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July 6, 2010

California publishes news aggregator for state websites

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More competition for the traditional news media?

On Friday, California launched a news aggregator site that pulls together news and information from more than 200 state agency sources, according to Government Technology.

The site can be found at http://www.news.ca.gov.

I think the site is a good idea.It's bringing together 83 Twitter accounts, 40 YouTube channels and nearly 100 RSS feeds -- all into one Website stream.

Sometimes, people just want to learn some of the nuts and bolts of what's going on in their state, and shrinking news agencies are reporting less and less of the "run-of-the-mill" news, such as new programs and services. It won't replace quality, independent, investigative reporting that traditional news outlets specialize in, but kudos to California government for being serious about informing the people of its activities and offerings.

In Maryland, probably the most forward-thinking update we've seen to a state government website involves the Department of Business and Economic Development's site, ChooseMaryland.org. If you're interested in business in Maryland, you may want to bookmark it.


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About Gus G. Sentementes
Gus G. Sentementes (@gussent on Twitter) has been writing for The Baltimore Sun since 2000. He's covered real estate, business, prisons, and suburban and Baltimore City crime and cops. He was one of the first reporters at The Sun to use multimedia tools and Web applications -- a video camera, an iPhone -- to cover breaking news. He hopes to cover Maryland geeks and the gadgets and Web sites they build, and learn -- and share -- something new every day.

Gus has a wife, a young daughter and two feuding cats. They live in Northeast Baltimore.
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