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Health standards. Maine's Bureau of Health plans to award a contract to implement the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's public health information network standards across its 33 databases by late summer. The Health Bureau recently hired GovConnect Inc. of Cincinnati to assist with the evaluation of the vendor and management of the contract.

The project will help align Maine's databases with other state public health information systems so they can exchange data and communicate more easily. Maine's initiative is a part of a larger CDC project to better integrate public health databases. The federal agency hopes the implementation of the standards will let states perform computer-assisted analysis, collaborate on solutions to public health problems more easily and disseminate information more quickly.

GovConnect will help select a vendor to implement the standards and then monitor the quality of the vendor's work during the 30-month contract period.

Bluegrass tech leader. Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher has appointed Mike Inman as the state's commissioner of technology.

Inman will fill the role left vacant by Aldona Valicenti, Kentucky's first CIO, who resigned in November. Although Inman's title is different from Valicenti's, he will oversee the state's IT with a strong emphasis on enterprise initiatives, said Jason Keller, a spokesman for the governor's office.

Inman will lead the Governor's Office for Technology and direct the state's technology services.
Inman is a Harrodsburg, Ky., native and a retired Army officer. Recently he worked for the federal division of Computer Associates International Inc.

Courting online users. Nebraska has put information on civil and criminal cases for all but one of its 186 county and district courts online at www.nol.org/justice.html.
The system provides users who pay a subscription or per-page fee access to more than 4 million court cases. The system was developed through a collaboration of the office of the State Court Administrator and the Nebraska Supreme Court.

'The new system allows quick and easy access to court records statewide, which is a significant step forward for Nebraska's courts,' said state court administrator Frank Goodroe.

The system restricts access to some information, such as adoption case records, names and addresses of victims and witnesses in criminal cases, and sealed juvenile record information. Users who conduct searches by case number or want to access detailed case information must subscribe for the service.

Nebraska Interactive, a unit of NIC Inc. of Olathe, Kan., manages the site.

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