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Accessing data with the WRI Open Data Portal

The good folks at Blue Raster recently announced the creation of the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Open Data Portal.  As their article explains, this portal is built with the open source platform CKAN, and provides a centralized, searchable catalog of all data provided by WRI.  We have written about specific WRI resources in this blog in the past, such as here, and one of our exercises makes use of WRI data for Kenya.  WRI has long been one of my favorite organizations and I have made extensive use of their data over the past 15 years.  Before this new portal, WRI researchers would publish data to their own WRI website, but this site only contained data from only a fraction of their projects.  The advantage of the new data portal is that it provides for the first time a full catalog of WRI datasets. Internally, the portal  also provides a more streamlined process for uploading and hosting data, which benefits WRI staff and data users, alike.

I tested the WRI Open Data Portal and was impressed at its clean interface and its ability to filter by file format and region.  I was puzzled, though, because I did not find that many additional data sets beyond what I have seen on WRI in the past.  But perhaps it is because of the search terms I used.  I also could not discover how to stream in data from ArcGIS Online as the article above mentions.  Nevertheless, the portal holds great promise; I highly encourage you to try it.

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WRI Open Data Portal interface.

–Joseph Kerski

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  1. April 1, 2019 at 12:25 pm

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