Alameda County and Austin Win “Best of the Web” Awards
By Elana Hopman
The 2013 Best of the Web award winners were recently announced: Austin, Texas and Alameda County, California scored first place in their respective categories of best city and state sites. The award recognizes top state and local government websites, judged by past award winners and the Center for Digital Government.
The goal of the awards program is to highlight government websites that express innovation through strong usability and functionality. Open data availability demonstrates a commitment to citizen engagement and government transparency, making it a strong indicator of a successful online presence.
Both Alameda County and the City of Austin were recognized in part for their minimalist designs, which provide a streamlined user experience. The simple navigation and clean presentation enable citizens to find the data they need and analyze it more easily.