Prosecuting Attorneys' Council Wins Award for Data Exchange Project

Tuesday, October 10, 2007

After months of careful consideration and analysis, a panel of national judges has selected the winners of the 2007 Best of Web and Digital Government Achievement Awards sponsored by the Center for Digital Government. The Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia was recognized in the Digital Government Achievement category, winning the Government to Government Award for their work on the Cordele Data Exchange Project.

"I am glad to accept this award on behalf of PAC and all the other agencies and individuals that have participated in and supported this project," said Data Exchange Project Manger Andy Hulsey for the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia. "Without the voluntary cooperation of the more than 60 participants in various roles in state and local government, none of our success would be possible."

Winners were announced at the 11th Anniversary Awards Gala in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 21. "2007 was an amazing year for our Best of Web and Digital Government Achievement Awards," said Cathilea Robinett, Executive Director of the Center for Digital Government. "The competition was fierce and there were many applications and portals that were top-notch. It's clear that America's state and local governments are unrelenting in their pursuit of excellence for the citizens they serve."

The Digital Government Achievement Award recognizes outstanding agency and department Web sites and applications that enhance information interactions, transactions and/or services. The categories included government-to-government, government-to-business, government-to-citizen and government internal.

"The Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia facilitated the successful automation of data sharing between disparate judicial and law enforcement agencies throughout four counties in the Cordele Judicial Circuit," said Hulsey. "PAC contributed funding, governance and project management throughout the project, helping create the award-winning solution. It was an honor to have our cooperation, hard work and innovation recognized by government IT professionals nationwide," said Hulsey.

Hulsey credited the Massachusetts-based company, Metatomix, for the success of this project.

"Metatomix was a key difference in the success of this project," said Hulsey. According to Metatomix, their Judicial Data Exchange employs semantic technology to pull data from often incompatible case management and booking systems used by multiple agencies, processes it and circulates it in real-time to all agencies involved. The system also automatically exchanges information such as new arrests and warrants among the different offices without any manual intervention, keeping all agencies involved up-to-date on every case in the criminal justice system. This eliminates the need for the same information to be entered multiple times into different software systems, thereby reducing the possibility for human error and resulting in significant time savings, enhanced public safety and faster delivery of justice.

The Center for Digital Government (www.centerdigitalgov.com) is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. The Center is a division of e.Republic, Inc. (www.erepublic.com), a national publishing, event and research company focused on information technology in the public sector.