California Launches Green Government Portal

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California is launching a new open data portal focused on sustainability. The Socrata backed portal is the latest entrant in a growing number of such websites launched by various arms of the California government.

The “GreenGov” portal offers data on the location of electric car refueling stations as well as information about greenhouse gas emissions.

The launch comes ahead of the GreenGov code-a-thon happening over the weekend of October 24, which offers $25,000 for developers to write programs that help the local government be more green.

The effort is amiable although, the high number of portals offered by the California government each containing disparate data sets calls into question the overall usefulness of any of them.

“We want the public to leverage the pilot Statewide Open Data Portal and use publicly available data sources to help citizens and decision makers understand the state’s progress on achieving sustainability goals and to help policymakers and implementers inside state government make informed decisions,” state officials said of the GreenGov initiative in a statement.

Registration for the code-a-thon is open here.