We’re getting ready to release a totally new RIGIS website! It’s ready for you to preview now at http://beta.rigis.org. Based on the Esri ArcGIS Open Data platform, it greatly increases RIGIS’s ability to distribute data in a variety of more readily accessible file formats. We also expect it to reduce the amount of website administration time, allowing the team to commit more time to writing helpful blog posts and developing new apps featuring RIGIS data. Assuming all goes well, the RIGIS website will be replaced next month (August 2017).
The concept of “open data” is not a new one, for years those of us in the GIS community have come accross this term to describe data that has been shared with no copyright restrictions (or other control mechanisms) for people to use and republish as they wish. Within the past two years, Esri has jumped into the open data world by beginning their ArcGIS Open Data initiative. This is a way for Esri customers to disseminate data through a customized ArcGIS Online web portal under an open data license. Organizations that implement ArcGIS Open Data are inherently agreeing to allow their users to download, use, edit and redistribute data for their…