GeoIQ (formerly FortiusOne) has announced the launch of GeoCommons 2.0. GeoCommons is a crowdsourced repository for data and maps created by users. Since its launch in 2008, the site has over 28,000 users and 508,000 freely available data layers. That activity has resulted in the sharing of over 2.5 million data sets and been used to create 9.5 million maps across the web. The newly revamped GeoCommons.com site is the result of enhancements to the GeoIQ platform which. Andrew Turner outlines some of the changes in his blog post “GeoCommons ’2.0′ – with more developer goodness.”
GeoIQ’s press release outlines the following enhancements to GeoCommons 2.0:
● More powerful visualization engine: GeoCommons can now handle bigger data sets at an improved speed, allowing users to visualize tens of thousands of data points in seconds.
● Cross-browser platform support: With newly added support for HTML5 and Flash, GeoCommons is supported by 99 percent of web browsers. Since GeoCommons 2.0 isn’t tied to flash for visualizations, users can also leverage the site’s full capabilities through an iPad interface.
● Easier data editing: Data can now be edited, filtered and queried within the GeoCommons workflow, eliminating the need to edit data in Excel and upload multiple versions of data.
● Revamped temporal analysis: An improved time slider aggregates time-based data automatically, enabling users to see huge data sets animate over time.
● Custom icon-creator: Users can personalize maps with icons of their choice, including thematic maps where icons are sized by their value.
● Multi–attribute filtering: For the first time, users can easily filter across multiple attributes to identify locations without having to write code or use a desktop GIS.