Esri announced the launch of a new site aimed to help citizens discover organizations sharing open data around the world and provide direct access to thousands of open government datasets. Citizens can search, download, filter, and visualize this data through their web browser or mobile device.
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 custom open data sites to serve local citizens and businesses. Now the public can search across all these sites to find authoritative data by location and topic.
"We are excited about the large number of organizations currently sharing open data and believe we have a great opportunity to boost global support for open data and open knowledge," says Andrew Turner, CTO of Esri's DC R&D Center. "As more of the 380,000 organizations we work with across the globe begin to contribute open data, we will be able to help foster innovation by connecting the millions of datasets created by government agencies and shared through ArcGIS Open Data."
Any organization can make its data available through ArcGIS Open Data, and people can now discover this data by visiting opendata.arcgis.com.
Learn more about ArcGIS Open Data at esri.com/opendata.