South Dakota ranks sixth in digital expertise

South Dakota ranks sixth in digital expertise South Dakota is one of the most digitally advanced states in the nation, according to the Center for Digital Government's 2004 Digital States Survey.

"According to this survey, South Dakota rated sixth among all states in our nation in digital expertise," said Gov. Rounds. "This tells us we are making strides in the right direction to use our resources to better serve our citizens and streamline our operations."

The 2004 Digital States Survey is one of a series of national studies conducted by the Center that examines best practices and IT innovations in government. City and county governments, along with state legislatures, are also surveyed throughout the year. In 1997, South Dakota ranked 49th in the country.

"I am proud to be part of the effort to improve South Dakota's government through the use of technology," said Otto Doll, commissioner of the Bureau of Information & Telecommuni-

cations.

"The way South Dakota has embraced digital technology in the past few years is remarkable," Doll said.

He said BIT's Information Technology (IT) staff has been working hard to help the state progress.

"South Dakota offers a large storehouse of information to citizens, businesses and visitors via the Internet, including most forms and applications and many publications. The advantages include time savings for those who use these resources, cost savings for state government and greater efficiency for everyone," Doll said.

The Center for Digital Government invited all state governors and their chief infor- mation officers to participate in the revised 2004 Digital States Survey. The comprehensive survey includes more than 60 measurements in four broad areas � service delivery, architecture and infrastructure, collaboration, and leadership, The top 10 included: Michigan, Washington, Virginia, Indiana, Arizona, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Arkansas, Colorado and North Carolina (tied for 10th).

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. The center's services, resources and special reports provide public- and private-sector leaders with decision support, research and knowledge to help them effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century.

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