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New Web 2.0 Enhancements to Http://Www.SC.Gov Makes South Carolina Web Site Easier to Use for More People

July 24, 2008

http://www.SC.gov, the official state Web site for South Carolina, now offers enhancements for new and current users. SC.gov is leveraging key Web 2.0 services in order to improve the site’s functionality and promote information sharing and collaboration among users in web-based communities.

“By updating the state’s site with Web 2.0 features, South Carolina citizens are informed of and have access to services in a way that is convenient and usable for them. At the same time, these features allow them to share information with others in an online community,” said Barbara Teusink, Deputy Chief Information Officer of the State Budget and Control Board. “South Carolina government is dedicated to promoting information and applications to all users and we are excited about the ability to reach new demographic groups through these features and improve the ease of use for all users.”

http://www.SC.gov added Myspace, Facebook, and Twitter accounts to engage more of the state’s citizens using social-networking sites. These additions reach a new generation of users in a medium that is familiar to them.

A new Help Section was also created that lets users view video and listen to audio clips of frequently asked questions. All video and audio clips are enhanced for users with disabilities, which makes viewing and listening accessible to all citizens and ensures users are getting the information they need.

In addition to adding online communities and updating the Help Section, http://www.SC.gov created easy-to-use Google maps for directions to the state’s cabinet agencies, and provided links to Virtual Earth that show an aerial view of the state buildings. These features offer end users additional resources to find state agencies in South Carolina.

The recent updates to http://www.SC.gov can be accessed at:

http://www.sc.gov/

http://www.sc.gov/HelpCenter/

http://sc.gov/AgencyMaps/

About SC.gov

SC.gov is the official Web site of the State of South Carolina (http://www.SC.gov) and a collaborative effort between the State and South Carolina Interactive to Web-enable the State’s information services. SC.gov was built and is managed by South Carolina Interactive, a Columbia-based subsidiary of eGovernment firm NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV) and private sector partner which manages the state’s official Web site under contract with the Budget and Control Board’s Division of the Chief Information Officer.

About NIC

NIC manages more eGovernment services than any provider in the world. The company helps government communicate more effectively with citizens and businesses by putting essential services online. NIC provides eGovernment solutions for 2,900 state and local agencies that serve more than 69 million people in the United States. Additional information is available at http://www.nicusa.com.




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