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Delaware Launches a Revamped Public Meeting Calendar

Thursday, May 10, 2012 1:33 PM

The State of Delaware launched a new, modern Public Meetings Calendar that lists public meetings, meetings, hearings and workshops of state agencies. The new calendar system - calendar.delaware.gov - was developed by the Delaware Government Information Center (GIC), in partnership with Delaware Interactive as part of Delaware’s eGovernment initiative. The application supports the Delaware State government’s mandate to drive greater efficiencies and cost savings while retaining and expanding public services and transparency both online and through mobile channels.

“It is important for Delawareans to know when and where public meetings of their government are held,” said Greg Hughes, Director of the Government Information Center. “State government works with and for the citizens. A transparent and effective state government relies on input from the citizens. This system helps enable that partnership.”

The new Public Meeting Calendar replaces a system that has been in place for eight years. The older system was part of a suite of services developed and maintained by the Department of Technology and Information (DTI) using database tools due to be retired from state service in the near future.

The new Public Meeting Calendar features a stream-lined, high usability interface which is consistent with the look and feel of the state’s new delaware.gov web portal. Calendar views, filters, a function to browse current and upcoming meeting entries, and a search function to retrieve specific meetings, including past meetings, allow Delawareans to view meetings by day, week, month or state agency. Each meeting listing features detailed information about the meeting, a meeting change history to alert users to any updates, a map to the meeting location, and the ability to scan a meetings-specific QR code to download meeting information directly to their personal calendars. The system also provides users access to agendas and minutes for public meetings.

Agencies, too, benefit from the newly-designed back-office functionality which allows users to manage the entire meeting notice lifecycle, including authoring and editing meetings; workflow-supported draft minute and meeting approvals; a convenient copy function for authors to rapidly recreate meetings that are very similar in nature (description, location, etc.), saving the author time and effort to recreate the meeting from scratch. Commonly used meeting locations can be pre-defined and are readily available for auto-population through an intelligent search function.

About Delaware Interactive, LLC

Delaware Interactive, LLC, located in Dover, Delaware, is a subsidiary of NIC USA. NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation's leading provider of government websites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company's innovative eGovernment services help reduce costs and increase efficiencies for government agencies, citizens, and businesses across the country. The NIC family of companies provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,000 federal, state, and local agencies across the United States. Additional information is available at http://www.egov.com.

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