Partnerships for public data access
It’s usually about this time of year that rain-sodden, sun-deprived minds like mine often turn to thoughts of heat, sun, and planning next year’s summer holidays. So when the All Points Blog recently reported a data partnership deal which had produced a shoreline map for Oahu, Hawai’i, I had to go check it out.
The data partnership in question involved the City and Council of Honolulu, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Fisheries, the State Department of Hawaii of Land and Natural Resources, and the Office of Planning. The new shoreline map, hosted on ArcGIS.com, provides a combination of field survey and local / central authority data describing the numerous access points along the shoreline of the island of Oahu. The map will provide tourists, local fishermen, and residents alike with updated information about the type of shoreline and the nature of the access at various locations along the shoreline.
One of the themes we discuss in the book, The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data, is the increasing popularity of such data partnerships, with organisations working together to collect, manage, and host a variety of public domain spatial data. Initiatives like these allow those involved to make the most efficient use of resources and organisational expertise, and avoid data duplication. Coming so soon after the release of US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report into the lack of coordination and data sharing between central government departments we blogged about earlier this month, it is encouraging to see that partnerships like this do exist and can work.