January 06, 2019

Open Data Tip - Track USA Spending by Federal Agency

USA Spending tracks federal spending to ensure taxpayers can see how their money is being used in communities across America.

The Spending Explorer lets you explore the entire federal budget in increasing granularity, illustrating how awards derive from federal accounts. Interactive visualizations provide help building context, and multiple breakdowns clarify the relationships between federal-spending components. Agency profiles are offered so you can deep dive into spending by each Federal agency.

The resource features an API for developers, a wealth of data and tools, and additionally, the entire database can be downloaded for further research and analysis. A great starting point is the data lab, just go right there! https://datalab.usaspending.gov/

Spending.gov is a hidden gem and you can find it at https://www.usaspending.gov

December 15, 2018

Canada Open Data - geogratis.gc.ca

Not to be confused with Canada’s open data portal (yes, I know it’s confusing!) Geogratis is the home of data, maps and publications from Natural Resources Canada. The CGDI is an on-line resource that improves the sharing, access and use of geospatial information – information tied to geographic locations in Canada. It helps decision-makers from all levels of government, the private sector, non–government organizations and academia make better decisions on social, economic and environmental priorities. Data are organized according to the country’s major resource sectors: Energy, mines, forests, while other main topic areas include The North and the Environment. A quick search of popular data reveals access to digital vector data products (CanVec), digital topographic maps, and a very comprehensive atlas of Canada Maps. 

For downloadable digital data, visitors are sent offsite to several resources. These include: 

The infrastructure itself consists of data, standards, policies, technologies and partnerships that are in place to allow the sharing and visualization of information on the Internet.  

Twitter: @NRCan 

November 01, 2018

Drone Mapping with the new DJI PHANTOM 4 RTK

The all-new DJI Phantom 4 RTK is the tool that takes construction mapping to a new level. This week DJI announced the new DJI PHANTOM 4 RTK About the UAV (via DJI)… Exceptional surveying deliverables can be achieved thanks to its built-in centimeter-level navigation and positioning system, as well as the high-performance imaging system that supports both RTK and PPK.

Learn more: https://enterprise.dji.com/construction
Website: http://enterprise.dji.com

February 12, 2017

Kerski looks at TNRIS portal

A look at TNRIS. From Joseph regarding the portal... One of the oldest and yet most useful of all regional or state portals is that of the Texas Natural Resources Information System, or TNRIS.  Indeed, TNRIS predated digital spatial data, for it was founded in 1968, housing paper topographic and geologic maps and aerial photographs for years before hosting digital spatial data.  TNRIS allows searches by county or by data theme.  If one zooms in on a the statewide map with county boundaries, the familiar USGS 7.5-minute grid is displayed, from which one can download such data as digital raster graphics, elevation, wetlands, geology, and historical and current satellite imagery.  Statewide themes include bathymetry, land cover, soils, census data, transportation, and many others.  Metadata is not only available but it is conveniently packaged, and the site doesn’t burden the data user with needless frills and fancy ways to download–it is, in my view, what a data portal should be–with the ability to quickly go in and get what one needs, in a variety of formats.

Read the full review here

Esri FedGIS Conference Showcases Cutting-Edge Technology

Esri president Jack Dangermond will kick off a series of talks by government users that explore the latest groundbreaking ways that government agencies are using spatial analysis technology to improve the nation and the world and make better-informed decisions. The conference is expected to host 4,000 attendees.
“Today’s complex issues require a new way of thinking,” said Jeff Peters, head of the national government sector at Esri. “Our users are leading the charge, using mapping and analytics to empower digital transformation, accelerate understanding of big data, and democratize technology. It is inspiring to see how they create more effective government and citizen services and improve public policy.”
The conference is the site for announcements about the innovative use of the Esri platform.
Learn more at esri.com/events/federal.
Join the conversation @Esri @EsriFederalGovt #FedGIS

New Jersey Announces OpenData site

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed an open data law that requires agencies to publish their data on the internet so that citizens, businesses and other executive branch agencies have free and easy access to information.

Signed on Feb. 6, the New Jersey Open Data Initiative will expand on the state’s current Open Data Center and the Transparency Center — which house the state’s financial data as well as some mapping files and a licensed child care center search function, according to NJ Spotlight.
Responsibility for overseeing and implementing the open data site falls to the Treasury Department’s Liz Rowe, the deputy CTO for policy and New Jersey’s chief data officer.
For the central site, agencies can provide non-proprietary, machine-readable datasets or provide a link to open data on their own sites.

Visit NJ OpenData at https://data.nj.gov/

Source: GCN