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VA Launches Mobile Gravesite Locator

By Ed O'Keefe

Here's another great example of the federal government (slowly?) embracing new technologies: The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a mobile gravesite locator that allows users to quickly locate a burial location if, presumably, they're in the middle of a national cemetery.

The mobile site address is: http://m.va.gov/gravelocator

The one downside: The mobile site generates only 10 search results and more advanced searches must be performed on the original VA gravesite locator, which launched in 2004. That's not ideal for people attempting to locate a grave on a mobile device.

For example, someone searching for the grave site of former Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), might not easily obtain its location since he's the 80th search result for search term "E Kennedy."

Regardless, it's good to see another federal agency effective applying newer technologies to governing.

Know of any other good government mobile sites providing practical services and information to mobile users? Leave a link in the comments section below.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 16, 2009; 3:45 PM ET
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Comments

Well, 10 results isn't an awful limitation if the page stays smart about what was entered & allows a refined search from the original terms.

I'm pretty sure this can be done with WAP even, so it should be possible to do it in a device neutral way.

Posted by: timscanlon | October 17, 2009 12:31 AM | Report abuse

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