Redefining Open Data – Public Sector CIO Summit Presentation

I was a featured speaker at the 2016 Esri Public Sector Summit.

While it's data that drives the government, it's open data that drives the community.

While it’s data that drives the government, it’s open data that drives the community.

In my presentation, Redefining Open Data, I argued that open data means so much more than making the data available for the public to use. It’s about helping the public do something with that data.

While data drives the government, it’s open data that drive the community. Citizens, businesses, students, nonprofits, and other governments all rely on open data to make their community a better place to live.

The slides from my presentation are available on SlideShare.

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ArcGIS Open Data Site of the Week: Alberta Geological Survey

Alberta Geological Survey Open Data CatalogueI worked with the great people at the Alberta Geological Survey to put together this blog post about their ArcGIS Open Data implementation.

What’s really cool is how they’re integrating their Open Data site with their web maps. For example, when you click on a feature on their Alberta Interactive Minerals Map (AIMM), which is a joint project with Alberta Energy, a pop up opens up with a link to that feature’s entry in their Open Data site.

Read about it here:

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Top 10 Reasons to Share Your Data with ArcGIS Open Data Blog Post

My new blog post, Top 10 Reasons to Share Your Data with ArcGIS Open Data, was published this morning. Go read it on the Esri Insider blog.

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Esri Insider Blog Posts

I’ve had a couple blog posts published on the Esri Insider blog.

I plan to start updating this blog again. Just need to sit down and figure out what to do with it.

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Batkid Saves Gotham City Story Map

Batkid Saves Gotham City! is a story map about Batkid (Miles Scott) that I put together with Jennifer Jacob by using one of Esri’s story map templates. Miles story is amazing and inspiring and we couldn’t help but tell his story. The story map includes a link to The Batkid Fund, which Miles’ parents set up to help the local charities that had done so much to help Miles.

Batkid Story Map Screenshot

Re-experience Batkid’s journey as he saves Gotham City (San Francisco).

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iOS 6 Apple Maps Sucks and No Google Maps App!? So What? Try These.

That Apple’s new Maps app included with iOS 6 is subpar isn’t news. In fact, it’s been done to death. You can read/watch some of the complaints here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, etc. Just as bad are the complaints that the Google Maps app is not available for iOS 6 and the only way to get driving directions on the iPhone 5 is to use Google Maps on the phone’s web browser.

These complaints are so widespread that Saturday Night Live even did a sketch about it on last night’s show, which you can watch the hilarious video here.

I just don’t get the uproar. Sure, it is annoying that the default iOS 6 mapping app is half-baked and that a Google Maps app isn’t available right now. But you know what? Apple’s going to get the kinks worked out,  Google would be insane to not be developing Google Maps for iOS 6, and there are plenty of other navigation apps available for the iPhone. To all you iPhone 5 owners out there, look at this as an opportunity to try out one of the other navigation apps.

After doing a quick search of the Apple App Store, I’ve put together a list of free alternative navigation apps for the iPhone (all these links go to the app’s page on

A complete list of navigation apps for the iPhone (free and otherwise) is available from here.

Note: I use an Android phone, so I haven’t used any of these apps on an iPhone. That being said, I use the Android version of the Waze app, which just blows the Google Maps app out of the water.

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How to Set Up Esri Geoportal Server 1.2.2 on Windows

This whitepaper is an update to my How to Set Up an Esri Geoportal Server
 article from the Summer, 2011 issue of ArcUser. It gives step-by-step instructions for installing the Esri Geoportal Server on an internal Windows server.

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