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State's portal gives easy online access to 'walk-in' services

Need to register your snowmobile? If you’re a resident of Maine, you can do that online. What about paying your court fines? You can do that online, too.

In fact, residents can access a range of services online that they used to do in person, including paying fines, renewing driver's licenses, filing physician complaints or buying burning permits.

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Revisions to the state’s website have resulted in better tracking of how economic stimulus funds are being used in Maine. Pie charts, graphs and interactive maps help break up funding by agency, category or county.

Maine officials continue to expand datasets for DataShare, providing access to public data and encouraging public participation and collaboration.

DataShare provides a catalog of public data that includes access to raw data in comma-separated and/or Keyhole Markup Language, a geographic format for location content. Datasets are searchable by category, agency and keywords.

The state’s Media Gallery also gives residents access to official state agency video and audio. For example, a recent video features a Maine DOT plow driver offering advice on winter driving. Another video provides information on how customers who are deaf or hard of hearing can access services. A sign-language interpreter and subtitles help steer visitors through services offered at career centers throughout the state.

About the Author

Rutrell Yasin is is a freelance technology writer for GCN.


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