Top 10 Reasons to Share Your Data with ArcGIS Open Data

Releasing your open data means much more than making a file download site to meet government transparency requirements.
Publishing your data as open data makes your community and the whole world a better place to live. Open data enriches the programs and applications created by software developers. It stimulates local, regional, national, and international economies. Open data is eradicating polio and combating Ebola. Open data helps scientists and researchers better understand the universe and make life better for all of us.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is using ArcGIS Open Data to help combat the deadly Ebola virus.
ArcGIS Open Data is an Esri hosted and managed solution, included with ArcGIS Online. Using this solution, you can set up, within minutes, your own public-facing website to share your open data. Here are the top 10 reasons why you should share your open data with ArcGIS Open Data.        
1. Most Data are Spatial
Most data have at least one geographic component, even budget data that belongs to a specific geographic location or region. Using ArcGIS Open Data, you can easily share all your spatial data, as well as your non-spatial data, and optionally indicate an administrative region.
2. Share Living Data
ArcGIS Open Data does not only let you download the raw data, it provides dynamic access via a REST API. This enables you to build apps, conduct GIS analysis, and integrate resources dynamically to ensure that you are always using the most current and authoritative data.
3. Share Data from the Source
You can leverage your existing data management workflows and knowledge to share the most current and authoritative version of your data. Whether the data are stored in ArcGIS Online, served from ArcGIS for Server, or hosted independently, ArcGIS Open Data connects directly to the data source.
ArcGIS Open Data supports native localization for more than 20 different languages, including Japanese.
4. Integrate Other Open Data Sources
Using an open source project from Esri called Koop that is hosted on Github, you can integrate data from any API on any open data platform.
5. Publish Your Data Widely
ArcGIS Open Data supports the Data Catalog Vocabulary (DCAT) open standard specification, for connecting your open data site with many other open data platforms and search engines. This allows you to easily integrate the datasets you share with ArcGIS Open Data to other open data platforms, such as CKAN, OpenSearch-Geo, AtomPub, Microdata, or your own custom built site.
6. Fully Brand and Customize Your Site
You can customize your ArcGIS Open Data site to match the look and feel of your organization’s web site. The visual editor makes it easy for you to get started with a site, and you have full control to further customize the site using a common HTML and CSS framework. You can also set a custom domain URL to truly make your open data site an extension of your existing web presence.
The City of Tampa Open Data site took only a few days of design and development and has no custom coding.
7. Speak Your Language
In addition to English, ArcGIS Open Data supports native localization for 25 different languages at no additional cost. ArcGIS Open Data supports Chinese (Simplified Han), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese.
8. Publish Multiple Sites
There is no limit to the number of datasets or open data sites that you can publish with ArcGIS Open Data. You can publish one site with your public services data, another one with your park data, and a third master site that shares them all. You can also publish multiple sites in multiple languages. You can create all these sites for free.
9. Join an Open Data Community
You can use ArcGIS Open Data to instantly and automatically connect with the large and growing community of more than 800 published open data sites on ArcGIS Online. You will join a network of authoritative open data that is helping to stimulate economies and foster open knowledge around the world. Your open data will also be accessible for people to find and make connections across many open data sites simultaneously.
ArcGIS Open Data shares your data directly from the source so you’re always publishing the most current and authoritative data.
10. You Already Have It
ArcGIS Open Data is included with ArcGIS Online. It is a part of a platform of mobile, desktop, web, and open-source applications. If you have an ArcGIS Online subscription, you have ArcGIS Open Data. All at no additional cost. You can turn on ArcGIS Open Data here.
If you don’t already have ArcGIS Online and want to see how easy it is to share your open data, sign up for a free trial.

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