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Ryan Hamilton
Ryan Hamilton
Ryan Hamilton majored in Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado and has been employed within both the LiDAR and IFSAR mapping worlds since 1998. His interests (that all appear to be tied to mapping) include blue water sailing, backcountry skiing and big mountain and downhill mountain … More »

I want my data

October 15th, 2013 by Ryan Hamilton

Access to data has never been easier. Web services and cloud storage have allowed a new level of access to geospatial data that would have been unimaginable 10 years ago. One of the hottest resources for getting data now is WeoGeo.

Promotion and sales are easy for data suppliers who can easily go to the WeoGeo marketplace and have their data reach millions of professionals. WeoGeo filters the available data depending on an area of interest and the data type that the buyer wants. As more and more suppliers and vendors join onto the WeoGeo marketplace, the geospatial world gets closer to a true one-stop data shop. Besides the convenience and ease of getting the right data, access to geo data has also become more economically friendly.

Companies like CloudEO offer a data library where developers can use geodata from multiple suppliers in a developer’s “sand box” without having to purchase the data. The data remains secure in the CloudEO environment but the developer can use it to build applications that need the expensive geodata to provide geospatial solutions. If they develop a useful app that needs the geo data to function then the geodata supplier is reimbursed through royalties as users access the app in the CloudEOs app market. This elimination of the upfront capital investment allows small and innovative developers to build solutions that would normally be beyond their means to fund. And, if you can get hundreds of developers using your data to make innovative apps, your chances of finding a relevant app to a particular market increases dramatically. It’s much like the Apple Store. Apple let their users do it.

The data world has always been a contract-dependent business, but with innovations like web services, cloud storage, and online marketplaces, we may soon see the days of living from contract to contract as history.

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