DNREC and DelDOT have teamed to sponsor an Open Data Challenge
focused on access to Delaware’s rich natural resources and recreational opportunities. We’re challenging coders, techies, students and others to look at the data published by our two agencies and come up with new ways to use and present that data. We will offer cash prizes for great ideas and working prototypes. This is an opportunity for DNREC staff to engage with a very interested public.
Challenge: Make Delaware the most accessible state in the country.
Delaware has natural beauty and great recreational opportunities. We have parks, forests, beaches, rivers, ponds, bays and an ocean to explore and enjoy. We have roads, trails, bike routes, buses and rail to get us there. But not everyone is always able to take advantage of these opportunities. There are different reasons for this, and different ways to solve these problems.
How We’ll Do It
Breaking down barriers that keep people from recreational opportunities requires help from everyone. It requires new relationships and deep citizen engagement. DelDOT and DNREC have data and information about transportation, recreation, and the environment. We are looking for new perspectives and new ideas. We hope to reward innovative ideas and choose proofs-of-concept that can be implemented to serve the public.
There are a few key events that make up the Open Data Challenge: workshops, an ideation session, and a Data Jam. These events are free and open to the public. The more DNREC staff we can get to these events, the greater the results will be.
DNREC and DelDOT both publish data on the Delaware Open Data Portal (data.delaware.gov
) and the FirstMap geospatial data portal (opendata.firstmap.delaware.gov
). DNREC’s published open data includes open space and natural areas, parks and recreation information, recreational water advisories, waterfowl and fish species information, air quality information, and more.