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James' keynote at the 2009 WhereChamp5280 (Denver).

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  • Welcome and introduction\n
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  • Spatial isn’t special, so why do we try and make is so?\n
  • Take desktop GIS software and put it on the internet, that will work won’t it?\n
  • Take geodata.gov\n\nI want to find information about the Central Arizona Project which we Arizonans use to bring water from Colorado to fill our pools.\n
  • The search seemed simple to me until the second screen appears. What is going on here?\n
  • Eventually you get the results and predictably it isn’t anything in Arizona. \n
  • Ground water in Portland, OR should never be result #3 for a search Water in Arizona.\n
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  • Even changing from a generic “Arizona” to Phoenix, AZ doesn’t improve a thing.\n
  • Data.gov is no better\n
  • Searching for Arizona Copper gives you results, but not anything that seems relevant.\n
  • A quick check shows that the textual search pulls up results that FAIL.\n
  • What about Google Maps, didn’t Where 2.0 show us we could use that to find spatial data?\n\n\n
  • The CAL-Atlas starts our well searching for GIS data in California.\n
  • But results still confuse the requester. I’m not sure how “critical habitat” and “Orange County Buildings are related”.\n
  • And what happens when you click on a link. You get metadata.\n
  • And what happens when you click on a link. You get metadata.\n
  • And of course the front page of the USF&WS requires you to start all over again on your data search.\n
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  • Neither is Metadata\n
  • Neither is Metadata\n
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  • We should let computers handle the complex metadata: reading it, updating it and sharing it.\n
  • Machines can then parse out the basic information humans need to understand datasets.\n
  • Getting your datasets searchable by Google is key for many folks. How you do this and how you get your data higher in the Google pagerank is going to be a fight that many folks are taking on.\n
  • See Jason Birch’s presentation on what Nanaimo has done for getting their data to be indexed by Google\n
  • ESRI has been gaming their ArcGIS Server REST API to get it crawled by Google, take this example for instance.\n
  • Look how we can see detailed information from the service inside a bubble on Google Maps.\n
  • Not many people will type “Mapserver” into a Google search so how does this result fit in with a more generic query. Quite well it appears.\n
  • So what now? Where do we go from here?\n
  • Can the cybernun use these systems?\n
  • Can the cybernun use these systems?\n
  • Things like “Arc”, “DXF”, “AV” only confuse people.\n
  • Things like “Arc”, “DXF”, “AV” only confuse people.\n
  • Things like “Arc”, “DXF”, “AV” only confuse people.\n
  • Things like “Arc”, “DXF”, “AV” only confuse people.\n
  • Things like “Arc”, “DXF”, “AV” only confuse people.\n
  • Using maps to define areas of interest ensure that only datasets in those regions appear in your results.\n
  • SEO is critical, if you don’t game, someone else will\n\n
  • Stay agile, things change so fast.\nHow many busted ArcIMS data download portals are there?\n
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Eliminating Barriers to Data Sharing Eliminating Barriers to Data Sharing Presentation Transcript

  • Eliminating Barriers to Data Sharing James Fee
  • Why isSharingSpatialData so Hard?
  • Build itand they will use it!?!?
  • XML is not Human Readable
  • Metadata is not Human Readable
  • Metadata is not Human Readable
  • Time to Kill Metadata No one updates it No one reads it No one shares it
  • Much like XML - Metadata is Machine Readable
  • Metadata for HumansGeoCommons WeoGeo Finder! Market
  • SEO
  • SEO Gaming Googlefor Personal Gain
  • City of Nanaimo, BCDo You SeeSpiders? MakingGovernmentData Truly Openhttp://bit.ly/3wQDxM
  • No Turning Back! http://www.flickr.com/photos/joshmiller/54979424/
  • “Geoportals” aren’t workingbecause they are createdby experts, for experts
  • “Geoportals” aren’t workingbecause they are createdby experts, for experts The CyberNun
  • Simple interfaces work best
  • XSimple interfaces work best
  • XSimple interfaces work best
  • Use Maps to Define Area of Interest
  • Stay Agile
  • GeoZen
  • Thank You James Fee email: jfee@weogeo.com twitter: @cageyjamesblog: http://www.spatiallyadjusted.com mobile: 480.225.2287