November 10, 2009 By News Report
A business owner who wants to build a statewide database of Maine's land records went to court to require 13 Maine counties to provide the records, according to an article in the Portland Press Herald/Sunday Telegram. John Simpson of MacImage of Maine LLC, said that he was denied access or the counties stalled on his request even though the state requires public record delivery within five days of the request, unless prohibited by law. Simpson intends to create a unified database of all the land records in Maine's 16 counties, according to the article.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.