Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, May 7, 2003
1:30 p.m.
Governor's Residence, Lower Level

  1. Nebrask@ Online Update.

    Rod Armstrong, General Manager of Nebrask@ Online, outlined current projects. Some of these include:
    1. Automating Revenue's NS tax form for electronic submission
    2. Online voting for the new license plate
    3. Upgrading Personnel's online employment application for NIS
    4. Online license renewals for various agencies
    5. Building searchable databases for various agencies (Historical Society and Secretary of State Administrative Code are two examples)
    6. An interactive drivers test for DMV
    7. A tracking system for changes in the Administrative Code
    8. In addition, Rod informed webmasters that the Nebrask@ Online home page will be redesigned to conform to the same format as the portals now in operation. The portals — education, employee, business and citizen — are categorized by topic and contain several upgraded features, such as the dynamic generation of links stored in a database. Also changing is the state search engine and it is expected that the results will be prioritized more effectively and contain a better description of each result. The new search engine is currently in use on the education portal. Rod called the new search engine a "significant improvement." Other items of interest to webmasters include NOL's expanding website development area. NOL can now design and build an agency website for a fee. Examples of recent work include the State Auditor site and the Arts Council. It is suggested you contact NOL if you are interested in obtaining its services in this area. Another expanding area of interest is the payment portal. Again, it is recommended that you visit with NOL regarding payment options over the Internet.
    9. Last, the web stats tracked by NOL are changing. You must have a user ID and password to obtain the information. Contact NOL if you would like to know who has access or wish to have access. At this time, each agency only has access to its own stats. Mary Jo Ryan with the Library Commission stated that she would like to have access to all state agency web stats to compare with her agency. The idea was discussed. At this time, it is suggested you contact the agency directly from which you wish to obtain web stats for comparison purposes. Jeff Pabian with NOL also gave a brief description of the various "hits" a website receives. Page hits are more reliable than total hits, as total hits includes requests for graphic images or include files within an html page. He also relayed that the hits include those users within the agency as well as the general public.

  2. Webmaster Survey.

    Laura relayed that state employees with web duties are increasingly requesting more information about other state employees with similar jobs. State web personnel are also voicing a wish to have web duties classified as its own position within the state personnel system. She showed the group a questionnaire with many of the issues that has been brought up. The questionnaire will be sent to all members of the webmaster listserv. Any state personnel that have web-related duties are encouraged to complete the survey. The results will be analyzed and then forwarded to DAS Personnel for review along with a request for new classifications relating to web duties. Any suggestions for items to include on this survey should be forwarded to Laura.

  3. Miscellaneous.

    Deena Kumke with the Secretary of State's office is looking for input on web authoring software.

  4. Adjourn.

Next Meeting

Wednesday, July 2, 2003
1:30 p.m.
Governor's Residence, Lower Level