State CIO Teri Takai Launches Data Repository Website

State Technology Update - July 2, 2009

State Chief Information Officer Teri Takai today launched a new online data repository on the California State Portal, Ca.gov (http://www.ca.gov/data.html) designed to increase government transparency and spur innovation and economic development in California. By posting state government data in raw, machine-readable formats, it can be reused in different ways, allowing the public greater access to build custom applications to analyze and display the information. The data includes information on the economy, public health, transportation, environment and more on a single website.

"Governor Schwarzenegger has made open government and accountability a top priority," said Teri Takai, California's Chief Information Officer. "This new centralized data repository allows the public to find, use and repackage the volumes of data generated by the state, which were previously hard to find in various places throughout government. By publishing in different formats, we are empowering the public to use government data in creative ways to help improve our great state."

The data are provided in a variety of formats, including CSV, XLS, KML, TXT and XML to make it easy for individuals to create web mash ups, build applications, conduct analysis and perform research.

The new site provides access to State data files, State databases, geographic data and other sources, including:

  • Vital statistics such as population, birth, death, and marriage data,
  • More than 50 million data records on education,
  • Imports and exports through California ports,
  • Traffic counts on State highways,
  • Driving statistics, fatalities, accidents, and injuries,
  • Travel and tourism,
  • Water data; and
  • Cal-Atlas, which provides geospatial data and allows others to contribute their geospatial data.

Last week, the State of California launched a newly redesigned Web portal, CA.gov, with an improved, interactive design linking to new features, including widgets, social networking Web sites and news and information provided by state agencies, departments, boards and commissions and more. The new Web portal builds upon its award-winning features with a bolder new look and improved ways to access California government agencies. The new design features a prominent, colorful focal point and an inviting "highlights" carousel.

Governor Schwarzenegger has made it a priority to publish information on the Internet to improve services for Californians and increase government transparency and accountability including:

  • In April, he launched the Reporting Transparency in Government Web site to make publicly available the statement of economic interests, Form 700s and the travel expense claims for the Governor's office senior staff and deputies, agency secretaries, agency undersecretaries and department directors.
  • On June 4, he signed Executive Order S-08-09 and launched a new component to the Web site that will require all state contracts valued at $5,000 or more to be posted online. It will also list both the internal and external audits of state departments and agencies, including information on operations, budget and programs, dating back to January 1, 2008.
  • On June 10, he launched a new feature called "Waste Watchers" on his Web site at www.gov.ca.gov and his Reporting Transparency site. The Waste Watchers site allows state employees and other Californians to go online and report any government waste they may be aware of, either anonymously or by name.
  • In March, the Web site, Recovery.ca.gov was also launched by the Governor earlier this year as a one-stop site to track how Recovery Act funding is coming into and being used in California.
  • Last year, the Governor launched California School Finder which allows parents to easily find and compare schools side-by-side on data such as graduation rates and Academic Performance Index (API) scores, as well as information on student support services and advanced placement courses, in a one-stop easy-to-navigate Web site.

The Office of the Chief Information Officer, Office of Technology Services maintains the CA.gov portal.

On May 10, 2009, The Governor's Reorganization Plan (GRP) realigned key information technology resources, including the Department of Technology Services (DTS) under the leadership of the OCIO, to enhance efficiency and bolster performance. The reorganization is creating more accountability and providing a framework to enhance the IT workforce that supports the computer systems, among other things.

Specifically, the GRP:

  • Integrates four agencies - the OCIO, Office of Information Security and Privacy Protection (Office of Information Security), DTS and Department of General Services' Telecommunications Division - into an expanded OCIO,
  • Provides the State Chief Information Officer with authority for IT procurement policy and enterprise IT management,
  • Achieves consolidation of software contracts, office automation tools, data centers/computer rooms, servers, storage and networks over the course of five years; and
  • Preserves program-specific IT systems and budgets at the agency level.

Media Contact: Bill Maile (916) 549-2845