Esri Supports USAID Crowdsourcing Event
USAID Provides International Development Data on ArcGIS Online forExploration and Analysis
REDLANDS, Calif., May 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Esriwill closely support the US Agency for InternationalDevelopment (USAID) at the agency's first-evercrowdsourcing initiative to make international development dataaccessible and transparent. The initiative will kick off at the USAIDInnovation Lab in Washington, DC, at noon on Friday, June 1, 2012, andcontinue virtually until Sunday, June 3. Esri will participate in the eventand provide a platform via ArcGIS Online that USAID can use to openlymap the data after the event.
During the event, interested individuals, including volunteers from theonline technical communities Standby Task Force and GIS Corps, willstructure data on certain USAID economic growth activities and thengeocode the data. After the event, USAID will release the completegeocoded dataset in line with the agency's commitment to makedevelopment assistance information more available. As part of thiscommitment, USAID will map this data on ArcGIS Online so thatanyone can explore and analyze the data."The US government is committed to opening data and increasing aidtransparency; this pilot is an example of this commitment," said EricPostel, assistant administrator for Economic Growth, Education andEnvironment at USAID. "By enabling the crowd to help us sort throughand clean nonconfidential data, we are able to release information thatwe never previously thought was possible."