Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, November 5, 2003
1:30 p.m.
Governor's Residence, Lower Level

  1. Chair-Elect Elections.

    Eva Shepherd of the Nebraska Crime Commission was elected to the post of Chair-Elect. Cat Souliere has taken over the role of Chair.

  2. Commercial Database Demonstration — Nebraska Library Commission.

    The Nebraska Library Commission gave a demonstration of the electronic databases accessible to State of Nebraska employees, as well as citizens of the State of Nebraska. A wide variety of information is available, from e-books to journals, from newspapers to reference sources of all types. More specific information on the various databases can be found at the Library Commission website.

  3. Nebraska Web Sites Ranking, Government Webmasters Conference, Nebraska E-Government Conference — Laura Larson.

    Laura spoke about a recent ranking that placed Nebraska state agency web sites 48th out of 50 states. While she noted that different rating systems place importance upon different aspects, the rating deserved note. The rating was done by the Center for Public Policy at Brown University and looked at site consistency, ease of use, being readily known as part of the state, readability and other factors. Such things were also echoed at the Government Webmasters Conference she attended in Kansas. These consistency issues need to be addressed by webmasters if we are to best serve the public.

    Laura also told the group that we had been given an hour and a half "roundtable" session at the upcoming E-Government conference, and our topics would be accessibility, digital signatures and web site consistency.

  4. Miscellaneous.

    Curt Peacock of the Historical Society talked about the Topsites translator service. Through an icon bar on the page, a site can be translated into different languages. He says it's not a perfect translation, but gets the ideas across. We asked him to keep us apprised of how it worked, as well as the actual billing and cost issues.

  5. Adjourn.

Next Meeting

Wednesday, January 14, 2004
2:00 p.m.
Governor's Residence, Lower Level

Please note: this is a week later than usual and a half-hour later as well. This is at the request of the Governor's mansion staff.