San Francisco, US: Socrata, a developer and provider of open data cloud services, unveiled Mondara. The company claimed that it is the first cloud service that enables mainstream web content developers – the other 99 percent who are not GIS experts- to rapidly create a new class of data-driven, interactive online maps. The new Mondara service provides access to relevant geospatial and location data in government, currently locked up in inaccessible, proprietary formats, by making online map creation as easy as adding a photo to Facebook.
Till now, creating data-driven, interactive online maps has been the exclusive domain of experts in GIS and skilled programmers. As a result, the vast majority of government geospatial data is still being shared as download-only files, delivered in formats that are inaccessible to everyday information consumers, such as Esri Shapefiles and Google KML files. These barriers have limited the reach and utility of millions of otherwise valuable public information assets.
“GIS professionals have plenty of sophisticated software already. We invented Socrata Mondara for the other 99 percent who just want the freedom to create interactive online maps and share them with the public,” said Kevin Merritt, Socrata’s Founder and CEO. “We eliminated costs and complexity by moving the entire creation-to-consumption lifecycle of online maps to the cloud, where our customers can leverage the power of Socrata’s open APIs and easy-to-use web and social interfaces to create compelling, data-driven, interactive content for their constituents.”
With no cumbersome desktop software, or GIS expertise needed, webmasters, communications professionals, and online content developers can drag-and-drop readily-available geospatial files from their GIS department to the cloud, and instantly transform those files into interactive online maps. Mondara leverages the Socrata Open Data Platform architecture to enable content creators to easily combine layers from geospatial maps with related location data to create a new class of contextual, socially-connected, map-based applications.
Source: Market Watch