The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is part of the Delaware Open Data Council established by Governor Markell in 2016 under Executive Order 57 and expanded by Governor Carney in 2018 under Executive Order 18.
As part of the Council, DNREC is helping set the standards for, and launching some of the earliest versions of, open data from Delaware state agencies via the Delaware Open Data Portal.
The Open Data Council will build on, and expand, the data offerings that state agencies have long tried to provide such as DNREC’s Environmental Navigator and the FirstMAP geospatial data site for Delaware. The Council, through the Department of Technology and Information, has entered into a contract with Socrata to provide an open data portal tool that Delaware can use to publish its open data.
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.
DNREC has added a number of datasets to the Portal and will continue to add data based on agency priorities and public requests.