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Monday, March 10, 2014

And, now the new URL is live: http://opendata.arcgis.com.

--- 3/10/14 8:20 EST ---

Update: The site is no longer live. H/T @owenboswara, @stevenfeldman

--- original post 3/9/14 ----

Esri has launched ArcGIS Open Data [old URL we think], ArcGIS Open Data a website with the tag line "Explore open data from all over the world." Those who visit are invited to: Collaborate, Discover New Data and Visualize and Analyze. When I visited on Sunday afternoon the website had 81,301 datasets.

I did a search on EPA since I know the EPA was a participant in the first discussions of ArcGIS Online Open Data Program (Directions Magazine coverage). What I found were many EPA datasets (286) with creation dates in the past few years. There was no informatoin about when the dataset was added to this portal. Alongside a paragraph of description I found these data associated with ctdphonline: EPA Faciliites:

CREATED BY amitksinha on October 1, 2013

UPDATED a month ago

LICENSING No license specified (licensing continues to concern me)

SOURCE http://services.arcgis.com/2ycVue24EK6qzjat/arcgis/rest/services/ctdphonline/FeatureServer/0

METADATA https://devext.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=c0a2ce6fc7fe4cf5842322e348d1863b (took me to a website only available to Esri employees at this time)

TAGS sym

I could view a table, subscribe to the dataset or download the data in spreadsheet, KML, shapefile or via API. I chose KML and was sent to this URL which was just a blank white page. I was also offered, from the map visualization of the data, a button to share the dataset with others via this URL

I am reminded of somthing Tim O'Reilly said in 2005 (see #5) about if you can't own the data, organize the data. Esri and Google are now working to be the company that does that in the geodata space.

- H/T @RyanLanclos 

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/10 at 05:28 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The third round of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program has three foci:

  • Making Digital the Default: Building a 21st Century Veterans Experience (unclogging benefits for veterans via technology)
  • Data Innovation: Unleashing the Power of Data Resources to Improve Americans' Lives (opening government data in agencies including Census, NOAA, Interior)
  • By the People, for the People: Crowdsourcing to Improve Government (tap crowdsourcing to enhance OSM, the patent process, disaster response among others )

Fellow are well-paid (100K +), based out of agencies in DC, and typically work for 9-13 months (though they can participate for up to four years). Applications opened March 6 and are open until April 7. These sound like great positions for individuals with the right stuff.

details and how to apply via GeoTech Center LinkedIn Group

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/10 at 04:04 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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