New Geo Portals: India, Mesoamerica and Caribbean

The project, a joint one from the U.S. government and India, moved to public beta on Sept 3. The current offerings include 13 raw datasets and four apps. None are in geospatial format, but atleast one of the the .xls or .txt files I looked at did have location information.

The National Data Portal based on the Data Portal India , is a platform for supporting Open Data initiative of Government of India. The portal is intended to be used by Government of India Ministries/ Departments their organizations to publish datasets, documents, services, tools and applications collected by them for public use. It intends to increase transparency in the functioning of Government and also open avenues for many more innovative uses of Government Data to give different perspective.

The underlying code is open source.

- StayGeo Blog via @gischethans

UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office, the Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean (CATHALAC) launched PortalGIS, a new GIS tool to support environment, disaster risk and climate change efforts in the region of Mesoamerica and the Caribbean. PortalGIS is a web-friendly geographic information tool, which, through an interactive portal, provides visual thematic data on the various regional efforts and needs, shares geospatial information and makes it available through the web to the entire community in the region. This useful tool allows users to view and share geospatial information without needing specialized software.

ArcGIS Server is used, best I can tell.


Published Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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