Archive for August, 2011

After the Hurricane, How Did We Do?

Monday, August 29th, 2011

The state web portal ( shifted focus in last few days almost entirely onto preparations for, and response to, Hurricane Irene. We shared information on the web, on FaceBook, and on Twitter in an effort to get as much information as possible to the people of the state.

Now that the storm has passed, we at the Government Information Center start to ask ourselves some questions. What worked? What didn’t? What was most useful to Delawareans?

So we’ve created a short, unscientific survey as part of an effort to learn from our response to Irene and to plan for future. We’ll gather responses for a few days and see what we learn. If it’s anything really interesting, we’ll share it here.

So. Do us a favor and take our survey. Thanks!

Hurricane Safety Information

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Click here for the latest hurricane informationThe Government Information Center (GIC) has been a hive of activity in the few days leading up to what we expect will be a very large hurricane event for Delaware. We’ve been working with the Governor’s Office, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) and other agencies to make sure that Delawareans have access to the latest and most useful information about the storm.

Basic information is available on the portal with detailed information updated at

Among other useful links:

Delaware state offices are now closed for the weekend, though essential personnel and emergency management officials continue their work. GIC staff will monitor the situation and add updates and links as needed to the portal. We’ll also be active on facebook and twitter, using social media to spread as much information and assistance as possible.

Please stay safe this weekend.

Location, Location, Location

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Map and contact information for the Government Information CenterThe GIC has rolled out a new format for office location pages for Department of State web sites and will begin working with other state agencies to offer the same service across the landscape.

The standard Delaware state agency web page design – known as the “common look and feel” – calls for basic contact information and office location information. For years, agencies have taken different approaches to presenting that information. The newly standardized office locations page design includes a map, address and phone number, latitude and longitude, and a QR code to bring information directly to users’ smart phones.

The new location pages are built to draw from a dataset of basic information and can be easily updated without major web-page coding or HTML editing. The Department of State location data, in fact, is now posted as open data – in both XML and GeoRSS formats – on the open data portal.