The Washington State Department of Information Services has launched the “Washington State Geospatial Portal” to allow people to access maps, interactive mapping applications and geographic data hosted on government websites.
The state data portal comes a day after Aneesh Chopra, the Obama Administration’s chief technology officer, told Seattle entrepreneurs that government data could spawn a whole new host of startups and services. The backbone of Obama’s open government goal includes Data.gov, which provides access to hundreds of thousands of government data sets.
The portal is a one-stop-shopping site to find map data on multiple state government agency websites.
The site has downloadable maps showing things like county population densities, tsunami and flood hazard areas and farming data. The state also has an app to select and zoom areas, choose layers and print. Interactive maps included on the site show information such as broadband speeds, sales tax rates, and comparisons of legislative districts.
The data is also viewable with Google Earth or Bing Maps programs.
And it also has its own satellite maps, powered by Esri, a California company that develops geographic information system software.
Esri also is working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and cloud computing.
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