page and site navigation bar, and both are from Utah State Government!

GILS First Ever Meeting in Dixie


The 6th Annual State GILS Conference will be March 31-April 3 in Raleigh, North Carolina for all interested in "Access to State Government Information."

Site Search for All Agencies, Cities, Counties


It's Christmas. See the cool search tool set that Santa has left under the tree for you and your website!

NARA to Bid Electronic Records Archives


The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has released their Request for Proposal (RFP) for its Electronic Records Archive project. The eight-year performance-based ERA contract could be worth about $122 million.

Nominations Open for Digital Government Awards


For the fifth consecutive year, the Accenture and MIT Digital Government Awards are showcasing technology breakthroughs that deliver public sector...

New Government Open Source Initiative


MIT, Harvard, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts announce the formation of a loose association of interested U.S. state and local governments to promote sharing of software under open source licenses.

Utah to Have Best Networked Cities


Salt Lake City and 17 other Utah cities are planning to construct the largest ultrahigh-speed data network in the country using fiber optic cables. The project to complete a direct fiber optic connection to homes is considered by The New York Times as one of the most ambitious of its type in the world.