Delaware public records gold mine: new open data portal

Want to know which state agency buys the most pizza? Maybe you're more curious about whether your favorite restaurant passed its last inspection, the traffic counts on your road or the most popular subjects at your local library.

That's just a sample of the information that state officials say will be searchable, sortable and, in some cases, mappable come Wednesday evening when Gov. Jack Markell unveils Delaware's new open data portal – an online clearinghouse of raw statistics and other nonpersonal information collected by state agencies.

The 30 datasets also included in the launch will cover topics such as state contracts, toxic releases, cancer mortality rates, licensed child care providers and even the most popular baby names in Delaware.