March 22, 2010
Data Made Discoverable with GeoIQ
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“We really saw this with our response to Haiti where folks were contributing through OpenStreetMap and other tools to make products available and a lot of non-GIS professionals were able to help solve some difficult problems,” Gorman said.
Another big problem is that vital information piles up and becomes inaccessible. In Afghanistan this is particularly the case.
In Afghanistan, FortiusOne got people to contribute their data to the GeoIQ appliances they had delivered into the field, running disconnected. Their impetus was their desire to get that data on top of ½ meter satellite imagery. The data contribution was indexed and is now discoverable and can be harvested by others.
“We had 30 different NGOs contributing public domain information into that project and all that data was discoverable, reusable and remixable, and we got it out of the digital junkyards,” said Gorman.
Another big problem cited by several of the Marine units was that information collected on the ground by combat units was largely lost -- about 90% of it lost between troop rotations.
“We found the same thing in a variety of different government organizations that a lot of field collected data ends up being used as a one-off or it's not shared or it ends up in the digital junkyard,” said Gorman. “When data is submitted from the field, GeoIQ allows it to be archived with metadata automatically attached to it, without the user having to contribute a lot. Having that all indexed and discoverable by the next group that comes in has been very beneficial.”
The next problem specifically addressed in Afghanistan that also has a broader reach is information gathering should be across geographic lines and not just purely on functional lines. This is where a geospatial approach is particularly helpful.
The field information is more critical to those in the field than those in the office. When data gets lost it can't be used. Once it is in the GeoIQ system it is automatically archived and indexed and can then be discovered. Gorman noted that GeoIQ's influence is not limited to only discovery within GeoIQ, it can locate federated information sitting in other platforms as well. Information can be federated out and information sitting in other repositories and databases can be federated in. It also makes that information available through web-based APIs. While a non-technical person can do a search, discover information, download and use it, developers can access information through APIs
to create their own applications and solutions with the data. FortiusOne offers a web services API for both GeoIQ Finder and Maker as well as a search API for doing the federated discovery. They are also currently adding a variety of OGC services.
The Washington Post,
Quake Mobilizes D.C. Area to Help Haiti, January 21, 2010
The Washington Business Journal,
FortiusOne Maps Earthquake Damage in Haiti, January 13, 2010
Local Tech Company Helps Volunteers in Haiti, January 14, 2010
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