US, February 9, 2015: Esri has launched a new website aimed at helping citizens discover organisations which share open data around the world. The website provides direct access to thousands of open government datasets.
Since July 2014, more than 1,200 organisations 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. Using the portal, citizens can search across all these sites to find authoritative data by location and topic as well as download, filter, and visualise this data through their web browser or mobile device.
"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 organisations 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