Last year we announced ArcGIS Open Data as a free application for organizations using ArcGIS to publish their open data to the web. Our vision is to enable any organization to quickly and easily share data by using their existing data management infrastructure. This means organizations can focus on open data strategy, policy and adoption rather than technical and operational concerns.
The ArcGIS Open Data Year in Review provides highlights from the past six months1 where over 700 organizations and 15,000 datasets came online. These data are provided directly from their authoritative source and are freely available and accessible by everyone.
Since its launch this spring as a global open data platform, available in 24 languages, ArcGIS Open Data has seen rapid adoption – foremost by agile cities and regional governments as well as a few US States and international government agencies. We know that there are many more working on their open data sites and fortunately are taking the time and care to ensure high-quality metadata, appropriate releases, and schedules for regular and continuing updates. All important aspects of a successful open data strategy.
Looking forward, national governments continue adopting action plans that promote the benefits, and set guidelines, for making data open, accessible, and valuable(pdf). ArcGIS Open Data will provide better insight for organizations and citizens to understand the impact of open data as well as easily analyze and understand the data to share insights and perspectives. We hope to see your organization sharing open data in the new year!
: so really this is the half year in review