ArcGIS Open Data – 2014 Year in Review

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.

ArcGIS Open Data 2014 Year in Review

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!

[1]: so really this is the half year in review

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  1. smorgan_trpd says:

    Are there plans for the Open Data app to support PDFs?

  2. @smorgan_trpd – yes, we are extending support for additional content types. We are integrating how these would be closely correlated with the associated data, since the raw data are necessary for analysis while documents can provide supporting context.

    We’d love to hear examples of the types of documents you want to share via open data sites and how we can provide a good experience to the citizens that want to use this information.

    • smorgan_trpd says:

      The one example that has come up in my organization is lake report cards (not to say that aren’t more examples). We are building out our open data site to house raw water quality tables for lakes in our jurisdiction. But our water quality folks are interested in providing a PDF that summarizes the quality of the lake.

      Our open data site will have a link to a simple web app, where users can click on a lake. If they want the raw data they click that link on the pop up and it takes them to the results page of the open data site by using keywords in the attribute table of the lake configured using the custom pop-up feature of AGOL. Currently, I have the report card upload to our AGOL site, but the link for the report card takes uses to the results page for ArcGIS Online, not the open data site.

  3. pranav198 says:

    Are there any plans to include the metadata in a xml format as part of the shapefile download? This should be very important to users.