The state of California, led by CalGov Ops, has recently launched an open data portal with 325 datasets from agencies across the state. Unfortunately, these datasets have different formats and schemas, creating a problem in the open data’s usability. The California state government decided to resolve this issue by adding metadata for their content. They are in the early stages of this endeavor, with a meeting about the metadata standards being used happening in the near future.
In addition to this metadata, CalGov Ops Chief Data Officer, Zachary Townsend, wants to improve the speed of data updates and improve the data’s searchability. Furthermore, he hopes to increase the transparency of the California state government through this data. Townsend and his colleagues hope to be part of an institutional change toward openness and data usage.
Heather Hill, LIS 653-01 Spring 2017