Feds Offer Data For Do-It-Yourself Maps

November 14, 2011
FedCyber Wire, Technology
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The Department of Interior collaborated with other agencies to launch a new online public repository of geospatial data, services, and applications and let people use it to build their own maps.

The move is part of continued efforts by the federal government to make more data available to the public and give them tools for creating new applications from that data as part of a broad transparency initiative.

The Geospatial Platform aims to take the large quantities of geospatial data agencies and partners collect and manage and make it readily accessible and available for easy reuse, the department said.

Via the website, people can use the data, combine it with their own, and create their own maps of interest, as well as collaborate on maps in both public and private groups of people with shared interests. People also can share their maps with others through Web browsers and mobile devices. Moreover, no additional software is needed for people to create and share maps, according to the department.

via InfromationWeek Government, continued here.