Data-sharing is crucial to state pandemic response, officials say
Data-sharing infrastructure largely developed before the pandemic enabled states to act quickly in improving digital services last year, technology officials said.
Simplify citizen services with centralized cloud infrastructure
Maryland’s secretary of IT, Michael Leahy shares how the pandemic ramped up the state’s plans to simplify services on a secure, one-stop platform.
Maryland universities to track transit patterns of Baltimore residents
A group of university researchers and state authorities will monitor the movements of 1,000 Baltimore residents with the goal of improving transit "through an equity lens."
How Maryland used GIS to build its COVID-19 response website
Julia Fischer, Maryland’s geographic information officer, said many agencies didn't know how powerful GIS could be when the state began building its informational portal in March.
Apple, Google: Contact tracing to become standard smartphone feature
Nevada, Maryland, Virginia and D.C. will be the first to use a version of the tech giants' jointly developed API that does not require the installation of an app.
Maryland’s secret weapon for better IT: basic communication
The state’s top technology official says basic verbal communication paired with critical thinking can save state governments time and money.
Maryland joins analytics platform to monitor sex offenders
Maryland has become the 21st state to adopt OffenderWatch, a tool that helps police focus their efforts on offenders identified to be at the highest risk of reoffending.
Maryland wants to perfect 'classic' contact tracing before launching apps
The state's 1,400 contact tracers will use a combination of cloud platforms, text alerts and old-fashioned phone calls to track the spread of COVID-19.
Remote work to be a 'lasting feature' for state IT offices
Several state CIOs predict that widespread telework will linger in government long after the COVID-19 pandemic ends.