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Q What evolution have you seen in how government agencies leverage geospatial data and tools? AGovernment agencies are re- quired now to make more in- formation public, and GIS technology has advanced quickly to help agencies achieve these open data initia- tives effectively and ef ciently. With 90 percent of all data having a location component, geospatial data has always been an invaluable part of government data. The pro- gression of GIS coupled with new cloud and mobile tech- nologies are making this data more accessible than ever throughout all levels of government and to the public. GIS data and tools are fostering government collabora- tion, transparency, and accountability. ArcGIS Online is the latest mapping platform that is enabling the rise of open GIS data and allowing agencies to quickly create and share interactive maps and apps. QWhat role do developers play in the open data movement? Most developers have traditionally had limited access to government data, but the open data movement is chang- ing that. There are many opportunities for developers to tap into the GIS aspects of all of this, because the open data movement is creating lots of new data formats. The primary role of developers in the open data movement is to bring data alive through meaningful applications and collaboration tools, and GIS is a big part of that. Q What kinds of resources are available to help devel- opers take advantage of the open data movement? Keeping with the spirit of open data, we feel it is impera- tive that we also support the open source movement by creating tools for developers such as open APIs, tem- plates, and open source codes they can use and modify to jumpstart their applications. First, we have made sure GIS tools are available on multiple platforms for people to be able to work with open data, using different pro- gramming languages. We've also done a number of things to combine what developers might nd on open data sites with actual source code examples they can play around with. That shows them how they can take data, make a map with it, and then create a Web app that incorporates that. We're also enabling them to interact through forums and blogs with people at Esri and else- where who are working with this kind of data. Q What is the role of ArcGIS Online in Open Data? A Through ArcGIS Online, governments can become more productive right away with ready-to-use content, apps, and templates available for browsers, smart- phones, and tablets. This platform provides powerful geoanalysis, ready-to-use maps, and out-of-the-box applications for eld data collection, operational dash- boards, and business intelligence offerings. Ultimately, ArcGIS Online allows governments to make better use of their data. Q How do you see GIS evolving to meet the needs of government innovation programs in the years to come? GIS in many ways drives innovation, and will continue to evolve to help meet the needs of government. Looking forward, there'll be a greatly improved ability for ArcGIS to work with many more data formats. There will also be an improved ability to use the cloud to deliver geospatial services, apps and data to users. I see the in uence of mobility, with users of government information and ser- vices increasingly wanting to use their mobile driving the future of GIS as well. The good news is that this ties in well with the information being Web-enabled, which is something we are already focused on. Paul Ross, product manager, ArcGIS Online, Esri T Sponsored Content For more information, visit: esri.com/opengis A A A