States partner with Google

Four states ' Arizona, California, Utah and Virginia ' are putting their information where the Web traffic is, partnering with Google to make it easier to search their Web sites.

Officials from Google and those states agree that people increasingly turn to search engines such as Google and Yahoo to find government information. And a lot of information on state Web sites has been hard to find that way.

As a result, the states' technology managers have increased the amount of state information accessible through a Google search.

For example, job seekers can now search for employment in Utah and find jobs posted by the state's Workforce Services Department. The Library of Virginia, the state's archive, will let searchers mine the archives more deeply. California agencies are opening their databases to search engine users. And a search for real estate professionals in Arizona will offer a direct link to records in the Department of Real Estate's database of licensed agents.

'Our partnership with Google will empower Californians to know more about our government and provide better access to services and helpful information,' California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a statement.

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine called transparent digital government 'a top priority in Virginia. Our goal is to provide easy, quick and intuitive citizen access to every government resource. Google is helping us to achieve it.'

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Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.


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