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Esri business partner GEO Jobe GIS has recently shared tips and tricks to assist in deploying open data. Recall, last year (2017) Esri made the move and renamed ArcGIS Open Data to ArcGIS Hub (hub.arcgis.com) – the same capabilities from Esri but wrapped into a new product with even more functionality.
Around the time this was all happening we had a chance to sit down with Andrew Turner of Esri to discuss this strategy. Read on for more about Open Data, ArcGIS Hub, steps to setup your Open Data portal, and a customer story from our team.
Why Open Data?
- Simplify data sharing
- Make data more discoverable
- Enable Government transparency
- Leverage server technology
- Reduce stale/old data
- Grow a community of innovation
- Facilitate data sharing within an organization
ArcGIS Open Data / ArcGIS Hub is used by many thousands of government organizations around the world, providing an easy and efficient platform for public data sharing and exploration. By working closely with government executive, staff, civic tech groups and local communities we are demonstrating the potential for public digital information infrastructure to fundamentally address and improve complex problems.
For user orgs and agencies, ArcGIS Hub provides GIS admins with the capability to open their data holdings to the community and for citizens and developers who need data. ArcGIS Hub walks you through launching your first open data site and recommends meaningful open datasets to share that align with commonly used open standard data models. Governments that participate get:
- Tools to create maps, apps, and dashboards
- An engagement platform to support collaboration
- Ways to capture, store and share data
- Apps and tools (templates)