U.S. Launches Digital Roadmap To Open Up Government Data And Court Developers
There’s all sorts of data that the government has, but very little of it is actually accessible by developers. But the U.S. Government is trying to change that: Wednesday at TechCrunch Disrupt, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park and Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel announced a new initiative within the government to open up data that was previously locked up in government documents and arcane backend systems. That will allow developers to create new applications and services based on that data.
In the United States, FGDC is encouraging federal agencies to transition to ISO metadata standard. According to FGDC, “ISO metadata should be considered an option now. It’s recognized that the transition to ISO metadata will be occurring over the next few years.”
Please note that most NSDI stakeholders in US have long utilized the Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM) standard, when there was little interest in data sharing beyond the US borders. Now the world has come to recognize that pressing environmental, political, health, and financial issues require international and, often, global perspectives.
The new ISO 19115-1: Geographic Information – Metadata – Part 1: Fundamentals is currently a Draft, and anticipated to be an International Standard in May 2013.
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Six decades of U.S. tornadoes visualized in one stunning map
Using almost sixty years’ worth of data from NOAA, designer John Nelson has produced a mesmerizing visualization of tornado activity in the United States. Ever wondered where “Tornado Alley” got its name? Wonder no more.
Got this data from NOAA via the spectacular Data.gov. It tracks 56 years of tornado paths along with a host of attribute information. Here, the tracks are categorized by their F-Scale (which isn’t the latest and greatest means but good enough for a hack like me), where brighter strokes represent more violent storms.