Sep 18

By Bright Side Staff

Late last month, the Center for Digital Government announced the 2012 winners of its annual Best of the Web (BOW) and Digital Government Achievement Awards (DGAA), honoring the top websites and digital achievements across the country. We’re excited to recognize Microsoft’s work with San Diego County, winner of two DGAA awards for their SharePoint-based Justice Electronic Library System (JELS), and their County Emergency Portal System, developed using Windows Azure and Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

The County Emergency Portal System,, won in the government-to-citizen category. Using Microsoft’s cloud technology as a way to handle the large and sudden increases in visitors that typically happen in a disaster, the County no longer has the expense of constantly maintaining large servers just in case of an emergency.

- Read more about the San Diego Country Emergency Portal System in the online case study here.

San Diego County’s other big win came in the government-to-government category with their JELS initiative. JELS is a project that replaces the manual distribution of paper legal documents involving juvenile offenders with an automated, online system for sending, receiving, storing, and viewing electronic case documents, ending the printing of roughly 1 million sheets of paper a year. The system also makes collaboration among the different departments easier.

- Read more about the JELS project in the online case study here.

The DGAA awards highlight outstanding agency and department websites and applications. This year, fifty-six awards in eight categories were given and we applaud San Diego County and the Microsoft team for their efforts in using digital government to operate more efficiently and to provide important citizen services to county residents.

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