All Points Blog
Our Opinion, Your Views of All Things Location

  • HOME

    About Us

    Advertising

    Contact Us

    Follow Us



    Feed  Twitter 

  • RECENT COMMENTS
  • NEWSLETTER

    All Points Blog

    Catching geospatial news that others miss. Delivered daily.

    Preview Newsletter | Archive

  • ARCHIVE
    << July 2014 >>
    S M T W T F S
       1 2 3 4 5
    6 7 8 9 10 11 12
    13 14 15 16 17 18 19
    20 21 22 23 24 25 26
    27 28 29 30 31    
  • PUBLICATIONS

Monday, July 14, 2014

Open Data: A Policy Required for Emergency Response and Management

No less than three speakers  in the morning session of the Senior Executive Seminar at the Esri User Conference spoke on the need for an open data policy for emergency response.

Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, the undersecretary for Oceans and Atmosphere of the Department of Commerce and a NOAA administrator said that data, freely shared, is a public good and is a cornerstone of U.S. policy as well as a fundamental way of doing business.

Dr. Robert Griffin, the acting deputy undersecretary for Science and Technology at the Department of Homeland Security said that there is a need to "operationalize data" and that shared data will help first responders do their job better. "What we need to do is synthesize the map into effective operational information," he said.

The Honarable Maurice Williamson, a member of New Zealand's Parliament mentioned that on the Open Data Barometer that his country attained the highest rating in terms of political impact. He made these remarks during a presentation that explained the process of redeveloping the City of Christchurch after the devastating earthquake of 2011 that destroyed a good portion of the city.

These remarks signal a recognition that investments by government agencies in geospatial information will not serve the average citizen if policies don't mandate open data. Hand in hand with an open data policy is the establishment a governance model so that responsible management of information is secured. Proper governance will assure information security, data reliability and management accountability.

by Joe Francica on 07/14 at 10:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

All Points Blog Newsletter

Catching geospatial news that others miss. Delivered daily.

Preview Newsletter | Archive

Follow

Feed  Twitter 

Recent Comments

Publications: Directions Magazine | Directions Magazine India
Conferences: Location Intelligence Conference | .Map Conference | GEO Huntsville
© 2014 Directions Media. All Rights Reserved