TIGER/Line Data in the Cloud - Tom MacWright

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Tom MacWright's CrisisCamp Ignite presentation given at the World Bank.

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  • Hi, I’m Tom MacWright and I’d like to talk about making Open Data useful with open-source tools and cloud computing. Specifically, I’ve been working with TIGER/line data, which is a great example of incredibly useful data that we only started to tap into
  • In the public domain and easily combined with existing data, including 200 gigabytes of Census data
  • Every school district in the country, which is keyed so you can combine it with census data.
  • Cottage industry of people selling DVDs of free data
  • Now it’s fast. You can create a new server in minutes, attach this data in minutes, and start off with ready-made servers
  • The historical problem is that slow computers and licensed data meant that there were limited, slow ways to consume geographical data
  • But we can do a lot better. Mapping in the cloud, you can put together a system that scales and performs and everyone else can learn from your progress
  • TIGER/Line Data in the Cloud - Tom MacWright

    1. 1. TIGER/Line Data in the Cloud Making Open Data Useful
    2. 2. <ul><li>125 gigabytes of </li></ul><ul><li>Roads, counties, school districts, census blocks, congressional districts </li></ul>
    3. 4. <ul><li>12+ hours to download, unzip, upload into Amazon’s Cloud </li></ul>
    4. 5. <ul><li>Boot up a mapping server in a minute </li></ul><ul><li>Connect the TIGER data in two minutes </li></ul>
    5. 6. 14,000+ Districts + TIGER/line
    6. 7. Federal Education Budget Program
    7. 9. <ul><li>Part of a complete open-source mapping stack </li></ul><ul><li>Without restrictive licenses, distributing and reusing map information is a completely different experience. </li></ul>
    8. 10. <ul><li>Cloud computing means scalability, the maturity of open-source mapping software means grassroots involvement </li></ul>
    9. 11. <ul><li>Mapnik, </li></ul><ul><li>TileCache, </li></ul><ul><li>MapServer, </li></ul><ul><li>OpenGeo, </li></ul><ul><li>PostGIS </li></ul>qGIS, OpenLayers, Google Earth, Consumer GPS http://www.flickr.com/photos/pasma/
    10. 13. Infrastructure
    11. 16. http://www.flickr.com/photos/wili/
    12. 17. <ul><li>OpenStreetMap is creating a worldwide road map </li></ul><ul><li>141,000 new miles of African roads </li></ul>
    13. 18. <ul><li>150gb “Planet.osm”, </li></ul><ul><li>125gb TIGER/line </li></ul><ul><li>Via FTP & DVDs </li></ul>
    14. 19. <ul><li>USGS digital elevation data for flooding concerns </li></ul><ul><li>Population data, land cover data for health and famine crises </li></ul>
    15. 20. Mobile East, Mississippi

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