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In a joint effort to publicize recreational environmental data for public use, the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture will be host- ing the myAmerica Developer Summit to expand the best ways to make this information available to the public. The April 11- 12 summit will augment both agencies’ projects and goals by bringing experts in technology and out- door recreation together to collaborate on solutions for using data to promote and protect public lands. Summit participants will “develop trip-planning tools, enhance current online resources and cultivate methods for sharing data more easily – all in the name of improving access to America’s federal lands,” the Interior Department said in its announcement. In 2013, more than 400 million rec- reation visits were paid to the national parks, wildlife refuges, monuments and other public lands Interior manages. These visits alone contributed $41 bil- lion to the U.S. economy, supporting approximately 355,000 jobs nationwide, the agency said. “Engaging entrepreneurs and en- thusiasts to help transform disparate sources of information on public lands into useful, user-friendly formats will in- spire visitors to explore our public lands and resources, while boosting tourism, outdoor recreation, jobs and economic activity in local communities,” said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. Both DOI and USDA have laid the groundwork for easier access to rec- reational data with the creation of the Recreation Information Database (RIDB) application programming interface, which provides all RIDB data in fully machine-readable and filtered data feeds or downloads. RIDB is part of the Recreation One Stop, a program that aims to provide a single source of information such as recreation areas, facilities, camp- sites, tours and permit entrances on federal lands, historic sites, museums and other attractions/resources. The USDA will debut the API platform and the information it has collected at the myAmerica Summit. In addition to resources such as the RIDB, the myAmerica Summit will fea- ture a hackathon to develop additional technological platforms and tools. • DOI, USDA open-source recreational data BY MARK POMERLEAU GCN APRIL 2015 • GCN.COM 11 Special Report CONVERGED SYSTEMS: GAINING STEAM TOPICS INCLUDE: WHEN MOVING TO A CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE MAKES SENSE HYPERCONVERGENCE: THE NEXT WAVE OF CONVERGENCE MAKING THE MOST OF CONVERGENCE THE BUSINESS CASE FOR CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE THE DATA CENTER OF THE FUTURE TO LEARN MORE, VISIT: GCN.COM/2015CONVERGEDINFRASTRUCTURE sponsored by: DATA.CITYOFCHICAGO.ORG 0415gcn_006-013.indd 11 3/31/15 1:15 PM