Data is only useful if people can find it. With that in mind, technology officials in California are developing what they’re calling a “portal of portals,” a search tool that will provide the public a single authoritative source for locating all state-owned data.
The goal is to eliminate the need to search individual government websites with the hope of finding the desired information, said Michael Wilkening, an adviser to Gov. Gavin Newsom on digital services and innovation. If users can’t find what they’re looking for with a single search on the new portal, which is tentatively slated to be launched before Christmas, that will mean the data isn’t available, he said.