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Archive for Wednesday, November 29, 2000

State to launch new Web site

Study recommended changes to existing ‘Net designs

November 29, 2000

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A new name. A new logo. And information that's easier to find.

That's what's promised for Thursday, when the state of Kansas launches its new Internet site www.accessKansas.org.

"We've taken our old Web site and given it an entirely new look and feel," Lisa Counts, marketing director of the Information Network of Kansas Inc., said Tuesday.

The launch of the new Web site will be formally announced at a VIP reception and press conference Thursday evening at the Topeka Capital Plaza Hotel.

The launch follows a yearlong study of how the state's Web site at www.ink.org is used now and what changes could be made to make it easier for people to find various types of information.

"We've done numerous user tests and user interviews to find out just how an average citizen would get to our content," Counts said.

The navigation is more geared toward the particular task of the user, rather than just listing particular agencies, she said.

And Counts said they're pleased with the results.

For example, an 81-year-old woman who participated in testing was able to easily find her way through the new accessKansas.org site to find 10 different types of information, from the date of a state fair to court records in Johnson County.

If you have the Kansas site bookmarked at www.ink.org, don't worry about changing the bookmark. You'll be automatically redirected to the new site, Counts said.

INK, which is a self-funded agency overseen by the Kansas Department of Administration, has provided information on the Internet for 9 1/2 years.

More than 90 percent of the information on access Kansas.org will continue to be free.

The agency pays for itself by charging transaction fees for the other 10 percent of the information, such as for access to court records and uniform commercial code documents.

AccessKansas.org will continue to provide popular services, such as being able to pay for hunting and fishing licenses online, Counts said.

You can also pay your county property taxes online. That service was made available Nov. 1 in 22 Kansas counties, including Douglas County.

The new site also eventually will be made available for personal digital assistants, such as Palm Pilots, and Web-enabled wireless phones, she said.




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