The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is part of the state's Open Data Council. It is helping to seed the Open Data Portal with environmental and recreational data. The Department is trying to use the portal as a tool in data-guided management improvements. It is developing an "environmental indicators" dashboard. It is looking for opportunities to add dynamic charts and graphs to its new "alpha" website. And it is partnering with the Delaware Department of Transportation and local open data organizations to sponsor a hack-a-thon focused on combining transportation data and recreational data to help residents access and use parks, wildlife areas a state forests. This presentation will explore these initiatives and the challenges of convincing tradition-bound state employees and managers to open their processes and share their data.

Three Key Takeaways

  1. Open data offers great opportunities for outreach to the public and for internal management improvements.
  2. Changing the "usual approaches" to data management and public information are key.
  3. Open data can't be an effective part of a communication strategy without working with, and learning from, non-traditional new stakeholders (read: hackers).
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018
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