Google press release, “Google and Four US States Improve Public Access to Government Websites,” April 30, 2007

  • Lots of govt info on databases not accessible to search engine crawlers, thus harder to find
  • state tech managers working to increase amount of govt info available to Google searches
  • Sitemap Protocol is key
    • produces list of all pages on website
    • automatically sends list to search engines
  • see case study on Arizona and press info
    • Arizona: less than 50 tech staff hours >> implementation on eight major databases, “made hundreds of thousands of public records and other pages ‘crawlable'”
  • Started with CA, AZ, UT, and VA
  • added MI, FL