Wednesday, August 01, 2007 ranks high in ivy league study

Kentucky's Web site has been ranked fourth in the nation in a study by Brown University's Taubman Center for Public Policy.

The state ranked No. 21 last year.

The study evaluated how state governments use Internet-based technology to improve public access to their services.

It said Kentucky's Web site,, was successful "in presenting clear, organized and consistent Web pages that offer citizens a plethora of resources, services, information and multimedia."

The study also said the site's pages are "well constructed and feature easy to navigate menus, most with a specific link to that department's online services, several audio and video clips, easy access links that take (visitors) back to the portal page, links that show them an A-Z Kentucky agency list and centralized privacy policies."

The study analyzed 1,487 state Web sites for the availability of various electronic features, including online publications, databases, audio and video clips, foreign language content and translation services, advertisements, user payments or fees, disability access, privacy and security policies, online services, digital signatures, credit card payments, e-mail addresses, comment forms, automatic e-mail updates, Web site personalization and readability level.

This from Business First.

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