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  1. 1. Open DataataD nepO Open and map your Gov 2.0 data with ArcGIS®.
  2. 2. “Publishing data as map services is one of the most valuable ways to communicate and collaborate. Maps enable an immediate understanding of the patterns and relationships the information portrays.” —Esri President Jack Dangermond Make the Most of Open Data with GIS Open government initiatives are bringing a new wealth of public data to the open Web, enabling citizens and government to share a common picture of the intelligence that drives decisions across the nation. Like the Gov 2.0 movement, open government promotes transparency, accountability, and citizen engagement and recognizes that Web 2.0 technologies allow stakeholders to access information and collaborate online as never before. The true value of opening government data lies in how agencies and the public put it to use. Providing access to data is an essential first step, but sharing it in an informative format is the key to fostering a new level of government communication and efficiency. Geographic information system (GIS) technology unlocks the potential of open data by bringing it into an enlightening spatial context, enabling individuals and government to better understand their world and take informed action. For decades, the U.S. government has relied on Esri’s GIS platform to support mission-critical tasks and daily operations. Now government and the private sector are leveraging GIS resources to map and share vast amounts of newly available data—a vital step in facilitating open government.
  3. 3. BroadbandStat displays Ohio’s current broadband coverage on an interactive map.The Power of Authoritative DataWith the launch of, an abundance of authoritative authoritative data, stakeholders can depend on them togovernment datasets is now readily available online. The identify factors that impact them, support informed decisiongovernment has invested in the creation and maintenance of making, and contribute to a more informed public dialog.a large reserve of U.S. geographic information. Included arecensus findings, geological surveys, conservation and land-useinformation, infrastructure assessments, tax records, health Federal Communications Commissionstatistics, and education data. With funding from the American Recovery and ReinvestmentBesides fostering open government, the release of this Act (ARRA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)information spurs innovation as open data is brought to life is using Esri’s BroadbandStat application to develop a Web-through the creation of new tools and applications. Online based map showing broadband coverage across the country.mapping applications are proving to be one of the most As part of FCC’s National Broadband Plan, the map will guideeffective vehicles for communicating government data. The initiatives to improve high-speed Internet access for residentsfederal government acknowledged the value of geospatial and businesses in an effort to stimulate economic growthdata visualization through its GEO Viewer, which and boost capabilities in education, health care, homelandenables anyone to view and combine datasets on an security, and more.interactive map. Because these applications are based on 3
  4. 4. Anatomy of a Gov 2.0 Open Data Solution 1 2 Government Creates and Governments Share Maintains Authoritative Data Public Datasets Government’s extensive geospatial Open government initiatives drive data resources provide the most agencies to publish their datasets on sites accurate picture of the complex like and, opening factors at work throughout the world. access to a new wealth of information.4
  5. 5. 3 4New Applications Bring Government andData into Context Citizens CollaborateDevelopers use APIs to create online Data-rich Web applications enablemapping applications that communicate increased transparency, communication,complex government data in an easy-to- and efficiency.understand geographic format. 5
  6. 6. From Open Data to Open Government A geographic perspective brings issues into context, engages the public, and improves transparency. Using GIS technology, government and citizens can map datasets and create mashups of data layers to compare different factors and their relationships. By sharing the information behind the decision-making process, government can more clearly convey its intentions and empower an informed, constructive public response. Department of Agriculture Environmental Protection Agency The U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research The Environmental Protection Agency’s MyEnvironment Service pooled over 90 indicators of health and lifestyle to Web site offers an easy-to-use online interface that provides create its Web-based Food Environment Atlas. This visual the public with environmental information such as air and interface allows the public to layer and analyze variables water quality. This tool incorporates federal, state, local, and that impact Americans’ access to healthy food and reveals private data sources to provide a comprehensive snapshot of “food deserts” where services are most needed. The Food environmental indicators. Citizens can create maps, charts, Environment Atlas integrates existing government data from and reports on the environmental factors that impact them. a variety of agencies, supporting transparency and creating a practical public resource. Nationwide adult diabetes rates are depicted on a scale from 3.2 percent MyEnvironment links directly to relevant data sources and presents the to 17.4 percent (light green to dark green, respectively). information in several formats.mapping citizen engagement clo open government social media collaboration 6
  7. 7. Delivering Open Data from the Cloud Accessing GIS technology and open data in the cloud is making agencies more flexible and resilient. Cloud computing cuts costs and supports broad variations in demand. When disaster strikes, spatial data can be readily accessed to assess a situation and execute a response regardless of material damage on the ground. In effect, open data and online GIS technology are fostering the development of authoritative, centralized geographic information resources that are available to anyone at any time. Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board City of Miami became the first government-wide system to As part of the Miami 21 initiative to improve urban planning move to a cloud computing infrastructure, allowing more practices for the 21st century, the City of Miami developed efficient computer operations, improved security, and an interactive land development application that provides reduced costs. The Web site features a map real estate data on properties within the city. The application that tracks spending of the $787 million economic stimulus is refined continuously and enables the public to view a package established by ARRA. The dynamic map shows variety of data layers showing land-use designations, historic where ARRA funds have been awarded and provides details preservation sites, zoning details for each property, and more. on each recipient. This cloud-based tool provides business owners and residents with a clear picture of the city’s land-use status and goals. Esri’s GIS technology drives’s dynamic cloud-based online Citizens can access land-use details online to make more informed mapping tool. decisions when purchasing a home or starting a business.oud computing accountability transparency apps 7
  8. 8. Open and Map Public Data in Two Steps Publish authoritative 1 geospatial datasets Data-sharing repositories, such as and, make it easy to upload and access authoritative public data. Bring meaning to the 2 data through maps provides a platform for delivering your authoritative content. Even those without GIS knowledge can create maps, integrate data from different sources, and share maps with specific contacts or the public.8
  9. 9. Visit to access free,configurable applications that help meetbusiness and agency needs. For example,anyone can download a mobile applicationthat allows them to report public issuessuch as damaged roads. 9
  10. 10. Create a Custom Mapping Application Esri’s online resources facilitate fast Web application development so you can make the most of authoritative and crowdsourced data while supporting operationally critical systems and government directives. ArcGIS is the platform government uses for Gov 2.0 initiatives because it supports delivery of mapping services and applications across the Web. Accessible on premises or in the cloud, this technology provides a foundation for leveraging geospatial investments and effectively managing data, conducting spatial analysis, and deploying mobile services. Esri GIS Services Available on Federal government employees can purchase Esri® ArcGIS Online services on, the SM U.S. General Services Administration’s source for cloud-based IT services. Search “Esri” to find world satellite imagery, geocoding services, datasets, and more.10
  11. 11. To learn more aboutGIS and open data,visit 11
  12. 12. About Esri Our Focus Contact EsriSince 1969, Esri has been helping Esri software is used by hundreds 1-800-GIS-XPRT (1-800-447-9778)organizations map and model our of thousands of organizations that Phone: 909-793-2853world. Esri’s GIS software tools apply GIS to solve problems and Fax: 909-793-5953and methodologies enable these make our world a better place to info@esri.comorganizations to effectively analyze live. We pay close attention to our esri.comand manage their geographic users to ensure they have the best Offices worldwideinformation and make better tools possible to accomplish their They are supported by our missions. A comprehensive suite ofexperienced and knowledgeable staff training options offered worldwideand extensive network of business helps our users fully leverage theirpartners and international distributors. GIS applications.A full-service GIS company, Esri Esri is a socially conscious business,supports the implementation of GIS actively supporting organizationstechnology on desktops, servers, involved in education, conservation,online services, and mobile devices. sustainable development, andThese GIS solutions are flexible, humanitarian affairs.customizable, and easy to use. 380 New York Street Redlands, CA 92373-8100 USACopyright © 2011 Esri. All rights reserved. Esri, the Esri globe logo, ArcGIS,,, and are trademarks, registered trademarks, or service marks of Esri inthe United States, the European Community, or certain other jurisdictions. Other companies and products mentioned herein may be trademarks or registered trademarks of theirrespective trademark owners.123808DUAL1M1/11ed Printed in USA