Focused on providing satellite imagery for large-scaled natural disasters, the Open Data program will provide open and accurate high-resolution satellite imagery and crowdsourced GIS layers.
David A. Eagle, Managing Consultant takes a look at how 1Spatial helped Nottingham City Council harness FME in to streamline the availability of open data to the public, reducing its need to spend staff hours on Freedom of Information Act requests.
Esri has launched ArcGIS Open Data as a portal for users to search, download, and visualize open data: Since July 2014, more than 1,200 organizations from all levels of government, including the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and the cities of Raleigh, North Carolina; Tampa, Florida; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Muroran, Japan, have used Esri’s ArcGIS Open Data to configure […]
A partnership between Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the World Bank, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, American Red Cross, USAID, and Development Seed, Open Cities was launched in November of 2012 in order to “create open data ecosystems that will facilitate innovative, data-driven urban planning and disaster risk […]
The U.S. Geological Survey’s Center for Integrated Data Analytics (CIDA) has created an open source visual description of California’s ongoing drought using free and publicly accessible GIS data sources. Noting that many state, federal, and tribal agencies make routine observations of the water cycle, the USGS developed this graphic to visualize […]
Improvements in technology have led to the wide dissemination of information. As long as you have a computer, tablet, or smartphone, you can access a large amount of data from nearly all parts of the globe. The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) is taking advantage of this reality through their […]
After a lengthy battle in the court system, California’s Supreme Court has finally ruled in favor of allowing public access to the government’s GIS data in Orange County. Back in 2007, the Sierra Club sued the county for the right to use its GIS data for environmental mapping projects. Orange County resisted, however, claiming that the digital maps did not fall under the Public Records Act.
On May 9, 2013, President Barack Obama sign an executive order making the default for government data “open and machine readable”. The executive order was accompanied by the White House’s Open Data Policy.
UPDATE: Fox News in Atlanta has a segment on the OpenStreetMap mapathon. OpenStreetMap is gearing up for a three-day mapping marathon to map with a goal of making the city of Atlanta one of the best mapped in the United States. Over 200 volunteers are expected at the event and […]