Jack Dangermond believes today’s challenge is geospatially enabling Gov 2.0. Geospatial data uses integrated applications to show information from multiple sources. It allows for improved planning, management, and increased efficiency. Unfortunately, the government hasn’t yet brought the data together into one map.
Yet, many agencies see data sharing as part of their mission. For example, the Census Bureau provides data that becomes a common resource. Web 2.0 applications are emerging and richer, more collaborative mapping is taking place.
The government needs to focus on the following:
1. Restful services
2. Easily discovered
3. Open standards of support
4. Easy to use for clients
5. Free application tools
Geospatial services have the ability to bring about a lot of positive change!