Esri ArcGIS Hub helps government agencies meet open data law requirements

January 30, 2019  - By

Logo: Esri ArcGIS HubEsri’s ArcGIS Hub is helping government agencies more easily and efficiently comply with new policies outlined in the Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act, Esri said.

The OPEN Government Data Act sets a presumption that all government information should be open data by default — machine readable and freely reusable.

According to Esri, federal agencies using the ArcGIS Hub can share data in open formats with only a few clicks and feed those data catalogs directly to, the government-wide website supported in the bill. In addition, apps and dashboards can help responders identify vulnerable populations areas, locate resources like shelters and hospitals, and visualize where and when routes to these resources are accessible in real time.

The ArcGIS Hub online portals also enable government agencies to direct their open data to deepen citizen engagement with apps, data, events and collaboration focused on specific civic initiatives. According to Esri, ArcGIS Hub lets citizens, businesses, academic institutions and nongovernmental organizations take advantage of their governments’ spatial analytics capabilities to collaborate and turn data-driven goals into policy.

“When authoritative data is unencumbered and interoperable, it enables effective and efficient government programs that save lives and money,” said Jill Saligoe-Simmel, Esri product manager for spatial data infrastructure. “Esri supports the OPEN Government Data Act — combined with the recently passed Geospatial Data Act — as an essential component to modern spatial data infrastructures.”

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Allison Kral is the former digital media manager for North Coast Media (NCM). She completed her undergraduate degree at Ohio University where she received a Bachelor of Science in magazine journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. She works across a number of digital platforms, which include creating e-newsletters, writing articles and posting across social media sites. She also creates content for NCM's Pit & Quarry magazine, Portable Plants magazine and Geospatial Solutions. Her understanding of the ever-changing digital media world allows her to quickly grasp what a target audience desires and create content that is appealing and relevant for any client across any platform.