Tuesday, April 9, 2013

California's Geoportal

On March 28, 2013, California became the first state in the nation to launch a collaborative interactive portal for geospatial information that follows the model of what the Federal Geographic Data Committee did approximately 18 months ago with its Geospatial Platform initiative. Within California's Geoportal, users can search for data resources, or work within a map interface where selected data can be displayed as layers. Although the portal is primarily focused on California, numerous Federal and surrounding State layers are also included. Additionally, this project of the California Technology Agency, contains significant amounts of data that would be of value to Emergency Services Sector efforts like wildfire response and earthquake recovery. Use the links below for more (video is 4:41):

(State of California Technology Agency News Release, March 28, 2013)

Comment: Minnesota's past efforts along these lines include two excellent data websites: MnGeo's Minnesota Geographic Data Clearinghouse, and the MnDNR's Data Deli.  However, unique to this California effort is the online mapping interface which promotes discovery of a broad range of geospatial information by non-GIS types. Nice!

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