September 12, 2008
RI.Gov Ranked Among the Nation’s Top Five Official State Web Sites
For the second consecutive year, the official Web site of the state of Rhode Island (http://www.RI.gov) has been named one of the best state government Web sites in the nation. RI.gov was ranked fifth in the Center for Digital Government's 2008 Best of the Web national competition for government Web site excellence. Last year, RI.gov was also ranked among the top 10 state Web sites in the country.
"The Division of Information Technology is proud to have RI.gov rank among the five best state government Web sites in the country," said John Landers, State of Rhode Island Chief Information Officer. "This is yet another indication of how serious Rhode Island is about using the Internet to improve government efficiency."
The 2008 Best of the Web competition recognizes the most innovative and user-friendly state Web portals and was conducted by the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. Sites are judged on delivery of public services, efficiency, economy, and functionality for improved citizen access. Representatives from the Center for Digital Government and officials from the 2007 Best of the Web-winning state and local governments served as judges for this year's competition.
"This year's winners represent the very best in state Web sites and the Center applauds Rhode Island for its diligence and hard work," said Cathilea Robinett, Executive Director of the Center for Digital Government. "Each year, state and local governments continue to make strides towards implementing better access and more efficient Web delivery of public services."
To develop and manage RI.gov, the Rhode Island Division of Information Technology partners with Rhode Island Interactive, a Providence-based subsidiary of eGovernment firm NIC (NASDAQ:EGOV). The state's portal is supported through a self-funded model, which provides the official state Web site and more than 100 online services at no upfront cost to taxpayers.
In addition to an updated look and feel, RI.gov continues to enable citizens to interact with their government through the latest social networking technologies. Recent enhancements include creating a RI.gov Flickr photo group, syndicating state press releases through Twitter, and using tools like Facebook and YouTube to share state news and information.
"Given the current fiscal environment, the added efficiencies and many interactive services offered by RI.gov have become increasingly important," continued Landers. "We intend to continue to build on these efforts."
The RI.gov Web site offers more than 100 online services to citizens and businesses, including vehicle registration renewals, vanity plate purchase, business license renewals, boat registration renewals, fishing licenses, and over 55 business tax types payable online. RI.gov offers more than 1,160 links to 520 different Web sites and over 600 online pages of state government information and services.
RI.gov is Rhode Island's home page and official Web site (http://www.RI.gov), a collaborative effort between the state of Rhode Island and Rhode Island Interactive. The RI.gov site and the state's online services are developed and maintained by Rhode Island Interactive, a Providence-based wholly owned subsidiary of the eGovernment firm NIC (Nasdaq:EGOV).
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 70 million people in the United States. Additional information is available at http://www.nicusa.com.