Governments and organizations have been hard at work creating Open Data sites to make their authoritative data accessible, discoverable, explorable, and collaborative. There are over 100 sites in the ArcGIS Open Data site gallery for you to explore! The Site of the Week is a series that profiles one ArcGIS Open Data site each week.
January 12, 2015: City of Tampa Open Data Share
Tampa’s Open Data Share has become very popular in the Tampa community since its launch in the fall of 2014. The site boasts 60 datasets linked directly to their geodatabase, ensuring users have access to the most authoritative and timely data to explore and download.
Launching ArcGIS Open Data replaced the need for the City to bundle and compress data and make it available via FTP. Their new site accesses their data from the source and eliminates any need for performing ETL. Tampa has done a great job of preparing their datasets to be discoverable and easy to understand by the community–each item has clear and concise attribute aliases, titles, and descriptions which helps the user quickly find the information they need.
Tampa integrates their open data site with the rest of the ArcGIS Platform. Users are invited to discover various web apps from their ArcGIS Online featured maps, which is great inspiration for building new apps with open data.
Their site itself took only a few days of design and development and has no custom coding. It is a great way to provide data to partners and citizens, and unleashes the value of the time, effort and expense that has gone into building and maintaining this spatial data for the city. Others in the region are beginning to catch on as well and follow Tampa’s lead.
Stay tuned for next week’s Site of the Week. In the meantime, check out the interactive Explore Open Data map to view more awesome sites, and get started with making your own Open Data site here.
David Crosby contributed to this post.