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California Launches GeoPortal

ca_geo_portalCalifornia has launched its GeoPortal:

Congratulations to Scott Gregory (GIO of California) and his team – it’s a great start!


My quick take:

  1. The sound clips talk a lot about mobile apps – looking forward to what that means
  2. I really like the application carousel –  it’s a pretty cool interface – but it doesn’t work in Google Chrome.
  3. My favorite map could be the Parcel Viewer – but it isn’t working.
  4. The Viewer leaves a lot to be desired – throwing data on a map without any tools that provide context doesn’t help too much.  I think that Philadelphia’s map viewer is a bit closer to what we need – where you can switch between maps.  But on that map, too there aren’t tools that let you interact with the information in a way that is specific to each map.
  5. If this portal is for California, why is there Oregon data there?
  6. Under the gallery, the organization by theme is really cool,  but some of the links are just PDFs – don’t know if that is really what we need.  BUT as this part fills out I look forward to it – I just hope that the search capabilities are robust enough to clear out clutter.
  7. I am having some issues searching.



 Here’s a Video showing how to use it:

2 comments to California Launches GeoPortal

  • marchchad

    I agree, the application carousel is a fantastic way of displaying all available applications. It worked in Chrome for me, just had to disable the pop up blocker.

    • markgreninger

      Hey – thanks for letting me know about the Pop-up blocker. The only issue I see long-term with the carousel is when you get beyond just a few applications – same thing with the Gallery. That’s when a text search that spits out your own carousel would be the way to go, I think …

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